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5.5 rod

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5.5 rod

Postby basshunter » Sun Dec 01, 2013 12:59 pm

I thought Tenkara USA used to make a 5.5 action rod. I there a reason it is no longer made?
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Re: 5.5 rod

Postby John @ Tenkara USA » Sun Dec 01, 2013 1:29 pm

Hi Basshunter,

We used to have two models that were rated a 5:5, the 12' Ebisu and the 13' Ayu. Both were basically discontinued in and effort to keep our line up simple and stick with what the majority of people were looking for, which seemed to be a "medium" or 6:4 action. It seems most like a little crisper feel. In general, we're trying to describe the actions of our rods in different terms than the 5:5, 6:4 type ratings. You could say the the Ito is a 5:5 rod at 14'7" if you wanted to.
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Re: 5.5 rod

Postby basshunter » Sun Dec 01, 2013 2:36 pm

Ok thank you . Was the 5.5 more for smaller fish?
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Re: 5.5 rod

Postby John @ Tenkara USA » Sun Dec 01, 2013 2:38 pm

I caught some nice trout on my Ayu, up to about 17" but the rods with more backbone hanlde larger fish with more ease, IMO.
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Re: 5.5 rod

Postby jd_smith » Sun Dec 01, 2013 2:42 pm

Nope, the Ebisu was a very capable rod! This fish was just under 24" landed on 6x. It's tail was practically in my armpit and its head was hanging over my palm.
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Re: 5.5 rod

Postby basshunter » Sun Dec 01, 2013 4:35 pm

That's an awesome fish. Maybe I may find a used one.
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Re: 5.5 rod

Postby John @ Tenkara USA » Sun Dec 01, 2013 5:10 pm

Nice fish, JD! I didn't mean to imply that the Ebisu and Ayu's weren't capable, just that most of our customers found it easier to land fish with the 6:4 rods. Great job!
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Re: 5.5 rod

Postby jd_smith » Sun Dec 01, 2013 5:41 pm

John, I do agree with you and most people for that matter, that stiffer rods are better for handling and fighting hard fighting fish. I do have some soft rods that are powerful rods too, though.

My reply may look slightly contradictory because I was replying to Basshunters question of "Was the 5.5 more for smaller fish?" and your reply posted when I was typing, so it kind of appeared as if I was contradicting you or second guessing your opinion. That was not at all my intention. My reply ended up out of context. Sorry for any confusion on my part.
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Re: 5.5 rod

Postby tsegelke » Mon Dec 02, 2013 6:52 am

My experience is that the softer rods are easier to land the big guys. The added flex of the rod protects the line more, and you feel more of the fight.
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Re: 5.5 rod

Postby Stephen McGowen » Mon Dec 02, 2013 8:32 am

I too have landed some surprising fish on soft tenkara rods. It is a mistake to compare the behavior of tenkara/kieryu/seiryu rods to the behavior of western fly rods. I do realize that neophytes do need a reference point but the dynamics of rod and line are (almost) completely different.
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