Tenkara USA Sato Fly Rod
Triple Zoom Length: 10’8” / 11’10″ / 12’9″
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 – 10’8”/ 11’10”/12’9” (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.
Weight: 2.6 oz (73.7 g);
Closed length: 22 3/4″(57.78cm);
Open lengths: 10’8”/ 11’10”/12’9” (330/360/390cm)*;
Handle length:10 ½”(26.7cm);
* There may be slight discrepancies in their extended length of tenkara rods
Made in China with Japanese materials
Shop Staff Notes: This is our most popular tenkara rod because of it’s uber versatility being a triple zoom rod -allowing you to fish this rod at 3 different lengths to best suit the water you are fishing. If the trees close in around the stream, than just fish it at 10’8″. Walk a little further upstream and the trees give way to a meadow -than extend the rod out to 12’9″ and cover that part of the creek more effectively. TenkaraUSA is the only rod manufacturer that makes rods with this awesome feature. If your budget allows you to spend a little over $200, then you can’t go wrong getting the Sato. If you like to fish mostly small creeks, than you might enjoy TenkaraUSA’s other triple zoom rod, the Rhodo, which is between 8’10” to 10’6″.
To learn more about TenkaraUSA’s rods, lines, flies and more and how to fish with tenkara rods check out their YouTube Channel: TenkaraUSA on YouTube.
Here’s an episode that Big Sky Outdoors did in 2015 showing you all about fly fishing with Tenkara in Montana: Big Sky Outdoors -Tenkara Fishing.
Here’s another video of a review of the Sato by Backcountry Banter on YouTube: Gear Review: Tenkara USA Sato Fly Rod.
Line is NOT included with this rod and must be purchased separately. We recommend using the 11′ Traditional Tapered Tenkara Line or the 11′ Nylon Tapered Line if you fish smaller streams and the 13′ Traditional Tapered Line or the 14′ Nylon Tapered Line if you mostly fish medium or larger size streams.
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TenkaraUSA rods we carry: Iwana, Sato, Rhodo, Hane, Ito, Amago
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