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Tanago Thoughts

by March 16, 2012 5 comments

I recently received a Tanago rod from Chris Stewart of www.Tenkarabum.com fame.  What is a Tanago rod you ask?

Well apparently it is almost exactly like a Tenkara rod but it is designed for catching minnows or other very small fish. I am looking forward to trying and terrorizing the minnows in my local waters as an experiment in another way to catch fish. Does it bother me that the rod maxes out at 5″ to 8″ fish?

Not at all because a fish is a fish in my eyes.

Chris was nice enough to send me a complete setup which is pictured below.

Because I am not totally familiar with Tanago fishing and am in no way an expert even remotely I am including the link to TanagoBum so that you can learn more and also so that Chris gets the credit for this and so that if you get interested you can order a setup from him. Below is the link to his site so have fun with his information.

TanagoBum Information Link

I intend to try out this style of fishing here very shortly and as soon as I do I will be posting a few pics of the fish or whatever else I catch as well as my review of the equipment that I used.

Initially, the Tanago rod that is manufactured by Daiwa is rather interesting feeling in the hand. The grip is a textured finish that is adhered directly to the rod. It extends the same way a Tenkara rod extends. When collapsed the rod measures it is all of 19″!!! The rod that Chris sent me is 7′ 9″ when fully extended with the lilian.

I don’t have a way to weigh the rod, but I have to say it is almost ridiculously light in the hand, almost to the point of feeling as if you are not even holding anything at all. That being said, the action is quite nice and I believe will make catching even a very small fish quite exciting.

I look forward to trying this out soon and hope that I get to catch some fun little fish very shortly.

This style of fishing may even give a new meaning to the term Bait Slingin’!

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  1. Dennis W.
    #1 Dennis W. 15 April, 2013, 01:48

    Graham, Paul, I won't spoil the report or fun. I'm Dennis from "Smile Maker" in Chris' Your Micro Stories.

    I'm sure both of you have had at least one "OH sh*t" moment of a bigger fish than expected on other gear you use but with tanago gear you'll have those moment more often with the same fish you used to consider nuisance.

    Anyway you look at it you will leave the water with a smile.

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  2. Graham Moran
    #2 Graham Moran 13 April, 2012, 16:14

    Well Paul if all goes well I will be writing some small fish stories for you very soon. I plan to go out this Monday.

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  3. Paul Arnold
    #3 Paul Arnold 12 April, 2012, 22:35

    Graham, I just re-read my post, and I wrote too harshly.
    Actually, my disappointment was that when I read I hoped to hear some tiny-fish tales. But if you are getting married, perhaps you can use an excuse to go fishing — tell your bride that you'd love to help with the planning but your public is clammering for you to publish. Best wishes and many years of happiness for you and your lady.

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  4. Graham Moran
    #4 Graham Moran 11 April, 2012, 14:29

    Paul, I understand what you are saying about reading about the doing and not the thinking but unfortunately I don't have a huge amount of free time right now with my wedding planning. I do intend to go out and try it very soon. I am currently working on a post about my experiences. I am interested in the micro fishing aspect because I already own 3 Tenkara rods as it is. So not really sure I want a rod that does the same thing. Thank you for the comment.

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  5. Paul Arnold
    #5 Paul Arnold 11 April, 2012, 08:43

    It will be interesting to read what you have to say after you catch a fish or two. Learned a bit about you and Chris here but did not learn much about tanago. You have one of he tiniest of his rods. I think the 9 or 10 footers are where the action will be, where the prey is small but not necessarily micro fish. What I would like to hear about your rod is whether or not the actual catching is fun or boring, not the imagining of doing it but actually doing it, catching minnow size fish.

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