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A superb quality, crafted-with-care Tenkara rod makes fly fishing more fun and more effective in catching fish!
A superb quality, crafted-with-care Tenkara rod makes fly fishing more fun and more effective in catching fish!
148 backers pledged $24,683 to help bring this project to life.
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Tanuki Ninja-Tenkara Fly Fishing Rod | Tenkara Tanuki

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Yanko Design covers the best in international product design.
Yanko Design covers the best in international product design.


One of the joys of fishing is manipulating a fly to fool a fish or feeling a fish in deep water. Fishing with a very fine line helps a fisher to keep the line above water easier and have a better contact between the rod and fly. 

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Tanuki Ninja offers all the joy and effectiveness in fishing. It is designed and built to be very flexible and sensitive. The flexibility of the rod helps cast a very fine line without much effort and the sensitivity gives the fisher additional indicator to detect a fish bite in deep water. Tanuki Ninja makes casting with a very fine line truly effortless. 

Tanuki Ninja’s design is based on Japanese tenkara fishing style that originated in Japan hundreds of years ago for commercial fishers. It is the simplest way of fly fishing. It requires just a rod, a line and a fly, and no reel is necessary. Without a reel, it is easy to learn to fly fish for newcomers or just to focus on fishing for experienced fly fishers.

The rod is super light, it weights about 2.2 oz or 63 grams. It is possibly the world lightest tenkara rod. 

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Working with rod engineer on Tanuki Ninja 3D model.
Working with rod engineer on Tanuki Ninja 3D model.

I have been working closely with rod manufacture engineers and production staff since my first rod 2014. Having a good relationship with the manufacturer, and understanding the process and the use of material helps me to dictate the quality and delivery schedule. 

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I have spent several weeks at manufacture to work with rod engineers to build a custom computer rod model library for Tanuki rods.  

Casting a very fine line and landing a fish with Ninja rod is quite simple.

TO CONNECT LINE TO THE ROD

The Package comes with two lines: floating and fluorocarbon line #3.5. Be sure, the tippet is always inside the lower section because the tippet is very fine. https://youtu.be/eRiC8gjV8us

Fluorocarbon line is better to use because it is lighter but harder to see. It would take sometime to get used to it. To connect the fluorocarbon line without or with stopping knot https://youtu.be/mP6eQPBqoUM

Tanuki floating length is very easy custom the line length.  https://youtu.be/vCzBtkR8Sfc

CASTING
Keep the wrist vertical, tip section bend not the rod, and relax holding the grip.
Cast with speed and no force because the line is very light and the rod tip is very flexible. It is a continuous casting without pause on backcast because the line is too line and short, there is no mass on the line

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 DRY FLY MANIPULATION

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DIVING DEEP INTO TECHNICAL 
ROD ACTION
Fishing rod action is a combination of Power Flex and Casting Flex. 

Rod PowerFlex
Rod PowerFlex

Power Flex is defined by line weight or lure weight. To define power flex, rod maker hang a weight on the tip of the rod, to find out how much weight for a rod bend down to a third of the rod. More weight means heavier line. Tenkara rod is new and the line is so fine, there is no standard for it. I am working on it.  

Rod Action Flex
Rod Action Flex


Casting Flex is defined by Fast, Medium and Slow. The rod bend close to the tip will be faster. When it is casted, the air resistance bends the rod.

LINES

Tenkara line comparison
Tenkara line comparison

Monofilament is best for keeping the line above water, or sink fast for nymphing but low visibility
Furled Line is easiest to cast with but it absorbs water, fixed - length and easy to get tangle.
Tanuki Floating Line is a high quality floating line. It is in between monofilament and furled line. It is a Hi-Vis, light ,  water resistant and no memory.

HIGH STICK NYMPHING - Euro-Nymphing, Czech Nymphing, Tactical Nymphing.

Line set up
Line set up

Both Nissin Pal level line and Tanuki floating line can be used for both dry fly and tactical nymphing

BIG FISH LANDING

Fishing Landing with Tenkara rod
Fishing Landing with Tenkara rod

Bring the fish closer to surface water if you can. 

READING WATER  (Coming soon) and more

Development time line

Tanuki Ninja Timeline
Tanuki Ninja Timeline

Risks and challenges

Risks and challenges

Developing this rod has long been in the works. The biggest challenge has been creating a super high-quality rod while keeping the price affordable.

I have been producing Tenkara Tanuki rods for several years now and have a good track record of being able to deliver superb a quality product which provides consistent high performance.

After we reach our funding goal, we will buy all the materials and begin production. It is a new rod model, but I am confident in the design as this rod has been tested since the summer of 2016. I plan to start delivering in early May. The manufacturer is ready to roll and we are just waiting for funds to give them the green light.


We are offering free lifetime warranties. – no questions asked.

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