This is a new high bar for the big water/big fish true tenkara rod. There is nothing available in the current USA market that even competes. No gimmicks, just pure unadulterated performance.
-John Vetterli, Tenkara Guides
The Nissin ONI Honryu 450 is a 4.5 meter tenkara rod designed by Mr. Masami Sakakibara, aka “Tenkara-no-Oni” with over a 35-year Tenkara career. The ONI Honryu 450 is specially designed for larger rivers (Honryu) and larger fish. Read more about Tenkara-no-Oni and his tenkara at his blog Masami Sakakibara’s World of Tenkara.
If your are looking for an ONI rod more suited for big rivers and bigger trout then this is the rod. The ONI Honryu 450 is amazingly light and balanced for its length and yet this latest rod will enable you to seek big fish in big rivers.
“I am not exaggerating when I say that I have spent all my life in search of new streams for good Tenkara fishing spots. I remember when I was fishing the famous NAGANO river trying to catch AMAGO fish.
When all their strength these fish were standing in the middle of the strong current of the wide river, right on the opposite bank,searching for food.After this experience,I have always been looking for the perfect fishing rod,light enough and with the right action in order to cast effortlessy and accurately on same spot over and over again.
The “ZEROSUM Oni TENKARA HONRYU 450″is definitely the perfect rod for big rivers (Honryu).This new rod is very different from the previous model:its ultra-lightness and great casting perfomance with tapered line(TL)or level line(LL)make this easy- to-use Tenkara rod ideal for everybody.
All parts are made in Japan,oroudly delivering the Japanese quality to the world.”
-Masami Sakakibara, aka Tenkara-no-Oni
Though the ONI Honryu 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.