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The Ito is the longest rod in our lineup. It is arguably the most advanced and sweetest tenkara rod in the market, here or in Japan. It's a product of 2 years of design and experiments, where we strived to achieve a very long rod, with the lightest possible feel. A true delight to fish any mountain stream, even some pretty small ones. The Ito feels incredibly light at 13ft, as the balance is brought closer to the handle, and still very light at 14ft7in.
Special Features: The Ito features an innovative "zoom" function, which allows the angler to lock one segment in place to fish the rod either at 13ft (390cm) length or, fully extended, at 14ft7in (450cm). The zoom locks both at the butt of the rod with a proprietary cap, and at the end of the handle segment. Having a rod that can be instantly extended an extra 2ft is a true asset in any mountain stream, even some of the smaller streams. A killer combination with a very long line in a large stream, or with a shorter line in a small stream. This is by far the most versatile rod we offer.
Action & Fish Size: The Ito is classified as a 6:4 (where it bends when given a shake) but is a softer rod (comparable to the Ayu 5:5) and was designed for your average 8" - 16" mountain stream trout. It has tackled a 19" trout without a problem during our testing, but is not recommended for targeting large fish (the Amago rod was designed for that purpose).