The Ito is the longest rod in our lineup. We strived to achieve a very long rod, with the lightest possible feel. A true delight to fish any mountain stream, the Ito will be most at home in wider streams, larger rivers and ponds. It is the main rod we like to recommend for those who fish more open streams. The Ito feels incredibly light at 13ft, as the balance is brought closer to the handle, and still very light at 14ft7in.
: The Ito features an innovative "zoom" function, which allows the angler to lock one segment in place to fish the rod either at 13ft (390cm) length or, fully extended, at 14ft7in (450cm). The zoom locks both at the butt of the rod with a proprietary cap, and at the end of the handle segment. Having a rod that can be instantly extended an extra 2ft is a true asset in any mountain stream, even some of the smaller streams. A killer combination with a very long line in a large stream, or with a shorter line in a small stream. This is by far the most versatile rod we offer.
We used the highest possible quality cork for the handle and only the finest components to make this our premium rod. The finish is also superb, being a matte black with a gradient dark blue block at the end of each segment. This is the best value on a tenkara rod you'll find anywhere.
*rod lengths may vary slightly from indicated due to the telescopic nature of the rods
13ft - 14ft7in
Matte Black with dark blue sections
9 (can be fished as 8)
4.1oz (116g) -
Made in China
1% of the sale value of this item will be donated to conservation efforts.
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- Andy_Lamberson says 5 out of 5 flies
- Perfect for those long casts
- Location/type of places I fish: Driftless area trout streams in Minnesota and WI
- This has been the rod I've been looking for! I have an 12' Iwanna...which I love...but sometimes the trout are just rising just a little bit to far away!
The extra length of this rod...plus the longer line you can cast amounts to an increase of at least 4 feet.
The rod does balance best at 13', with a nice crisp action, but when you need the extra length to reach that other bank or to land the fish the rod quickly adjusts to 14' 7" which is a really...really...nice feature.
So far I've landed Brown Trout up to 16" on this rod with no issues. It's perfect for those 10-14"ers that are most common on our streams.
I've been doing a lot of winter nymph fishing with this rod and I give it a solid A+.
- posted March 09, 2013
- mscarpena says 5 out of 5 flies
- Nice rod
- Location/type of places I fish: Western NY and Adarondaik Mountains
- Since I just bought this rod I have not used it yet, but I love my 12 footer. I have fished a few times and had a couple nice ones jump just out of my fishing range well NOT ANYMORE. I love how easy it is to switch from 13' to the 14'7". I figured it would be some tricky cam locking system, but nope, just pull it out or push it in. I got a great price on it and I can not wait to use it. I am going to Idaho in a few weeks and you can bet this will be something I bring. The rod seems very well built and I have heard nothing,but great things from Tenkara USA. I love the furled lines they make.
- posted December 13, 2013
- hselbie says 5 out of 5 flies
- excellent rod for the Sierras, needs technique for smaller brushy streams, handles decent size trout
- Location/type of places I fish: bay area, big sur coastal, Sierras
- The ito was my first premium tenkara rod, coming to it from one of the cheaper non tusa rods was a massive step up in build quality, sensitivity, and functionality.
Coming from a 12ft rod the ito length and zoom function have made me able to reach parts of the streams I fish with great ease, this enables better drifts, tighter line etc.
Catching fish the ito handles smaller feisty fish well but still gives you a fun feeling. I've managed to land a 16 inch rainbow, but I'm sure that I haven't begun to test the capability yet.
Primarily use it backpacking because it's light and strong when not extended.
Admittedly it's not the cheapest, my decision was this or the ayu, but I'm happy with the choice.
- posted April 26, 2012
- pechelman says 5 out of 5 flies
- Give it a chance
- Location/type of places I fish: rivers and streams
- When I first got this rod, honestly, I just wasnt sure about it. It felt slow, floppy, sloppy, and it just reminded me of some older fiberglass western rods I've just not enjoyed. To make matters worse, all of these traits were only exacerbated by extending the rod to 14'6". All of these impressions I had after a 30min casting session at the local park with a longer ~20ft section of #4 level line. It just wasnt a fair assesment in the end.
Fast forward ahead to the first weekend I took it out on the water, and the rod finally just made sense. Its slow and soft, but its just a joy to cast with shorter 12' #4 level line I had on that day. The rod was so forgiving and easy going. The extra soft tip of this rod, while obviously protecting tippets better than any other rod I've ever fished, also provides a really unique ability to make a dry fly dance across the water just like a real fly.
The stiffer tenkara rods can still do this, but sometimes you end up pulling the fly completely off the water more than you intend.
While being a softer rod, its still handled the 14" trout without blinking. Id feel confident I think up to about an 18-22" trout, assuming I wasnt in white water. Definitely plan ahead for playing the fish and landing if you are targeting larger trout, but that honestly goes for any rod and any situation.
If i'm driving somewhere to fish, where I'm not targeting very large trout, its the rod I grab for first. The extra length makes avoiding currents easy as well as landing fish.
