So 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.