The Tenkara USA Iwana Fly Rod is the lightest fly rod they offer. Ideal for those seeking very very delicate casting and for fishing smaller streams, the Iwana feels extremely light weight and all sensations are enhanced when hooking a fish. 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. This is the exact same rod Tenkara has been selling from the start, but based on feedback the action of these rods have been revised to a 6:4, it's a very light rod, with a delicate and precise casting feel. These rods have a beautiful glossy carbon finish, where you can see the high quality carbon fiber material through a nice glossy finish. FAQ What kind of rod is right for me Tenkara USA currently has 6 rods in its lineup. Each rod was designed to be true to the tenkara tradition and feel great for small stream fly angling. While every angler may have a different preference and need, try not to overthink your choice, Tenkara USA designed each rod to feel great while fishing in small streams. Things to consider: Generally it's nice to use the longest rod you can for the stream you're fishing, as the longer rods have good advantages. If you know you'll consistently be catching bass or fish over 16, consider the rods with more backbone Yamame and Amago. The 13ft Ayu and 13 12ft Amago are great choices if you're fishing a wide open stream, or a wider stream. For those who prefer a softer rod, the Ayu is a good choice, with many people comparing its feel to bamboo fly rods or fiberglass. The Amago has more backbone to handle larger fish and cast a longer level line in larger streams. The Iwana rods are nice lightweight rods, primarily designed for very delicate presentation to smaller fish, these rods are, well, sweet, with a good pin point casting accuracy from its 6:4 ratio. They will handle large sized fish too, but their sweet spot is the usual 8 12 trout. The 11ft Iwana is recommended for those fishing tighter streams. The Ebisu rod is a mid weight all arounder, featuring a nice red pine wooden handle. Primarily designed to be a good middle of the road rod for those looking for something a bit different with a unique aesthetic to it. The Yamame is the stout rod, and along with the Amago it has more backbone to handle good sized fish. If you're consistently catching larger fish, please consider one fo these two rods. The Amago will give you more reach, good for larger streams and rivers. They will still feel great when catching a feisty 8 brook as they have a lot of tip action. What type of line should I use You should start with the Traditional Tenkara Line. The traditional line is made to cast very well with any of the Tenkara rods. It is quick to setup and provides a nice delicate presentation. The Traditional Tenkara Line is 10.5 ft. The Level Line is an indicator line that helps see strikes that might not be on the surface. A 8 12 section of level line is usually sufficient. After the 10.5 ft traditional line, 8 12 level line, you'll use approximately 4 ft of 5x or smaller tippet. The 'Girth Hitch' is the knot used to attach the line to the rod tip. Be sure a single overhand knot has been tied in the short section of line red lillian at the rod tip attached to the tip of the rod. I can't find the soft rod tip red lillian at the rod tip. Occasionally the very tip of the rod may have slide into the thicker segments and the red lilian may have gotten stuck inside. Simply open the bottom screw cap, remove the tip of the rod, and reinsert it.