Today we have our first guest reviewer with a look at the Tenkara Rod Co. Sawtooth Rod. Having fished with Chris in the past I value his opinion and know he will tell it the way it is. Thanks Chris McIntire for taking the Sawtooth with you on your last trip to Colorado and we appreciate your review!
The Sawtooth Package retails on the website for $179.00 and comes with the Sawtooth 12’ rod, rod sock and tube, line, spool, 3 hand tied flies and some 5x tippet. Everything you need to get fishing.
Chris McIntire – Tenkara Rod Co – Sawtooth Rod Review
I’ve been excited to try Tenkara fishing for some time. If you’re like me, it’s hard to pick a rod over my favorites. I hate missing a fish because I’m not familiar with the gear! But this Sawtooth rod from Tenkara Rod Co. was simple to set up and get into action.
First thing: Incredible portability – easier to transport than ANY other rod I’ve owned or used. I backpacked this in it’s tube and the small satchel that holds the line and bugs.
Second: Easy set up. From opening the tube to first cast was only minutes. Rod expands quickly, tied leader into rod tip with simply loop, Tippet (included) tied with clinch knot on tippet ring and then the bug tied on too….casting in minutes.
Elegance is simple effectiveness and the Sawtooth accomplishes that in minutes.
I landed this beautiful trout on my second cast so what else is there to say? It simply works!
As I was casting I had a few thoughts. I would want at least two of these rods at different lengths for different types of water. With this sort of pricing, that’s easy to afford. The 12 foot length gives a great reach and I would want to have a shorter one to complement this one and pop them out as needed. (the set up is so fast, it would take NO time…)
I used the included tippet and found it to be a bit brittle when I tied the bug on and test tugged the line – no problem, I just grabbed my own spool and was catching fish in minutes.
I also caught this fish on the included dry fly to be able to give an “honest” review – so you can know if you get this Sawtooth Rod from Tenkara Rod Co. – you have everything you need to catch trout.
Obviously the entire world of flies is open to use but this kit is ready to roll and certified dangerous on the water as is! Thank you Bryan Pearson for introducing me to Tenkara and thank you Tenkara Rod Co. for the use of the rod! I highly recommend! ~Chris McIntire