HYDRA zx390 Zoom Tenkara Rod

Out Of Stock until late November 2020

HYDRA zx390 Rod & Case $139.99 Sale Price $124.99

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HYDRA zx390 Rod Specs:

    • Rod length: zooms between 390cm/350cm (about 13ft/11.5ft)
    • Soft 6:4 action
    • Rod weight: about 3.2 oz
    • High quality carbon fiber
    • Collapsed rod length: 21 inches
    • Handle length: 10.3 inches
    • 9 segments
    • Stealthy Matte Black Finish
    • Hard Storage Tube: 22.5 inches
    • Stylish Rod Sock
    • Brand: DRAGONtail Tenkara
    • Warranty, Returns and Repair info

This rod is a 6:4 soft action rod can be fished at either 13′ or 11.5′, it easily zooms between the 2 lengths. The HYDRA zx390 zoom Tenkara rod is a great choice for fishing small streams and rivers as well. Great for targeting trout in the 4″ to 20″ range.

Whether you are a beginner in Tenkara or been in the game for quite some time, this is a good rod choice to consider. It provides an enjoyable action and performance UN-matched by other rods in this price range.

Teton Tenkara’s REVIEW:
Tom Davis of Teton Tenkara called it a great option for the “what rod should I get” question (see part I of his review). He also said “Its softer action made casting a #3 level line effortless… If you are looking for a rod that will cover most trout fishing situations, and yet won’t tax your wallet, you should consider the DRAGONtail Hydra ZX390” (see part II of his review).


Zoom Function & Lengths
390cm/350cm (about 13ft/11.5ft). The HYDRA rod can be fully extended for the full 13ft length or you can collapse and lock the first section to make the rod an 11.5ft length rod. This give you more a rod that can fit a broader range of fishing situations.

The 13ft length is excellent for when you have open area to cast, or larger water with needed reach, or when you need longer leverage length to fight bigger fish. In the longer length the HYDRA rod can handle trout around 20in quite well with proper technique, and we did just that with it quite a bit this past summer and fall.

The 11.5ft length is a good general purpose length for Tenkara allowing you to cast nicely in small streams. If you are targeting small fish (such as 4-8″ trout) the shorter length will be the most responsive and fun length. The short length will be softer action than the longer length, which fits better for very small fish and smaller streams.

Rod Action
The 6:4 Action of the HYDRA rod is much softer than our other rods (such as the Shadowfire & KOMODO rod). It also has a deeper flex profile that gives it an upgraded casting feel and distributes the bend of the rod better. If you have fished our Shadowfire or KOMODO rods you will find this rod to be quite an upgrade.

The soft action of the HYDRA rod also makes it an excellent choice for fishing light level line. It will also perform great with our furled lines as well (such as the Bushi, Shogun, or Katana furled lines).

For The Seasoned Tenkara Angler
The HYDRA rod is a great rod that even seasoned Tenkara anglers will enjoy quite a bit. You will love the soft cast and delicate action that surpasses rods in the same price range as the HYDRA zx390. It is one of my favorite rods to fish and my go to when fishing light level line.

For The Beginner
The HYDRA Tenkara rod is a great choice for beginners giving them a one quality rod to fit many situations with out the need of investing in 2 rods. It also gives them a rod they will love after they have been in the Tenkara game for quite some time.

Handle Shape
Our HYDRA rod handle fits the hand more comfortably to reduce hand fatigue and to give you more casting control that you will be pleased with. It is also shaped so you have multiple options of holding the handle in both the lower and upper areas of the handle to fit your preference or situational needs.

Matte Black Stealthy Finish
The matte black color keeps the rod from reflecting the sun off a 13ft rod and possibly alerting the fish of your presence. Despite being matte black, this rod is very appealing to the eyes and has a quality finish.

Tom Davis fishing the HYDRA zx390 Tenkara rod from his product review:

See Part I and Part II of the Teton Tenkara rod review.

3 thoughts on “HYDRA zx390 Zoom Tenkara Rod

  1. Merle hamilton

    I purchased a tatsu 360 6/4 a couple of years ago from Brent and it has been a really
    good rod for mountain trout. I then purchased the zx390 in Jan. 2018 during it’s
    release, I can tell you if you are to buy a better rod then you are going to pay in the
    high $200. range. You get 2in1. A 11′ 6″ or ,13′ by just pulling the bottom section. The
    balance at ether length is great, don’t know how they did it. Used it 3 times on the Davidson in N.C. on the second trip I took a 20″ plus rainbow. At 13′ this rod had pleanty of back bone to land the fish without wearing him out. At full length, slow down your casting stroke for a better cast. Can you get a better rod for under $200.00 I dought it, can you find better customer service than at Dragontail, there is no way possible. Brent really cares about people and their needs. I would buy another one of these tomorrow.. great rod.

  2. Brent Scheafer

    Fished today on 3 different streams with new hydra 360 it is a fast rod to cast so you have to slow it down. It casts excellent off the water back upstream. Place in a drift when done can place back in hole in one movement. Fished both long and short very impressed by both. Will be buying another for my son.
    5 star rating

  3. Tom McGoldrick

    I fish every weekend year-round. I fish still water and rivers, big and small. I purchased the Hydra zx390 not for the Tenkara but for the speed of setup and simplicity. I purchased the rod in January at the fly fishing expo in Boise and couldn’t be happier. I use this outfit everywhere I would use my 3 to 6 wt fly or my ultra light and light spinning rod. To date my best with this rod, trout at 21” and several bass in the mid to high teens. The Hydra is soft enough to play with the blue gills and have a great time. It trough’s dry flies as well as it does wet with an indicator if needed. The presentation is much softer than my 3wt. I use the furled lines and floating, I cut a section of running line from my 3wt and it works great. I hear many people say “I would put this up against xy brands anytime”. I have and it comes out on top. Quality is excellent, I lightly extend each section, no collapsing while fishing and no sticking when its time to go home. The crews at DragonTail are great to work with and very quick on all orders, I purchase many of my hooks from them.


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