Daiwa Master Tenkara L 3.6m rods introduced Nov 2018

(David Walker) #1

Last time round Daiwa introduced the Expert Tenkara L & Expert Tenkara LT [エキスパート テンカラ L & エキスパート テンカラ LT ] rods.

The Master Tenkara L [ マスター テンカラ L ] rods are now listed on their webpage this time round, with release date of Nov 2018 [2018.11 デビュー]. Two rods, both 3.6m in length. The LL 36 & LT 36.

The rods only have 4 segments. Thus a longer collapsed length of 99.2 cm, about 1m. Weight 78g and 80g.

Pricey rods, both list for 46,000 JPY ~ $408. I did not find them listed yet on any commercial websites. Maybe retailers will list them at lower than Daiwa’s list price.

Developed by Katayama Etsuji-san tester [片山悦二さんテスター ]. Who calls it a “中継テンカラ竿”, Which I am guessing means a mid flex (middle segment) rod. The same 中継 term is used in the description of the Expert L tenkara rods.

Each rod has a different type of tip. First segment. LL 36 (Tubular tip), LT 36 (mega top tip). Which from the description indicates the difference is to enhance the use of light level line or tapered line, and why they should work better.

Daiwa Master Tenkara L rod

Also listed on their new products list for release in Feb. 2019, is a kebari set.


One brown and one white. I doubt I would order them. But I would reproduce a clone. Actually I already tie kebari that are pretty similar. I might try tying ones that are a closer copy.

Daiwa Tenkara Standard All Season Kebari Set

(Mike Kookagee Shelton) #2

David, thank you for all the information and for sharing it with us. The price seems a jump from previous rods but they do make some awesome tenkara rods. I just hope we don’t see prices continue to rise like Winston, Sage, Scott, and Orvis fly rods. You have to refinance your home to purchase them. That was one of the things that turned me off to western fly fishing. It used to be $225-275 would get you the top of the line rod and bamboo was about $500-600.

(David Walker) #3

There are a few other high end tenkara rods in that same price range. The Tenryu Furaibo TF39TA, the DT Karasu rods. I think the Shimano Honryu rods were in that same price range when first released.

Daiwa had a tenkara rod that was in that, if I recall correctly, was in the same price range six or so years ago when it was discontinued.
Direct Sensor Grip. DSG=ダイレクトセンサーのグリップ。「ダイワ 飛仙翔DSG」


And you may recall the custom 天龍 TF39「ベッチョウ」:
Tenryū TF 39 `becchou’ rod from last year that was 87,000 JPY.



The market, aka buyers, for higher priced rods maybe a small group, but there are always a few people willing to pay a higher price for a rod that is special in some way.

The Daiwa Master Tenkara L rods also only has 4 segments which I believe does a couple of useful things due to having fewer joints.

The rods seem to take on a smoother bend casting a little nicer, and with fewer joints I have found them to be a little quicker to deploy - extend and collapse. But at the price of being longer when collapsed. The Nissin Air Stage Honryu (aka NASH) or Nissin Air Stage Honryu (I own both) & the Shimano Honryu Tenkara 44 NP , with 5 segments, rods for example.

(Mike Kookagee Shelton) #4

I hope I can try out one of these new Daiwa rods, they sound really interesting. I have 2 older daiwa rods which I enjoy very much along with Suntech “Trout Bum” rods.