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.
In designing the Sato, Tenkara USA gives you a rod that is super light-weight, durable, versatile and feels very precise. Plus, they 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, Tnekara USA likes to recommend rods that are closer to 13ft, yet many people are intimidated by such long lengths for rods intended for smaller streams. So, they 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): They’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 Tenkara USA decided they should find a solution for you to never lose your plug again. They 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; just leave one at home in case you ever need it.
Weight: 2.9 oz (82.2g);
Closed length: 22 3/4″(57.78cm);
Open lengths: 10’8”/ 11’10”/12’9” (330/360/390cm)*;
Handle length:10 ½”(26.7cm);