The Oni Rod Type-III is the little brother in the Oni Rod Collection. Mr. Sakakibara, aka “Tenkara-no-Oni” with over a 35-year Tenkara career, specially designed the Type-III as a shorter rod option suitable for those smaller headwater streams. Read more about Tenkara-no-Oni and his tenkara at his blog Masami Sakakibara’s World of Tenkara.
The Type-III Oni Rod is the rod for small to medium size streams and those streams that may have canopy of trees and other brush making a longer 13′ rod difficult to use. The Type-III Oni rod is the same blank design as the Type-II rod but it is 2-ft shorter (11′ rather than 13′). It features the same added durability of the Type-II Oni Rod, making it more suitable to beginners who haven’t cast with a tenkara rod. Nevertheless, the outstanding balance, lightness in hand, accuracy and superb casting feel of the Type-I remain.
Like the Type-II the action is slightly softer than the Type-I with a 5:5 rather than a 6:4 flex profile. Like the Type-I and Type-II it can cast fluorocarbon level line, tapered line and nylon level line.
Despite its shorter length, it is also possible to fish larger rivers if you use a long line. This is where Mr. Sakakibara’s tenkara design shines. Grip design is the same as both Type-I and II, but its camouflage color expresses playfullness. The rod was designed with the idea in mind that headwater fishers probably enjoy fishing with a short rod.
The Type-III is not a big fish rod it is designed for trout up to 12 inches or so. It is not designed for bass or any other big size fish.
Does that mean that you can’t land larger trout? No it doesn’t – but it does mean that care must be taken if larger fish are hooked. Do not flex the rod into a tight bend if a large fish is hooked. Stressing the rod beyond it’s limit is a sure way to break it. So please keep in mind the the intended use of the rod. Here is a link to a video of Masami Sakakibara landing bigger fish in large water with the ONI Type-I that will give you the idea of how to do it https://youtu.be/dvURM1Aoy-w
Oni Rods do not have a warranty against breakage during use. They are delicate and expensive and should be treated with care. Tenkara rods can break during hooking, playing and landing fish if excessive strain is put on the rod. They can break if pulled on to release snags in trees or rocks. Tenkara-no-Oni’s policy is that if you break a part you simply buy a replacement. I currently have a limited stock of spare parts for the first two sections of the rod which are most likely to be broken. Lead time on other sections is approximately 1 week from Japan. Replacement parts vary in price depending on the segment. The tip is $20 and the next segment down is $26. Contact me to order spare parts in the case that you break a segment email@example.com.
All rods are inspected prior to delivery but please inspect your Oni Rod on arrival for any apparent defects or damage incurred during shipping. Rods that arrive with apparent defects or shipping damage can be returned unused for a refund within 2 weeks – contact me if you intend to return an unused rod for refund.