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  • SATO™<br>Triple-zoom 10’8”/ 11’10”/12’9” <br>
  • SATO™<br>Triple-zoom 10’8”/ 11’10”/12’9” <br>
Triple-zoom 10’8”/ 11’10”/12’9”


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The Tenkara USA Sato™ rod is named after Mr. Ernest Satow, an avid mountaineer who was the first person to make a written record of tenkara. The Sato is a compact and lightweight tenkara rod. At its shorter length it is perfect for tighter streams, and at its full length it will be ideal when the stream opens up again or when you find a bigger pool to cast your fly.

With several years of design experience under our belt and feedback from our users, we feel we have achieved what we set out to do: give you a rod that is super light-weight, durable, versatile and feels very precise. Plus, we wanted to design a rod that would make it easy to answer "which tenkara rod should I get?".

The Sato™ has two patent pending features:
Triple-zoom: this allows you to use the rod at three different lengths - 10’8”/ 11’10”/12’9” (330/360/390cm). The average length for a tenkara rod is 12ft long, we like to recommend rods that are closer to 13ft, yet many people are intimidated by such long lengths for rods intended for smaller streams. So, we felt a rod with the 3 most common lengths would be an easy choice: short to ease you into tenkara, long to give you a taste of the advantages presented by a long tenkara rod.
Keep your Plug ™ system (patent pending): We're very excited about this very simple yet innovative feature. After hearing that no one has ever been able to keep their tenkara rod plug for longer than a year we decided we should find a solution for you to never lose your plug again. We designed the “Keep your plug”™ system. Next time you go fishing, remove the plug from the top end of your rod and insert it into the hole at the bottom of your rod. The Sato™ will come with two plugs on the rod; please leave one at home in case you ever need it.

Weight: 2.6 oz (73.7 g);
Closed length: 22 Ύ”(57.78cm);
Open lengths: 10’8”/ 11’10”/12’9” (330/360/390cm)*;
Handle length:10 ½”(26.7cm);
Segments: 9
* There may be slight discrepancies in their extended length of tenkara rods

ACTION: We're phasing out the Tenkara rod index system. We have decided that we will make the best tenkara rods around and the flex of a tenkara rod is not a crucial aspect of selecting a tenkara rod. If you have been tenkara fishing for sometime and want a frame of reference, the Sato is a fast 6:4.
U.S. & foreign patents pending
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  • Paul Gaskell says     5 out of 5 flies
  • Terrific rod
  • Location/type of places I fish: UK rain-fed and spring-fed rivers, small streams (both wooded and open upland)
  • Everything that I would say about the sister-rod of the Sato (the Rhodo) applies here; so I've copied the text over... Terrific casting rod at all lengths; great tip recovery and no "wobble" after the stop has been made on each casting stroke. This is first and foremost a superb casting and fishing rod. THEN, you have got all the other patented features and the triple zoom functionality...Trip and product report here:
  • posted December 11, 2013
  • tvdavis says     5 out of 5 flies
  • A Very Nice Rod with Great Potential
  • Location/type of places I fish: Intermountain West
  • The Sato is a highly versitile rod owning to its multi-length configuration. The action is excellent; the rod loads well with a #3.5 level line. The rod is very lightweight and has very little tip heaviness, and this only in the 390 configuration. Materials are excellent. Fit and finish are excellent. If you are looking for one rod to fish on moderate mountain streams for tenkara sized fish (6-16 inches) then this just might be the rod for you! Highly Recommended!!
  • posted December 11, 2013
  • David Southall says     5 out of 5 flies
  • Lovely Versatile Rod
  • Location/type of places I fish: East Yorkshire (small streams) UK
  • I've only been out twice with the Sato so far but have already fallen in love with it.

    The first session was just casting with small dry flies. It cast an 18 foot number 2 line perfectly yet was not overpowered by a similar length 4 weight line when it got windy.

    The second session was on my local small river, the Yorkshire Derwent where I landed 14 out of season trout to 13 inches, 2 rainbows of 15 inches & 2 grayling of about 11 inches. Most fell to either a small orange egg fly or a bead-head partridge & hare's ear spider, but 1 fell to a size 20 CdC dry. The rod cast brilliantly & handled the feisty rainbows easily.

    The triple zoom facility was brilliant in the wooded sections of the river & the rod cast well at all lengths.


    Dave Southall
  • posted December 29, 2013
  • 10karafish says     5 out of 5 flies
  • Great rod for all water
  • Location/type of places I fish: Small rivers and creeks
  • This is the rod for all waters. From small creeks to large rivers. At every size the rod performs great. I have not noticed any performace loss in casting between the sizes. The ability to immediately change the length in certain conditions is critical for me. I am using 3.5 level line with this rod. Would highly recommend if you only want to own one rod. Keep it simple.
  • posted January 29, 2015
  • troutrageous1 says     4 out of 5 flies
  • A Nice Compliment to the Rhodo
  • Location/type of places I fish: FL by way of PA
  • The Sato is a very nice rod. For most, it may be the only rod they need considering the lengths covered by the Triple Zoom option. Extremely functional at what we'll call "Short" and "Medium" lengths, I think at it's longest, I still prefer fishing the Ito, (which is why I gave this rod 4 out of 5). Honestly though, faults are hard to come by. Living in Florida, I've used the Sato to handle big panfish and small to medium sized largemouth bass with ease. I wouldn't be surprised if the Sato surpasses the 12' Iwana as the most attractive "all around" rod for Tenkara USA in the not too distant future.
  • posted December 17, 2013

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