The tip section of a Tenkara rod is extremely thin, and glued into its tip is a small piece of string to which the leader is connected, using a simple knot. The delicate top sections of the rod help protect the tippet.
The 'stiffness' or 'action' of each rod is designated according to the table below.
|6:4 Mid, 7:3 Progressive, 8:2 Tip - What do these numbers indicate?
These numbers designate the rod action, which is determined at the point on the rod where the stiffer butt gives way to a softer section. For example, on a 6:4 rod the first 60% is stiffer than the last 40%, thus most of the bending action will occur 60% from the butt, or say 6 foot from the butt on a 10 foot rod.
Rod handles are typically made or cork or a light wood like paulownia. In general cork handles are shaped and wooden handles straight.
Each rod has a 'cork' that fits in the top and prevents the pieces coming out and possibly getting damaged in transit. The back of the handle has a screw in cap, so that the pieces can be removed for cleaning or maintenance.
The rod's tip piece has a piece of yarn glued into it, that sticks out of the tip. It is to this piece that your 'line' is connected to the rod with a loop.
|Caring for your rod
Your rod has very delicate tip pieces and this has to be borne in mind when extending or collapsing your rod.
Extending your rod
Collapsing your rod
Cleaning your rod
A wipe with a damp cloth should be sufficient to clean your rod most of the time. Let it dry properly before packing away.
For a thorough clean your rod will have to be dismantled.
With the stopper in front in place carefully remove the butt cap by screwing it out. Tilt the rod carefully and remove each piece one by one, starting with the smallest. Lay them out in the order, smallest to biggest and ensure they are oriented the same way, ie front side up. Getting them upside down when you put them back may cause damage.
Clean with a mild detergent and wipe dry.
Replace pieces in reverse order and ensure that the butt cap is secure. You do not want your pieces falling out at the stream.