Confusion and Consternation Over Rod Action Selections Is The Order Of The Day:
There seems to be a lot of confusion and consternation around here over which rod action (5:5, 6:4 or 7:3) to chose by both new and more experienced anglers visiting this forum. A lot of people get all bogged down in the angling considerations, such as the size of the fish they will be catching, which rod action handles big fish the best, which action handles wind the best, and what rod action is the most pleasurable to fish with. Other considerations are also worried over a lot, such as which rod length to use for which stream size, which weight and action of rod casts which line type (traditional tapered lines, level fluorocarbon lines, tapered fluorocarbon lines, and even retrograde and modern horse hair lines and their synthetic equivalent substitute) lines the best. And there are probably as many different answers for all these questions as there are anglers out there asking the questions.
Daniel's Good And Accurate Advise:
Daniel has stated, and rightly so, that there is an adjustment period that every beginning Tenkara fly fishermn must go through. And no matter what rod you chose to buy and fish with, you will probably be well satisfied with the results you will get after getting through that adjustment period, as all the rods he offers for sale are quite capable of handling fish up to at least 18 inches with just about any Tenkara USA line that is offered for sale. That is not to say that some rods may not fish a little better than others in some situations, for some anglers. And the devil as always is in the details. This situation is not quite so bad for the more experienced anglers among us, but for people who are new to fly fishing or fishing in general, they are often left with out much information that is very reassuring to help them go on. So I am going to offer up a different point of view here in addition to what others have said, one I believe will lessen the confusion and give the proper prospective for a Tenkara rod buyer to utilize, something that is a good deal more concrete and positive to get a handle on what type of rod will work out the best for you, whether you are experienced or inexperienced.
All Anglers Are Different, With Different Capabilities and Needs:
As anglers we are all different, with different temperaments and physical abilities that the rod must be complementary to and in agreement with for us to be truly satisfied with our rod purchase as a fishing tool that really fits us. The fishing considerations are secondary to the primary ergonomic angling rod considerations specific to each individual angler. To determine which rod action is best suited to you, you need only to ask yourself as series of questions and answer them truthfully as you can to the best of your ability. Determine where you actually are on your life journey in angling, not where you aspire to be or where you hope to get to in the future.
Active Aggressive Angler Personality Types:
Are you a type A Personality angler? Are you a hard charging angler, ready to hit the water all day long from before the sun is up to well after the sun has set, making as many casts and hooking as many fish as you can in an angling day? Are you young, athletic, strong and with a lot of endurance? Do you have quick reflexes and impeccable timing? When you cast, do you want a speedy response from the rod and line with pin point accuracy, and lazier fast line speed delivered directly on target? If you can answer yes to most of these questions, then you will be best served by choosing a rod with a casting action on the fast side of 6:4 or better yet the 8:3 or faster action Tenkara rods.
The More Laid Back Type Of Angler Personality Types:
On the other hand are you a more relaxed angler, willing to take the time to smell the flowers in your fishing day? Are you more into the total experience of angling than just into the catching all the fish that you can catch? Are you getting older, not as strong as you once were, with reflexes and timing that is not quite as good as it used to be? Do you like casting a rod that you can wait for the rod to throw the line for you, rather than rushing things and over powering the tip of the rod, creating a tangled mess in the line when you over do it with a slower action rod. Are you more into careful approaches and stealth than into covering all the water that you can in a day? If your answers are yes to most of these questions, then you would be best served with one of the 5:5 action rods in what ever length you like the best.
The Middle Of The Road Anglers or Anglers Unsure Of Where They Fit In To The Total Angling Range:
If you are somewhere in the middle between being a hard charger and a more relaxed angler, then you will probably be best served with a more middle of the road 6:4 action rod, in what ever length appeals to you. The 6:4 action rods have models that shade into the other two types, so this middle ground is the broadest in its total applications and will cast either traditional tapered or level lines well. Like a lot of middle of the road compromises, the 6:4s are probably not the best with either a tapered or a level line in their casting abilities that can be had, but they are more than good enough to satisfy most enthusiastic anglers. So if you are in doubt of where you fit in going down this particular Tenkara fishing road, it is hard to go wrong with the middle of the road approach to rod selection in Tenkara fishing, and that's probably why the Iwana rods are so popular, because they do everything reasonably well.
So if you have bought a rod that is out of your personal personality type for you and your angling capabilities, all is not really lost. Especially if it is a slower, softer rod. You see, none of us stays strong, young and quick forever. A rod that may be too slow for you now will be grown into later. So if you have to error, it is better to error on the side of slowness rather than fastness in your rod selection processes. After you determine your personality type, physical casting abilities, and which action type will work out the best for you, then it is time to take the more fishing specific aspects of rod selection process into account and make the more refined rod model decisions that are available to you. But your personal personality and physical casting requirements should always come first, well before the purely fishing related rod model selection process is considered. Most people do it exactly the other way around, with no consideration being given at all to their personal, temperamental needs, which dooms them into making many rod purchase before they accidentally fall into the right rod purchase for them. Hopefully, this little piece will shorten the learning curve for you right now or in the future.