The Iwana has become our classic all-around rod at a great value. It feels very light-weight and precise. The progressive taper, ultra-light weight, and tip action provides for great battles, even when hooking the smaller fish. Quality and strength are by no means compromised, and landing large fish is not unheard of (8lbs mentioned on a forum thread!
). If you are going to streams where 12 inch trout are trophies this is the rod.
These rods have a beautiful "glossy carbon" finish, where you can see the high-quality carbon fiber material through a nice glossy finish.
12ft (360cm) rod specs
NOTE: Due to the telescopic nature of the rods, and the fact that we rounded the numbers to have a clean metric-to-English conversion, rod lengths may vary slightly from indicated.
20 1/2 inches (52cm) including 1/2" cap
11 inches (23cm)
Made in China with Japanese materials
1% of the sale value of this item will be donated to conservation efforts.
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- pratter10 says 4 out of 5 flies
- Good Intro to Fly Fishing
- Location/type of places I fish: Pacific Northwest Rivers and Creeks
- All in all it was a good introduction to fly-fishing. It was my first rod and it was a good way to learn about flies and line presentation. I do a lot of backpacking in the summer and it fits perfectly into my ultra-lite kit or day pack. I will also say I am not a tenkara purest, I really do love fly-fishing with a traditional western rod, shooting line is one of my favorite things about fly fishing, but the Iwana can't be beat for small streams. The first creek I fish and still do, because it is close to my campus is a city park that has a lot of large boulders to hop around on but is very much in the dense PNW forests, the Iwana is easy to manage the line and even with small rainbows you can really feel the sensitivity and the fight from the fish and I think that, along with the rods simplicity makes me reach for the Iwana on a hot summer day.
- posted April 26, 2012
- aver25 says 4 out of 5 flies
- Great Backpacking Opportunities
- Location/type of places I fish: Va/W.Va small Trout streams, & across the Intermountain West
- I purchased this rod primarily for its portability, intending on taking it on hikes and backpack trips. For this purpose it excels, being able to just carry the collapsed 'wand' while hiking or scrambling through the brush is great. I also use it occasionally on planned trips to smaller streams, rather than my other rod. I find landing small brook and rainbow trout easy with the rod, despite its 12' length (12 feet is LONG the first time you expand the full thing). I haven't tried for anything larger on this rod, like the bass that lurk in the slower waters around town, and I probably won't with this rod.
- posted April 26, 2012
- zwinters says 4 out of 5 flies
- Design Flaw
- Location/type of places I fish: Bozeman/Trout
- Let me start by saying this is an amazing rod. I have only been fishing Tenkara for a few short months, and started with a different companies rod, but once I got this rod the superior quality was immediately evident... However, the first and only thing I notice about my rod is the design flaw in the butt cap. There is gap between the cap and the cork handle about 1/16th of an inch wide. The butt cap is also offset, so you can't feel it on one side but it sticks out on the opposite side and catches on everything. I realize that there can always be errors in the manufacturing process, but it is definitely a disappointment to have such a beautifully thought out and designed rod, with such a glaring flaw. I will most likely be purchasing a replacement handle section, in the hope that the new one will have a flush butt cap. Which is also kind of let down that now my perfect Iwana will be an extra $17 or so...
RESPONSE FROM TENKARA USA: Thanks for understanding that manufacturing errors can occur, and I'm so sorry it has ocurred in a rod that arrived at your hand. We will be happy to replace the handle without any cost to you. Please contact us via email or phone: email@example.com or 888.483.6527
- posted July 10, 2015
- statikpunk says 4 out of 5 flies
- Great rod for a beginner
- Location/type of places I fish: Small Freestone streams, and mountain lakes
- This was my first tenkara rod and it was great for learning on. but now that I have used some different rods, specifically softer ones, I would not go with such a stiff rod again unless I was fishing a very long line or targeting large fish.
I think this is the best rod for people coming from western gear to get used to, but I think most will migrate towards a softer rod eventually.
