I'm not at all sure it has been bad for TUSA. The inexpensive tenkara starter kit and a kid's tenkara kit both increase the number of people who take up tenkara, making the overall market bigger for everyone.
For that matter, offering shorter rods does too. Many people, particularly in the east, believe that tenkara rods are too long for the streams they fish. They buy a short rod, get hooked on tenkara fishing and before long see the applications for a longer rod on other streams. If the shortest available rod was 12', they never would have tried tenkara in the first place.
I have no problem with TUSA keeping their focus on how tenkara is done in Japan. They should have no problem with me keeping my focus on how tenkara is done in the US.
Last edited by CM_Stewart; 07-09-2013 at 01:40 PM.