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    Default What Does It All Mean?

    OK, I bought a Tenkara rod, and I think I got lucky in selection, because it works like a charm for nymph/streamer/dry fishing. But what do the numbers mean? Can somebody tell me how it stacks up in the Tenkara community, action and application wise?

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    Dec 2006


    The 12' 360cm indicates the length of the rod (approximately). The 7:3 is a rough notation for the rod's action. It means 70% of the rod is relatively stiff and 30% relatively soft (basically, it is between a mid action and a tip action rod). Unfortunately, the 7:3 notation is not standardized across manufacturers, though, so a different company's 7:3 could be much, much different than that one. I am not familiar with that rod so I cannot say how it stacks up. If you want to continue fishing the cut down fly line, the 7:3 action is probably the right one - but by know you already know it works. The rod might not work as well with a much lighter line (which would be easier to keep off the water's surface to minimize drag). That is something you would have to experiment with on your own.
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    Thanks much. Was Having trouble making sense of the action, since most folks would use other rods as references and I had no experiences with any other Tenkara rods. I am pleased that I obviously got lucky on the choice. Blind luck. But the rig fishes quite well for how we would like to use it. The 7:3 flips that line very accurately.

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