The ONI Honryu 395 is a very versatile rod. It is designed to be able to handle large fish but also have finesse and good feel for small fish too. Like all rods that Tenkara-no-Oni designs and puts his name on it is extremely high quality.
Like the Honryu 450, the Honryu 395 is a great rod to use with weighted and bead-head nymphs.
“This is perhaps one of the most well rounded rods on the market. Precise casting, delicate fly presentations, can be used with any type of tenkara line, furled, level, tapered monofilament. It has a lot of power in reserve for landing big fish.”
-John Vetterli of Tenkara Guides, LLC
Oni Rods do not have a warranty against breakage during use. It is Tenkara-no-Oni’s policy that you simply purchase any parts the you happen to break – see full description below for details.
Please read the pages on Tenkara Rod Use and Care and Tenkara Rod Rigging to help prevent accidental breakage and to learn how rig your rod.
If I was limited to owning only one tenkara rod, the Nissin Zerosum Oni Honryu 395 is what I would choose. It is light weight, superbly balanced, very easy to cast, it’s fun with small 4″ trout and large trout 20″-24″. It has plenty of power for warm water species like bass.
-John Vetterli, Tenkara Guides
The Nissin ONI Honryu 395 is versatile tenkara rod designed by Mr. Masami Sakakibara, aka “Tenkara-no-Oni” with over a 35-year Tenkara career. The ONI Honryu 395 is specially designed for larger rivers (Honryu) and larger fish.
But it is not overkill for smaller fish either rather the ONI Honryu 395 is a rod that bridges the gap between a true large and long big fish honryu tenkara rod and more subtle rods like the ONI Type-I. If you fish both bigger and smaller waters on which you can handle a 13′ rod the ONI Honryu 395 can be a go to all-around.
Read more about Tenkara-no-Oni and his tenkara at his blog Masami Sakakibara’s World of Tenkara.
All parts are made in Japan
Though the ONI Honryu 395 is designed for bigger rivers and bigger fish still care must be taken if larger fish are hooked. Keep the rod angle low and do not flex the rod into a tight bend if a larger 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.
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.