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Iwana vs Yamame

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Iwana vs Yamame

Postby jan664 » Fri Jul 11, 2014 2:58 am

Hello everyone,

I'm planning to buy a Tenkara rod, but I'm still undecided on which one to go for.

I have narrowed it down to either Iwana or Yamame. I fish in Belgium, in Flanders, where we have less trout-specific rivers. The species I am likely targeting are small pike, perch, chub aaaaand... carp.

And thats where I'm unsure. I'm afraid the Iwana might be too light for the carp that swim in our waters.

Is the Yamame also fine for going after the small, more delicate stuff, aswell as the big fish ? Any of you have experience with landing carp on an Iwana ?

Any help would be appreciated.

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Re: Iwana vs Yamame

Postby adventureR » Fri Jul 11, 2014 6:50 am

Yamame is great for smaller fish! With the firmer feel of the Yamame the transmission of strikes and a hooked fish seems to me easier to feel. An easier loading of the rod and casting stroke with lighter weight makes the Iwana an all around more balanced rod, more pleasant in hand fishing tool. Yamame I feel is more accurate to cast also up to the task of fighting a powerful fish. Both rods have landed large fish however. I feel after a few years of fishing w/ T-rods two rods would be better than one! I'm biased towards the Yamame because it was my first rod but I don't think you can go wrong w/ either of these rods. But in the end Yamame would be my suggestion, it's a fun rod. Maybe later on add a second rod!
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Re: Iwana vs Yamame

Postby TJ @ Tenkara USA » Fri Jul 11, 2014 10:02 am

For sure the Yamame is the best choice. The Iwana is great but when you used the word Pike, you need a rod with the most backbone and Yamame is it.

Of course keep in mind even the Yamame is designed for trout in mind up to 20" so anything above and beyond that is not the original scope of these rods but often folks prove how strong these rods are by catching large fish.

But look at the Yamame.

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