Overall, I've come to truly love this rod, especially in its longer zoomed out length. I thought I'd never cast it this way, but I enjoy it just as much if not more. I was mistaken to originally think back to those old fiberglass western rods...I should have been thinking more of a high end bamboo rod.
Give it a chance, and you wont be disappointed.
- posted April 26, 2012
- statikpunk says 5 out of 5 flies
- You will learn to love it
- Location/type of places I fish: Freestone streams and small mountain ponds
- Coming from the much stiffer feeling Iwanas, This rod was a stretch and to be totally honest at first I didn't like it very much because of its slow action. But now that I have gotten used to it I much prefer it to any of my other rods, the zoom function for me doesn't get used much but on the rare occasions when I need it I'm glad its there. also I have found that when the wind is blowing hard that extending the rod out to its full length gives just enough power to cast fairly well. this will not be a rod that I give up any time soon.
I did on one very large fish (larger than is recommended for this rod) have my rod break. the guys here got me my replacement parts with no hassle in less than 4 days! I was back on the water the very next weekend. I couldn't be happier with the rod or the service.
- posted April 28, 2012
- LarryTullis says 5 out of 5 flies
- My favorite of 6 tenkara rods
- Location/type of places I fish: Medium small to large rivers and ponds.
- The Ito is great for big fish and nymphing larger streams. I often fish for bigger trout than the traditional tenkara mountain stream trout and it is a fact that longer tenkara rods can land bigger fish. I have caught trout to 26 inches on it and even medium sockeye salmon. I like that it can shrink down when being used on smaller waters or by a gal or a kid. I use the full length mostly so I can cover more water and get longer drifts with nymphs or dry flies. It's great from a drift boat too because you can keep the line well out away from the oars. Great float tube rod in lakes! Don't be intimidated by its length, just think of it as cane pole fly fishing, which is how it was done for hundreds of years before fly reels were invented (originally with braided horse hair lines and leaders).
- posted November 18, 2016
- goneflyfishing says 5 out of 5 flies
- Just fun to cast
- Location/type of places I fish: Larger Rivers, ponds
- The Ito is one of those rods that makes you smile when you pick it up. At 13ft, it is in my view the best balanced rod in the TUSA lineup. It is very easy to cast and the action is what started selling me using level lines. The 6:4 is definitively on the lower end, closer to 5:5. Fully extended, the rod feels a bit more tip heavy compared to the 13ft position because the additional rod section that was part of the handle is now in front of you. I love to fish it at 13ft and extend to 14'7" when fighting/landing a fish. Love it.
- posted April 28, 2012
- docdinh says 5 out of 5 flies
- Ito is the "IT" rod
- Location/type of places I fish: Utah - the provo, the weber, the Uintahs
- This is my favorite all purpose rod. It is really nice to have the extra foot of extension to get your line over the fast current into the perfect seam or just to keep line off the water and keep that fish catching drift going on and on.
With this rod, I can fish soft hackles in the morning, high stick nymph or czech nymph at noon, and delicately cast dries when trout have their noses up during the afternoon hatch.
It is a little longer than the other rods when closed so it pokes out of a pack a bit more than the other rods.
At 13' it casts crisply. At 14'+ it is a little slower but by adjusting your casting stroke it will deliver your flies where you want them.
It is fun to fight fish with the Ito.
This is the rod I would recommend to friends or anyone looking for a first rod since it is so versatile.
- posted April 30, 2012
- Jason Klass says 5 out of 5 flies
- Two rods in one!
- Location/type of places I fish: Streams in Colorado
- The Ito has quickly become my favorite rod for two reasons. First, the softer action is a pleasure to cast. The rod loads very easily and does most of the work for you. This means you can cast effortlessly all day and not tire out your arm. The other reason I love the Ito is the zoom feature. The 13 ft. mode is a great all around length for most situations but when you need it, you can instantly zoom the rod out to 14' 7" for extra reach. I find myself zooming the rod out more than I thought I would and this makes the Ito extremely versatile. In zoomed out mode, it also makes a great lake rod. If you could only buy one tenkara rod, the Ito is a good choice since it essentially gives you two rods for the price of one.
- posted May 01, 2012
- Steveo20002 says 5 out of 5 flies
- awesome rod! My1st tenkara rod. Still learning, but easy to cast even the 1st time out
- Location/type of places I fish: Shenandoah Valley Area, Virginia and Western Maryland Streams
- Tested out my Ito fly rod this past week. So easy to get great drag free drifts for dry flies and also nymphs! The extra length was great for the larger wider pools I fished
I live on the east coast so most trout water is stocked with a few streams holding carryover fish. Rod did great with smaller browns 8 to 10 inches and the larger 12-13 inch stocked rainbows. I can't wait to try it out this summer on the North Fork of the Shenadoah River with small poppers and crystal buggers for smallmouth.
- posted May 03, 2012
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