Hi, I’m Randy and I’m new here. I’d like to hear from people with experience owning or fishing the Japanese Tenkara rods vs the American brands like Dragontail or Tenkara USA; am I missing out by not owning these Japanese rods.
As background, I’ve been Tenkara fishing for a month or so, but I’ve been fly fishing for well over 30 years. I’ve never been one to buy high end rods and reels, I’ve always opted for more reasonable gear that won’t make me die inside when I break it. For the last 3 years I’ve shunned my far more expensive carbon fly rods for the complete collection of $70 Cabela’s CGR fiberglass rods. I still catch plenty of fish, and nobody has more fun on the water than me.
Back around to the topic, what am I missing by fishing a Dragontail Shadowfire rod as opposed to one of the Japanese rods? I’ve caught far north of three hundred fish with my Shadowfire, probably north of four hundred. Largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, two catfish and a really confused carp. No problems at all. I’m hitting my spots pretty much every time using furled leaders that I make in my garage. I’m not missing hook sets. At all. Ever. I have only let a few fish get away once hooked, I catch them, and I land them.
If you’ve used both Japanese and USA brands of Chinese rods, what am I missing? I’m about to buy the Dragontail Mizuchi as my next rod, is there a Japanese rod that mostly hits those same zoom points that would be a better buy? And I don’t mean better from a money standpoint. I’m not a gawdzillionaire, but I buy less expensive because I choose to, not because I must.