The Tenryu Furaibo TF39 and TF39TA are tenkara rods made in Japan by a small company that is not yet well known in the US. They are not the world's least expensive tenkara rods. They may be the very best.
The Tenryu Furaibo TF39 is one of the smoothest casting rods there is. Most tenkara rods are 99% carbon. The Furaibo, though, is 83% carbon and 17% glass. For some time now, there has been a renaissance in fiberglass fly rods. They are just so smooth. Tenkara rods are long enough that a 100% glass rod would be much too heavy. The Tenryu designers and engineers added just enough glass to the mix to produce a wonderfully smooth rod without adding too much weight.
With the TF39, casting a size 3.5 line is just effortless. The line is heavy enough to perfectly load the rod (and you can feel it), yet light enough that you can still keep line off the surface. Stop the forward cast with the rod tip high and execute a fly-first cast every time.
|Extended Length||12' 10"|