- posted April 28, 2012
- stevenlsmith87 says 4 out of 5 flies
- I am torn
- Location/type of places I fish: Pennsylvania Wild and Native Trout!
- I received this rod just a few days ago and am torn on what I think about this rod. The winding check is a tad crooked, there seems to be some scuffs when I extend the rod on some of the sections (could just be normal with a telescoping rod), and the cork seemed dirty on the near the end by the endcap. However this does not mess with the fishabilty of this rod. It is all cosmetic and can be over looked. T-USA has mentioned about an exchange, but its going to get banged up anyway. It is a good rod for the money, and I may have just got one that slipped through. Still 4 out of 5 though.
- posted May 04, 2012
- CuriousLayman says 4 out of 5 flies
- Great all-around rod
- Location/type of places I fish: GSMNP
- This rod may be the rod to have if you are going to only have one. It is a really nice rod that does everything pretty well. However, if you are going to own several, it wouldn't be the first I'd get for western north carolina (unless you are going to get the 11' handle, then it may be my first.) The 11' is better for tighter spots and it is more fun with smaller fish. The Ito is perfect where you have more room. The 12' Iwana is a bit better at throwing slightly heavier flies. But generally if I have room for the the 12', the 13' isn't much of a problem. I own both Iwanas and the Ito and I love them all. You won't go wrong. But having all 3 I'd have to say that if I was forced to give one up it would be the 12'.
- posted May 09, 2012
- TenkaraMTUSA says 4 out of 5 flies
- Good all around rod.
- Location/type of places I fish: Montana---Brown trout and Rainbows.
- I would consider this to be a diverse rod. It is my first tenkara rod and I have used it to catch small trout and sunfish to large (21" plus) brown trout on Montana's Bighorn river. However, for my next rod I think that I would like the action from a 5:5 rod instead of a 6:4 rod. My son has a 5:5 rod and even the smallest fish seems very large on that rod----that being said I would not want to use a 5:5 rod for larger trout that I know the Iwana can handle. You really almost need two or more rods depending on the water you're fishing. I am confident to test my rod on almost any river in Montana though for the smaller streams that usually hold smaller fish I find the Iwana a little too stiff. Glad I got the rod but in need of a second rod of like size but lighter action.
- posted May 10, 2012
- TroutAiza says 5 out of 5 flies
- Best of the best
- Location/type of places I fish: Carlon Falls, Yosemite
- Here's a lesson on trout.. they are elusive fish with iridescent colors and super good vision. Similar to toddlers, they turn their nose up to most food. They swim upstream cause the best parties are up there.. ok, I made that part up but who knows, it could be true! It is no wonder that I went into my first fly-fishing trip with a lack of confidence. Thankfully, I was armed with an Iwana rod. It's so lightweight yet so strong and flexible that I was able to get into tight spaces and drop my fly. I'm used to bigmouth bass fishing and the set up time to get up and running was surprisingly fast with the Tenkara rod. Even after all my skepticism, I managed to catch four trout. I'm hooked!
- posted July 06, 2012
- alansommerfeld says 5 out of 5 flies
- Perfect for Small Colorado Creeks
- Location/type of places I fish: Flat Tops Wilderness Area, NW Colorado
- Backpacked in to the Flat Tops Wilderness Area to fish Derby Creek in northwest Colorado. Phenomenal day with my new Iwana 12' rod but a quick mountain thunder storm added to the excitement of the 75+ Colorado Cuts and Bookies that topped out at the 12" size. This was the perfect tool for handling the streams that were teaming with fish. I caught 5 fish for every one my son caught with his western style fly rod. When I let him try my Iwana, he loved it. And I used my newly learned Tenkara technique with his rod and did better than expected. But now he must buy his own.
- posted July 23, 2012
- jtimblin says 5 out of 5 flies
- My first Tenkara Rod and still my favorite
- Location/type of places I fish: Colorado Rocky Mountains
- This was the first Tenkara rod I purchased and still probably my favorite. The 12 foot model is a perfect all around rod and the one I would recommend to anyone new to Tenkara fishing.
- posted February 20, 2013
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