Dirt Cheap Tenkara …just love the attitude…by Gribley
Fitting out the cheap rod…crappy music, no instructions but pictures are useful. No need to have a lathe to make cork handles from wine corks…hand rasp and sandpaper will work just as well (albeit slower) …you can (if game) mount it in a fixed electrical drill (preferably variable speed, so you can use low speed) as a lathe alternative. A further alternative to the paracord and cork handles is to use the fuzzy side of velcro tape…by Fishing Hobby
Fitting out the the kit rod …also crappy music, simple text instructions and clear pictures. by Aaron Kaminski
I built a mini, non-telescoping, “Tenkara” rod from an old solid fibreglass rod, bought at the local recycling tip shop. This involved several hours of wet sanding the blank to achieve a slower action. Not something i would recommend to my worst enemy. First of all, you need to wet sand and to take all precautions (mask, ventilation, vacuuming) to avoid breathing in any fibreglass dust. Second, the process is very slow and laborious. Third, there is no guarantee that you can sand off enough material without destroying the integrity of the rod (i.e. breaks under load). On 1, I was prudent; on 2, pig-headed,; and on 3, lucky.
Here is the rod. It;’s about 7 foot long when assembled. I used Cortland running line as the casting line. It’s a little underpowered and I am thinking of trying out the back end of an old #6 fly line as an aletrnative.
I work on the principle that the ideal angle for a fixed line presentation is around 45 degrees with the rod-to-line angle being 90 degrees. On the 3-4-5 right angle triangle ratio, that gives a line length (excluding leader and tippet) of 1 and one third times the rod length. That gives an ideal distance just under twelve feet, which is more than ample in the tiny overgrown rivulet I have used it on. And when I say tiny, I mean less than 3 feet at its widest and runs and pools less than 6 feet long. In fact, you have to stand well back from likely pockets and pools.
My next project (as soon as I can find some suitable diameter hollow fibreglass to make a ferrule) is to remove the handle and marry the top two sections to the bottom half of a 6 weight fly rod that I got at the same source. This will give me the option of fishing a shorter or longer rod (hopefully).