The Shadowfire Rod & Big Fish

shadowfire-tenkara-rod-1So we released our new Shadowfire tenkara rod recently and it is a big step up from our Tatsu rod in quality and performance. Our Shadowfire was designed to be a softer, lighter, and more balanced rod than the Tatsu. The Tatsu was designed to perform well and have lots of backbone to handle big fish, where with the Shadowfire we didn’t really design it around big fish but more for casting performance.

As we began to test the Shadowfire rods from our first shipment from the factory, we were pleasantly surprised at how well it stood up to larger trout. The first large trout I landed on the Shadowfire was a nearly 23″ rainbow, bigger than any fish I have yet to land on my Tatsu. The rod didn’t have the backbone to control the fish like the Tatsu does but it was strong enough to take the long tough fight.

Since that first large rainbow I have caught several fish ranging from 17-20 inches and the Shadowfire made it through some tough battles. I don’t want to say that the Shadowfire is a big fish rod, because it is not, but if you hook into one you can fight it with some confidence that it is not a weak tenkara rod.

We hope you enjoy the Shadowfire Tenkara Rod as much as we do, no matter what size the fish you catch.


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One thought on “The Shadowfire Rod & Big Fish

  1. Colin Bruner

    I saw this article on Dragontail Tenkara ex post facto of my Dragonfire Tatsu purchase:

    “So we released our new Shadowfire tenkara rod recently and it is a big step up from our Tatsu rod in quality and performance. ”

    I was thinking I had bought a fine rod from you in the Tatsu. I didn’t realize it was a “step down in quality or performance” from the Shadowfire. I had thought it to be an alternative choice that served the need for a stiffer rod that trades some finesse to gain more backbone. That was the deciding factor of choosing it above the Shadowfire, not price as I was prepared to buy either. Looking at the stats, I was hoping it was a lower price competitor to the Iwana. Perhaps I should have saved a bit more… Ah..buyer’s remorse.

    Still I have enjoyed my intial use of the Tatsu. It is the only Tenkara rod I have ever held so I have no point of reference that I’ve bought what I should have. Experience will tell I suppose. No hard feelings, just a sudden disappointment in my lack of confirmation that I made a good choice after all.

    – Colin Bruner

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