The Oni Rod Type-II is the slightly more robust brother of the Type-I Oni Rod. Mr. Sakakibara, aka “Tenkara-no-Oni” with over a 35-year Tenkara career, specially designed this rod for those newer to tenkara or for those looking for a more durable option that can more easily handle slightly bigger fish. Read more about Tenkara-no-Oni and his tenkara at his blog Masami Sakakibara’s World of Tenkara.
The main difference from the Oni Rod Type-I is its increased strength. It can more easily net bigger fish and has been tested with fish up to 40 centimeters (16 inches) in Japanese streams. The Type-II Oni Rod is based on the Type-I Oni Rod but the tip section down to the seventh section is a bit stronger for more durability. This makes it more suitable to beginners who haven’t cast with a tenkara rod and for those that regularly hook into larger trout in the range up to about 16 inches. Nevertheless, the light feel and casting feel remain the same.
The action is slightly softer than the Type-I with a 5:5 rather than a 6:4 flex profile.
The Type-II didn’t lose the hallmark of accuracy and feel of the Oni Rod Type-I and it retains its older brother’s superb balance. Like the Type-I it can cast fluorocarbon level line, tapered line and nylon level line.
Though not as delicate as the Type-I rod, it is still a specialized tool – and as with all tenkara rods it requires careful handling.
Though more durable than the Type I it is still designed primarily for trout up to 16 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 would like to return an unused rod for refund.