The TRY 300 (Formerly known as the TRY 330) is a real gem of a rod. I know I shouldn’t play favorites – but of the three TRY rods, this rod is my go to. It’s a soft rod overall – but don’t confuse that with a soft-tipped rod. As with all the TRY rods, the 300 has a stiffer tip that transfers the casting force to the mid section of the rod. The result is a crisp casting rod with plenty of feel – you’ll feel the cast – but you won’t have trouble picking the fly and line up from the water.
The TRY 300 is designed as a level line rod – and it excels at casting level lines with ease and feel.
Its short 10-ft length and accurate casting make it perfect for small headwater streams that require precise casting in tight quarters. But don’t let the length fool you – this rod can also be at home on larger streams casting longer level lines. It’s designed to be a versatile rod – and it is.
As with all of the TRY tenkara rods – it is aimed primarily at the trout angler., but it will feel at home targeting panfish in your local pond or warm water stream. I really like to battle the bluegill on this rod.
Whether along the shady, tree lined bank of that bluegill pond or a brushy headwater mountain stream, the 10-ft TRY 300 makes casting, and landing fish, while under those low-hanging trees easy and fun.
The updated TRY 300 retains the great qualities (and rod blank) of its predecessor the TRY 330. The thoughtful design and practical consideration that went into the original TRY 330 continues with the TRY 300.
The TRY 300 is very light, weighing only 56 grams and with a center of gravity of 55cm and rotational moment of 3.08 it feels extremely light in the hand. The rod blank is painted matte grey without accents. Since small stream tenkara fishing typically happens at very short distances this muted color is stealthy and is intended to spook fish less than bright color and/or glossy rods can. The rod’s light weight allows you to comfortably grip the rod by the butt and is the reason we use a short handle with only the single profile bump. The TRY 300 length is 3.06 meters and the new model name now more accurately indicates the rod’s actual length
The action of this rod is amazing! I really like the longer Try rods but this rod is just plain sweet! It has a very nice full flex bend profile that balances absolutely perfectly in your hand. I don’t know how to say it other than this rod seemingly casts itself! So smooth, so effortless! I don’t detect any tip oscillation or overshoot.
I cast the Try 330 with a 10 foot #3 fluorocarbon level line and a Fujino Soft Tenkara 3.3 tapered nylon line, each having 2.5 feet of 6X tippet attached. Both of these lines load this rod perfectly. The lines were laid down with perfect precision and with such a delicate presentation that it instantly brought a smile to my face. This rod is such fun to use!
-Tom Davis, Teton Tenkara
Read Tom Davis’ full review of the TRY 300 at Teton Tenkara – note at the time of the review the rod was called the TRY 330 and has since be more accurately rechristened the TRY 300
“The TRY330 is a native brook trout angler’s dream. Loading the tip takes little effort and allows the angler to focus more on direction and placement of the fly. This allows for ease of accurate presentation in those little pockets of the types of tributaries I love to fish. I’m beyond satisfied with this product.”