Quote Originally Posted by thegreatclod View Post
...If you were to use a beefier rod (read: a rod with serious backbone, rating in the so-called 7:3 "stiff" range), you could play and land a fish of 20+"....
A TenkaraUSA Ito, which is a "5:5" rod has nearly as much backbone as an Amago. It will land big fish just fine. Tip-flex is just that. The Tenkara Guides LLC group is developing a better nomenclature to describe rod characteristics, including backbone, tip-flex, and more.

The Common Cents "penny weight" numbers are also very useful.

This thread offers some perspective -