(This project has been funded so we are moving forward with production, you can still support the campaign and get a sweet deal on the MIZUCHI Tenkara rod that will ship by October.)
Thanks For Your HELP Moving Production Forward
& Bring This Rod To Life
Our factory has helped us design this rod through several prototypes that have all been tested by Tom Davis for feedback on what needs to change for it to become what he feels is the perfect small stream Tenkara rod. The last prototype just needed a few minor cosmetic changes, which is easy. This rod will be just what many people are looking for in a small stream rod that can be fished in very tight spots but extend for longer reach when streams open up, all this at a budget conscious price.
The problem is that we do not have the money to get this fantastic small stream Tenkara rod from prototype to production so we are asking for your help by pledging your money to move this product forward and in return we will give you some awesome rewards. If you can help us raise at least $6000 or more, we can find a way to make up the difference.
(all photos below are of the current prototype rod)
The Idea of the MIZUCHI Ultimate Small Stream Tenkara Rod
We here at DRAGONtail Tenkara are constantly trying to make our rods & gear better by getting feedback from experienced anglers. This prototype MIZUCHI zx340 Small Stream Tenkara rod was born from a collaboration rod design we did with Tom Davis (a master of fishing small overgrown rivers that most people pass up) of Teton Tenkara Blog. Tom's input & testing was key in shaping the outcome of the MIZUCHI rod prototypes, we even let him name the rod.
Tom had a few goals in mind that he wanted in a small stream Tenkara rod that would make him more efficient fishing his creeks and overgrown streams.
- 1) be no shorter than 240 cm length. I have found that shorter rods don't cast well (at least for me). 240 cm is about as short as I can effectively cast using the traditional overhead or side arm cast.
- 2) be able to "zoom" to a longer (not just longer, but practical and usable) length for use when the canopy opens up and a longer reach is desired (beaver ponds, meadow sections, an opening in the trees, etc).
- 3) have excellent balance at all lengths, especially in the fully extended length (in other words, it shouldn't feel great in the short length and weirdly heavy at the longer length).
- 4) have a flex action appropriate for the intended use of the desired length. For example, at the short length it must have a fast hook set and fish fighting control over rod loading during casting (it must cast well but that's not the top priority in the short length; power to hook and control the fish is). But in the long length it must have excellent rod loading and line control, and still maintain fish fighting power. Hook set speed now takes a back seat as the canopy is more open allowing a larger hook set arc (and the hook set should not be too stiff so to launch small trout out into the trees).
- 5) be dull in finish and non flashy in color scheme. I fully believe that rod flash and bright colors make me more visible to the trout when I'm only 8-10 feet away (in the clear waters of my home).
- 6) have great sling shot casting abilities (other name is bow and arrow cast). I want to launch the fly into tight places without having to pull the fly past my ear. Sling casting is mainly needed in the 240 cm length and is not quite as critical at long rod lengths. Also, it must have excellent non-traditional casting capabilities like flip casting and air roll casting.
- 7) be robust so to handle the unique stresses of a small creek. But it should also have great customer service and be easily and economically repaired if breakage does happen.
- 8) be able to be completely disassembled for drying and cleaning.
With those goals in mind he contacted us and we went through several prototypes before finally creating a prototype rod that met all those goals. I can't say the prototype rod is perfect but it is truly an awesome Tenkara rod for small streams or open water, we are a bit ecstatic about how the final product prototype turned out.
Tom Commented: "I fished the prototype rods (all iterations) on a variety of small creeks. It casts extremely well, hooks quickly, controls trout in slow and fast water and is a joy to use. The rod is robust, like all of DRAGONtail rods, and held up to every abuse I could give it. Needless to say I was very pleased how things turned out. "
( Video from some of Tom's Testing below )
3-Tenkara-Rods-In-One For Tight Spots and Open Water
The MIZUCHI 340zx Tenkara rod can be fished at 3 different lengths with its two locking zoom sections, making it an excellent choice for small stream fishing to open water fishing.
The 11ft (340cm) long length is excellent for when you have open casting room such as wider sections of the stream, a river, or even on still water. The 11ft length is a great general purpose length for a Tenkara rod that will work great in most types of water where there is room to cast.
The 9.6ft (290cm) middle length is great when the stream or canopy are a bit to tight for a long rod but don't require a super short rod.
And the short 8ft (240cm) length is perfect for when there is lots of canopy overgrowth. You can also perform an excellent bow-n-arrow cast if things are to tight for this length.
These 3 different lengths in one rod allow you to cover many different waters with the same rod.
What is Tenkara? For those of you who don't know
It is basically a form of fixed line fly fishing with origins from the mountains of Japan. Tenkara fishing uses a long (commonly 10-13ft) telescopic rod with NO REEL. A short light weight line (about the length of the rod) is tied to the tip of the rod, with about 3-4ft of tippet and a fly on the end.
The gear is simple and the basics are easy to learn so you can start catching fish early on in the learning process. That being sad, you can spend a lifetime learning different different casting presentations and fly manipulations techniques that go way beyond the basics.
Some of the big advantages of Tenkara fishing gear is:
- Simple, light-weight and compact telescopic rod that can be packed with you anywhere (it is very popular for hikers, bike packing). The rod collapses down to about 2ft long with no reel; so the only other gear you need to carry is a small spool with your line, some tippet, and some flies.
- The long rod and short light line allow you to create a triangle keeping the majority of your line off the water so you get a perfect drift with little effort. You can reach over current, guide your fly around obstructions, or guide your fly to drift into the perfect hole.
- Having a tight line to your fly gives you the ability to perform fly manipulation techniques with the slightest twitches, allowing you to temp fish to strike your fly when a dead drift does not work well.
- There is no reel to mess with! This means line management and less fuss and more enjoying what is around you.
- It is quick to learn the basics and fun to learn new ways to present and manipulate your flies.
MIZUCHI Rod Specs:
Estimated Retail Price: $160
With it's 3 lengths, the MIZUCHI rod will be a great option for kids as well. Little kids can learn on the short lengths of the MIZUCHI Tenkara Rod that is easier for them to handle. As they get older or more experienced, they can graduate up to using the longer lengths of the MIZUCHI Tenkara rod. It is like a rod that grows with them.
DRAGONtail's Excellent Customer Service
The MIZUCHI Tenkara Rod is backed by DRAGONtail's excellent (and highly rated) customer service based right here in the USA (not China) and every part of the rod is available and replaceable individually if an accidental break happens. So you can order just the replacement part you need making it very cost effective ship and repair parts of your rod.
We take care of all immediate defects free of charge. Breaks that happen later on from use and accidents can be repaired by purchasing individual replacement parts (every part is replaceable) from our website at a small cost.
We also have a One-Time-Rod-Replacement warranty in place that allows you to replace your MIZUCHI rod with a new MIZUCHI Tenkara rod for just $60+shipping. This is a great option if you accidentally break or ruin several parts.
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