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  • ITO™<br> 13ft - 14ft7in (390-450cm)<br> Includes CASE
  • ITO™<br> 13ft - 14ft7in (390-450cm)<br> Includes CASE
  • ITO™<br> 13ft - 14ft7in (390-450cm)<br> Includes CASE
  • ITO™<br> 13ft - 14ft7in (390-450cm)<br> Includes CASE
13ft - 14ft7in (390-450cm)
Includes CASE
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.


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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.

Listen to a podcast episode on what makes the Ito the favorite rod of many experienced tenkara anglers:

Special Features: 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.

*rod lengths may vary slightly from indicated due to the telescopic nature of the rods
Length: 13ft - 14ft7in
Finish: Matte Black with dark blue sections
Segments: 9 (can be fished as 8)
Closed length: 25.8inches (65.53cm)
Handle length: 12inches (30.48cm)
Weight: 4.1oz (116g) - Made in China

 1% of the sale value of this item will be donated to conservation efforts.
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  • 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
  • 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
  • tvdavis says     5 out of 5 flies
  • The "can-do" tenkara rod
  • Location/type of places I fish: Rocky Mountain west
  • If one was looking for a tenkara rod that would answer in almost any fishing condition, then the Tenkara USA Ito would be that rod. Built with the tenkara fisherman in mind, this rod works well on small streams, larger rivers, ponds and lakes. From trout and grayling to bass and panfish, this is the "can-do" rod.

    The Ito has the built in ability to go from a 13' 6:4 moderately-fast casting rod to a 14'7" 5:5 slow casting rod in seconds. This is accomplished by its unique "zoom" feature. By grasping the lowest section of the rod and extending it outwards the rod transforms itself, in seconds, from one rod into another. Whether you use this feature for extra reach in placing your fly into that difficult pocket, or as an aid in bring for catch to hand, this feature makes the Ito the "must have" Tenkara USA rod.

    Fit and finish of the Ito are Tenkara USA perfect. This rod's cantilever balance makes casting an effortless "flick of the wrist" when in the 13' mode, but a slower more deliberate stroke is required when fully extended.

    If you are looking for a highly versatile, high quality tenkara rod then consider the Tenkara USA Ito. I love using this rod; I believe you will too. Highly Recommended!!!
  • posted May 03, 2012
  • dfree98 says     5 out of 5 flies
  • Amazing fly rod
  • Location/type of places I fish: Small eastern mountain streams with wild brookies.
  • WOW! This rod is like nothuiing ov ever fished before. The action is so soft and sensitive i can make more chalengine casts then before. I have been catching more fish ever since i purcghesede this rod and use nit on small streams ever where. I had one complaint it would be the the rod is VERY delicite and i have a contint fear of breakinjg it. Overall a great rod for changing things up and catching more fish!
  • posted May 03, 2012
  • jd_smith says     4 out of 5 flies
  • innovative, well balanced and a pure joy to fish
  • Location/type of places I fish: Northern and Central California, Southern Oregon, Sierra Nevada, or where ever I end up next to water.
  • The Ito is a true joy to fish. It's actually two rods in one. At 13' it's a crisp, precise and well balanced rod, able to fit into most fishing situations and cover that I encounter in Northern CA and the Sierra Nevada. At 14' 7" the rod loads deeper into the blank and is able cast and fish a longer line more effectively, thus opening up new, more distant locations on a piece of water. It will reach any spot that I can reasonably fish with a tenkara rod. The telescoping zoom feature that enables you to switch rod lengths is second to none in the industry. The rod locks proper and is secure. I am giving it 4 flies simply because my preference is a slightly faster rod, and tend to be that guy that thinks there's always room for a little tweaking.
  • posted May 05, 2012

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