The TRY 390 is the rod for bigger water when casting a longer level line is desired. It has a slightly different action compared to the 360 and 330 in order to generate higher line speeds for longer lines – but is still a fairly full-flex rod with good casting feel. It’s 13-ft length gives you more reach than the other TRY models, but even at 13′ it still remains light, coming in at just over 2.5 ounces. The 390 makes a nice rod for those bigger rivers and streams with some room for long line casting and it has a bit more backbone as a 7:3 rod. Due to its longer length and weight, the TRY 390, will of course feel a bit heavier in hand, and when casting than the other TRY models.
Though it is a longer, slightly stiffer rod, the TRY 390 is still designed for casting level lines. As with all the TRY rods, the 360 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.
Of course the TRY 390 tenkara rod is aimed primarily at the river trout angler, but it’s length and long line casting ability can make it a nice choice for lake fishing for trout, and even panfish.
Casting the Try 390 is a joy. I have run out of superlatives for Oleg’s tenkara rods, as each that I have used is wonderful. The Try 390 is no exception. It balances well, casts effortlessly, does not oscillate, and has no overshoot. Being so lightweight it does not fatigue your arm either. It really is a fun rod to use.
I’ve fished the Try 390 many days on streams ranging from small spring creeks to classic mountain streams to large open rivers. By adjusting the length of line you use you can effectively fish all these types of waters with this rod. Although this rod is advertised as a 7:3 it casts a #3-3.5 fluorocarbon line beautifully. Unweighted kebari are placed right where you want them and even beadhead flies are no problem. In fact, on my trip today I fished a New Zealand dropper system with two headhead flies. Still the Try 390 cast them wonderfully!
-Tom Davis, Teton Tenkara
Read a Review on the TRY 390 at Teton Tenkara – note that he reviewed an early version with different cosmetics and grip – but the same blank.