Tanuki Ninja will be on Kickstarter Jan. 18, 2019.
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It is always exciting to see the fish take a dry fly on the surface but it is also exciting to catch a big one in deeper water. Tanuki Ninja rod is designed for both.
What makes Tanuki Ninja a unique rod for dry fishing as well as nymphing?
It is the rod action and the sensitivity. A fast action rod extracts more moisture from flies during the cast and gives a tight loop on forward cast for better accuracy. The first three sections of the rod are designed to make the cast easier with bigger and heavier flies. We love to see fish come up for grasshoppers, stone flies in summer and small midges in winter.
The sensitivity helps detect a subtle take from a big fish. The feeling of a fish take is an additional cue to visual indicators. Tyson, a tenkara fisher in Bishop, CA, has caught over 50 fish on his very first day with Tanuki 325, another Tanuki rod. According to Tyson, the sensitivity of Tanuki 325 has helped him tremendously to catch twice as many fish as other tenkara brand rods.
Ninja development process:
As you can tell from the fact that I am a member of many casting clubs in California, casting is one of the most important parts of the rod development for me. Fishing with a fine line helps fishers to keep the line off water easier with a furled line. Developing a rod that enables casting effortless with a very fine line is a bit of a challenge. To learn and analyze casting was my very first step of development. I have spent quite sometime at the casting ponds in the Bay Area for testing the prototypes and developing my casting techniques. I also have been closely working with Riverworks, a custom tournament rod builder, and rod manufacturer’s engineers to improve the sensitivity from the grip up to the rod tip.
The Making of Tanuki rods:
Tanuki rods are built with labor intensive processes. Most of the processes are done by hand, from cutting carbon fiber fabric to painting. We use air brush and hand painting a lot as you can see in the video on Kickstarter. It is one of the reasons the rod is so light, strong and flexible. We also use the latest material like Japanese Toray high carbon modulus.
Action: fast (compared with other Tanuki rods)
Length: ~ 11’-8”
Weight: 63 grams / 2.2 oz - possibly the world’s lightest