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The Tenkara USA Sato rod is named after Mr. Ernest Satow, an avid mountaineer who was the first person to make a written record of tenkara. The Sato is a compact and lightweight tenkara rod. At its shorter length it is perfect for tighter streams, and at its full length it will be ideal when the stream opens up again or when you find a bigger pool to cast your fly.
With several years of design experience under our belt and feedback from our users, we feel we have achieved what we set out to do: give you a rod that is super light-weight, durable, versatile and feels very precise. Plus, we wanted to design a rod that would make it easy to answer "which tenkara rod should I get?"
The Sato has two patent pending features:
Triple-zoom: this allows you to use the rod at three different lengths - 108/ 1110/129 (330/360/390cm). The average length for a tenkara rod is 12ft long, we like to recommend rods that are closer to 13ft, yet many people are intimidated by such long lengths for rods intended for smaller streams. So, we felt a rod with the 3 most common lengths would be an easy choice: short to ease you into tenkara, long to give you a taste of the advantages presented by a long tenkara rod.
Keep your Plug system (patent pending): We're very excited about this very simple yet innovative feature. After hearing that no one has ever been able to keep their tenkara rod plug for longer than a year we decided we should find a solution for you to never lose your plug again. We designed the Keep your plug system. Next time you go fishing, remove the plug from the top end of your rod and insert it into the hole at the bottom of your rod. The Sato will come with two plugs on the rod; please leave one at home in case you ever need it.
SPECS: Weight: 2.6 oz (73.7 g); Closed length: 22 3/4"(57.78cm); Open lengths: 108/ 1110/129 (330/360/390cm)*; Handle length:10 ½(26.7cm); Segments: 9
* There may be slight discrepancies in their extended length of tenkara rods
1% of the sale value of this item will be donated to conservation efforts.
U.S. & foreign patents pending
A decent rod that didn't match the description or the current stats
Location/type of places I fish: Mountain streams of Utah
posted July 15, 2018
troutrageous1 says 4 out of 5 flies
A Nice Compliment to the Rhodo
Location/type of places I fish: FL by way of PA
The Sato is a very nice rod. For most, it may be the only rod they need considering the lengths covered by the Triple Zoom option. Extremely functional at what we'll call "Short" and "Medium" lengths, I think at it's longest, I still prefer fishing the Ito, (which is why I gave this rod 4 out of 5). Honestly though, faults are hard to come by. Living in Florida, I've used the Sato to handle big panfish and small to medium sized largemouth bass with ease. I wouldn't be surprised if the Sato surpasses the 12' Iwana as the most attractive "all around" rod for Tenkara USA in the not too distant future.