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A Tenkara rod with two adjustable lengths.  So you can fish it at 10.5 ft or 12 ft.  Weighs 3.5 ounces and collapses down to 24 inches.
A Tenkara rod with two adjustable lengths.  So you can fish it at 10.5 ft or 12 ft.  Weighs 3.5 ounces and collapses down to 24 inches.
A Tenkara rod with two adjustable lengths. So you can fish it at 10.5 ft or 12 ft. Weighs 3.5 ounces and collapses down to 24 inches.
831 backers pledged $143,535 to help bring this project to life.

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Tenkara is a Japanese style of fly fishing that dates back hundreds of years and pre dates the Western or traditional form of fly fishing (with a reel and loading line) that we know now.  It involves a long rod usually 8-13 feet in length, a very lightweight fixed line, tippet, and flies.  There is no reel in Tenkara.  This makes it much easier to learn because it helps you focus on the fly and not the line.

  

The Teton Zoom is our first adjustable length Tenkara rod.  You can fish this rod at both 10.5 ft. and 12 ft lengths.  Adjustable length rods have been around for some time.  And a couple years ago after many people kept inquiring about them we decided to make one of our own.  After two years of prototypes and testing we feel really pleased with this rod (thats what she said).

A zoom rod allows you to fish two different lengths of rod.  This means that you can easily transition from small water to bigger water.  It also helps reduce the need for other rods.  Instead of having a 10.5 ft. rod and a 12 ft. now you can just fish with the Teton Zoom and cover your ass.  For the longest time we tested and debated zoom rods.  Every sample we would try just didn't feel right.  Either the longest length would feel too noodly and disconnected, or the shortest length would feel too stiff.  We feel that this rod maintains a semi soft feel at both lengths.  

  

We were born on Kickstarter 5 years ago with the Teton and Sawtooth rod models and have continued to love and support this platform.  Since the beginning, we have been pushing the limits of Tenkara while innovating as much as possible.  In 2015 we released our Mini Rods which received overwhelming support from the Kickstarter community and blogosphere raising $220K, which is the most funded fishing crowdfunding project to date.

Since we started, we have released multiple new rods, nets, apparel, and accessories as well as done some fun collaborations with brands that we admire.  We are a passionate group of fishing enthusiasts who also have many other hobbies like biking, surfing, hunting, skiing, and snowboarding. 

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What makes Tenkara so fun is how portable and simple it is.  With rods collapsing down to 24 inches it means that you can take them anywhere with you.  And with it only taking 30-45 seconds to setup it means that you will fish more often.  Then if you decide you are done fishing that spot, it only takes another 30-45 seconds to collapse the rod and continue on.  

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Net Specs

 Overall net length: 24 inches

Net depth: 10 inches

Net opening: 16 1/2 inches long X 8 inches wide

Weight: 12 ounces

Materials: Carbon fiber

Handle: Rubberized for grippiness

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Risks and challenges

We have been designing and testing this rod for over 2 years now. We have gone through countless prototypes and have taken it to Europe, Alaska, and many parts of the US to test and make sure it works well in various different situations. We are also confident that our manufacturing will be able to produce these at scale and to our specifications.
With the last kickstarter project we did we had some problems with our production run and ended up replacing most of the rods just to make sure that people had a quality product. Knowing about those issues and living through that experience we are now doing everything in our power to create a high quality, durable, rod.

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    We will keep you updated on everything Tenkara!

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    Tenkara Flies

    Includes: 3 Tenkara style flies
    We will also keep you posted on any updates with Tenkara Rod Co.

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    Tenkara Rod Co. Carbon Fiber Net

    Retail $100. Carbon fiber net. We have black/silver, and orange/burnt orange. They are lightweight, durable, and hold fish!

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    Early Bird Tetom Zoom - Rod Only

    The Teton Zoom!
    Retail $195
    Includes:
    -The Teton Zoom, our adjustable length 10.5ft/12ft rod.
    -Rod sleeve.
    -Carbon fiber rod tube.

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    The Teton Zoom - Rod Only

    The Teton Zoom!
    Retail $195
    Includes:
    -The Teton Zoom, our adjustable length 10.5ft/12ft rod.
    -Rod sleeve.
    -Carbon fiber rod tube.

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    Early Bird Teton Zoom Package

    The Teton Zoom Package!
    Retail $225
    Includes:
    - 1 Teton Zoom rod (with rod sleeve and tube).
    - 1 walnut line holder.
    - 1 Tenkara line.
    - 1 spool of 5x tippet.
    - 3 Tenkara flies.
    Everything you need to get out and fish!

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    The Teton Zoom Package

    The Teton Zoom Package!
    Retail $225
    Includes:
    - 1 Teton Zoom rod (with rod sleeve and tube).
    - 1 walnut line holder.
    - 1 Tenkara line.
    - 1 spool of 5x tippet.
    - 3 Tenkara flies.
    Everything you need to get out and fish!

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    The Teton Zoom Package + Net

    The Teton Zoom Package and a Net
    Retail $325
    Includes:
    - 1 Teton Zoom rod (with rod sleeve and tube).
    - 1 Carbon fiber net (Orange or Black)
    - 1 walnut line holder.
    - 1 Tenkara line.
    - 1 spool of 5x tippet.
    - 3 Tenkara flies.
    Everything you need to get out and fish!

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    Teton Zoom Package x 2

    This reward is for 2 Teton Zoom packages
    Retail $450
    Includes:
    - 2 Teton Zoom rods (with rod sleeve and tube).
    - 2 walnut line holders.
    - 2 Tenkara lines.
    - 2 spools of 5x tippet.
    - 6 Tenkara flies.
    Everything you need to get out and fish for 2 people!

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