Do you love big bluegill?
Just curious, did anyone fish this season with a Tenkara Rod. I used a Fountainhead Caddis rod twice and had a blast.
My friend, you are just ahead of your time :) and I have OCD .
Me , I'm still fishing like a 5 year old and looking forward to the spring. The ice guys are giving me a few ideas for the spring.
Jim, it 's all in the bend of the rod. I've had peacock bass hit the fly when it's fully extended and the 4# test leader popped as advertised, saving the rod. (it's recommended you use leader 5# test or smaller so the leader will break and not the rod tip) I've landed carp up to 3 ½ pounds on you 4# test leader and my largest fish is a 4 pound peacock bass. I don't recommend going for these larger fish… the under a pound size is a lot more fun… but if one accidentally grabs your fly, it can be handled with a little luck.
I use the 13 foot rods (5:5 and 4:6). A bradded line 12 to 13 foot… and 4 to 6 feet of 4# test leader.
They are not designed as big fish poles nor to pull fish out of heavy weed lines. Would not want you to spend the money and break rod tips. Telescopic poles would do great for that application since they are designed to pull fish from heavy weed lines. I use both methods and they are not interchangeable but both are extremely productive.
thats the first thing i looked at and thought the design was somewhat flawed. a rod used like that isolates alot of stress in the tip and is not dispersed through the bend of the rod. if i modeled that rod on a appropriate stress software the tip would be bright red showing stress and the rest of the rod would be cool blue. the lillia should extend and be anchored in the butt of the rod dispersing the stress along the length of the rod thru the line.
The bend of the rod is surprisingly very good at dispersing stress but Tenkara is designed for small / medium fish like bluegill and trout. You would not use a 0 weight flyrod for tarpon and I would not recommend Tenkara for Carp or large Bass.
They are and work
great for kids. I still remember my first bluegill on Tenkara.
If you have any questions, let me know.