The Oni Rod Type-I is the flagship model rod designed by Mr. Sakakibara, aka “Tenkara-no-Oni” with over a 35-year Tenkara career. The Type-I Oni Rod is specially designed for Tenkara aficionados. Read more about Tenkara-no-Oni and his tenkara at his blog Masami Sakakibara’s World of Tenkara.
The Type-I Oni rod is a 13′ rod allowing for great reach, however it is an amazingly well balanced rod, with a surprisingly light feel in the hand and so it will allow you to cast all day without straining your wrist. It has been designed to have superb casting accuracy and can present the fly with pinpoint precision to even the smallest targets.
It features a delicate solid rod tip which makes it hard for fish to detect the line tension.
It is designed to maximize balance, and feel for smooth casting, and accurate presentations. It was originally designed for Japanese river trout and char, such as Amago, Yamame and Iwana which are typically in the size range of 7 to 15 inches.
The Oni Type-1 rod is a very delicate rod. The tip is very, very thin. It is a specialized tool – and is not recommended for novices that are inexperienced in rod handling. These are sensitive rods for those who are decently accustomed to using tenkara rods.
It is not designed for really big trout nor is it 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 – please contact me if you wish to return an unused rod for refund.