Although the DRAGONtail Shadowfire 365 Tenkara Rod is comparatively priced to entry level rods it is a high performance rod that will out perform other Tenkara rods priced within 50 dollars. It is a 12 foot (365cm) 6:4 soft action rod. This rod has a light balanced feel and a soft action for an amazing Tenkara experience, it is a great rod for most purposes. It is a great choice for small streams to rivers where the fish are mostly under 18 inches and as small as 4 inches. The Shadowfire rod can handle larger fish than 18 inches, depending on your Tenkara fish fighting skills, but it is made for small to medium sized fish.
Shadowfire 365 Rod Specs:
- Rod length: 365 cm (about 12 feet) with 8 segments
- Soft 6:4 action
- Rod weight: about 2.9 oz
- CCS/RFI: 20 pennies/ 5.4
- High Quality IM12 Carbon Fiber (NOT CHEAP IM8 or less)
- Collapsed rod length: 23.25 inches
- Handle length: 10.125 inches
- Universal & Regular Tip Cap included
- Matte Black finish (except logo section is gloss finish)
- Carbon Fiber Storage Tube: 24.75 inches long
- USA Based Company & Customer Support
Optional Starter Kit Option:
Everything You Need to Start Fishing in Minutes
The Shadowfire Starter Kit option includes a ultra-premium USA-made furled Moonlit Tenkara Line/Leader, spool of tippet, an EVA foam line holder, 3 soft hackle tenkara flies (suitable for all water and all fish), storage tube, and stylish rod sock.
Carbon Fiber Rod Case & Premium Rod Sock INCLUDED
Smooth Casting & Premium Rod Flex
The soft smooth casting action of this Tenkara rod with very very low oscillation will help you cast more naturally and accurately. If you are using level line, you will want size #3 or #3.5 for best performance but it will cast smaller sizes if desired. It will also cast any furled lines or tapered lines with ease.
The improved flex of this rod balances out the pressure nicely throughout the rod sections to eliminate hinging or points of pressure when fighting fish. This is something you would expect out of an expensive rod but you get it for much less.
Premium Knitted Rod Sock & Carbon Fiber Rod Tube
Premium Knitted Rod Sock The rod sock is a soft knitted material that looks great and is thick enough to provide padded protection, for those times when you who prefer to leave the hard case behind. It is super easy and fast to remove and put away your rod without messing with silly strings or velcro flaps.
Carbon Fiber Rod Tube Case You also get a high quality carbon fiber case that will protect your rod no matter what you pack it with or put on top of it.
Comfortable Handle Shape
We designed our handle to fit the hand more comfortably to reduce hand fatigue and to give you more casting control. The classic camel double hump shape gives you many options to grip it in many different positions to accommodate your preference.
Both Tip Cap Styles Included, You Choose Which You Prefer
Quality Backed By DRAGONtail Tenkara, a USA Based Company
USA Based Customer Support, not China.
Immediate manufacture Defects (or missing items): We will replace the defective (or missing) parts free of charge.
One-Time Rod Replacement: All DRAGONtail Tenkara rods have a ONE-TIME rod replacement if you accidentally destroy your Tenkara rod for a discounted replacement fee. This one-time rod replacement is for the rod only, does not include the rod tube or other extras. You must have your purchase receipt for this replacement option.
Replacement (or spare) Parts: Individual rod parts are available to repair your rod or to have spare parts.
Tenkara Fishing: Tradition, Simplicity & Elegance
Tenkara hails from mountainous regions of Japan, where the remote location of many villages required fishermen to develop a reliable method of catching fish using only the materials that were readily available in their immediate environment. Long, flexible bamboo rods, silk or horsehair line, and flies made with feathers or animal fur fastened to bent needles provided a makeshift solution as effective as it was simple.
Tenkara fishing has found its way into the hearts of anglers around the world who appreciate the minimalism of this traditional method of fishing. While tenkara shares many of the characteristics of fly fishing, as well as some of the techniques, the absence of a reel puts anglers more closely in touch with the stream and fish, requiring them to pull in the line hand over hand and manually drag when a fish runs. Because there is so little complexity to the equipment, Tenkara fly fishing allows one to focus more keenly on casting and presentation.
About DRAGONtail Tenkara
DRAGONtail Tenkara celebrates the art and accessibility of tenkara fishing by providing high quality rods and accessories to fit any budget. DRAGONtail went through several prototypes before settling on the materials and construction used to make their tenkara rods in order to ensure they would be lightweight, durable, and satisfying to use. From kebari flies and furled line to slings, rod cases, and fly-tying materials, every item offered by DRAGONtail Tenkara has been carefully selected and field tested. With a focus on outstanding service, angler education, and growing the sport of American Tenkara, DRAGONtail is a committed supporter of the Tenkara community.
Fish Wherever You Are
You shouldn’t have to choose between backpacking for the weekend or a fishing trip. The telescopic Shadowfire rod with starter kit is so light and compact you might forget you slipped it in your bag by the time you get to your first stop. In fact, the minimalist philosophy of Tenkara fishing makes it ideal for all kinds of travel. Portable and packable, the Shadowfire Starter Kit begs the question: Where won’t you go?
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HIGH QUALITY ROD – The Shadowfire 12-ft Tenkara Rod is comparable to other mid-tier rods that are priced much higher. IM 10 graphite is strong yet lightweight and can handle medium sized fish.
COMPLETE STARTER PACKAGE – Includes everything you need to start tenkara fly fishing: 3 soft hackle flies, ultra-premium American made furled Moonlit line, tippet, an EVA foam line holder, storage tube, and stylish rod sock.
SET UP IN UNDER 3 MINUTES – Tenkara fly fishing is all about simplicity. With no reel, you can rig up quickly and hit the water. No need for tons of expensive fly fishing gear.
CLASSIC TENKARA ROD – The Shadowfire is 12 ft long and 2.9 oz light. With 6:4 action and 8 segments, this fly fishing rod gives lots of play, but is strong enough to give an experienced angler a fighting chance against larger trout.
BACKPACKER FISHING FRIENDLY – The Shadowfire Tenkara Rod collapses to 23.25 in, which makes it easy to fit into your backpack for fishing the backcountry, or as a general purpose travel fishing rod.