Tatsu360 Tenkara Rod



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12 foot (360cm) strong 6:4 action rod (feels like a 7:3 due to its strength)


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Tatsu360 Rod Specs:

    • Rod length: 360 cm (about 12 feet)
    • 6:4 action (feels like a 7:3 due to its strength)
    • Rod weight: about 3.10 ounces
    • Anti-tangle swivel tip
    • High quality Japanese carbon fiber
    • Storage tube included (24 inches long)
    • Collapsed rod length: 22 1/4 inches
    • Handle length: 10 5/8 inches
    • 8 segments
    • Black matte finish
    • Brand: DRAGONtail Tenkara
    • Warranty, Returns and Repair info


This Tatsu360 DRAGONtail Tenkara fly rod is made with a high quality Japanese carbon fiber for superb performance. Its 12 foot length and 6:4 bend action is what we suggest for most situations, and especially for newbies to Tenkara. The 6:4 action allows you to feel everything the fish does, even the smaller fish will be a fun catch.

The Tatsu360 rod is well balanced for a great feel that allows you to fish it all day with less arm fatigue. The handle is long with a comfortable grip at the upper and lower end of the handle, giving you the versatility of change up your rod length as needed. The rod itself has a matte black finish that reduces rod glare from the sun so you don’t signal to the fish where you are.

Tenkara is traditionally used to catch small to medium sized fish in small mountain rivers but do not be afraid to seek out the big trout with this rod. The Tatsu360 has enough backbone to take the stress of larger trout, we have hooked into quite a few during our testing and they are a blast to fight.

The strong backbone of the Tatsu does give it a bit of a stiffer feel than some 6:4 action rods, if you would like a soft action Tenkara rod check out our Shadowfire rod.

If you are new to Tenkara, check out these casting helps on the Tenkara Forum.

Here is a Video of Tom Davis fishing the Tatsu360:
(See his full written review at Teton Tenkara)

Basic Rod Setup Video:

Tenkara is Fun:





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7 thoughts on “Tatsu360 Tenkara Rod

  1. Nathan

    Just received my Tatsu 360 and was already impressed by how light it was compared to my first rod. Have not used the rod yet to catch any fish but have taken it outside to practice casting, noticed right away on how easy it was to cast an less arm fatigue. Wish I would of heard about you guys first when getting into tenkara. Would have been less stressed about casting. Really you guys have an amazing tenkara rod. This rod will make my tenkara fishing a whole lot enjoyable.

  2. Jonathan Engleka

    I am looking totally forward to buying this rod from yall, after a positive returned email from Brent, answering some saltwater questions I had, which really has made the defining difference for my self, everything about that rascal, is a positive notion that could ever conceive, if I am not mistaken, it even barely just makes TSA’s dimensional carry on, I believe they are at 22″ being the largest measurement, but, that’s besides the point, ..keep on rockin!

  3. Bill Whetstone

    I ordered and received my 360 over the winter, and due to schedules, weather and frreetime, was only able to finally try it out this past weekend. WOW. Found a great little spot in Island Park, ID and caught more fish in one outing than anytime in my life. Many were pretty small, but that is just because of the area, but the rid cast well and fished well. Had a blast. My friend was very impressed with the action and he has 3 other Tenkara rods. Singing the praises!

  4. Jan Stewart

    I think the telescoping and no reel would make it way easier to kayak and fly fish!!! I am buying one b4 summer and try it on trout and salmon in alaska just for pure fun and experimenting

  5. Dapper Tom

    received the Tatsu rod very quickly, had an opportunity to try it out on the Upper Arkansas this weekend, hooked 14 fish in under two hours, biggest 13″, rod handled it well even in big water. I found the rod very accurate, was casting dry dropper to wherever I wanted it to go, no tangles, no stress, this rig makes dapping easy peesey Japanesey

  6. P.E. Marshall

    A few months back I ordered a Tatsu tenkara rod from Dragon Tail. The rod was promptly shipped and received in good order. I was truly shocked at how light the rod was compared to even my 4 wt. “western” rod (without the reel attached.) I didn’t get a chance to use the Tatsu until late June when I went on a backpack trip to the Clark Fork, a main tributary to the middle fork of the Stainslaus River near Sonora Pass in the Cal Sierra Nevada range.

    The Clark Fork is a typical mid-altitude large creek (7000′) with steep tumbles, pools, shallow runs, and lots of alders (shrubs and trees) hugging the banks. Access to the stream is usually difficult. Casting points are few and far between unless you are literally in the creek. There is a lot of tiring (and tiresome) “in-‘n-out” when going from pool to pool. This is where the tatsu leaves the standard flyfishing gear in the dust.

    Once all set up and rigged, I don’t know of any flyfisher who’s going to take down and re-rig his gear when going from one hole or run to the next–yet this is very often required unless you are willing to spend a lot of time very carefully getting out of and back into the stream with an 8 foot rod that is often fished in these creeks. Smaller shorter rods fair better, but are not nearly as efficient as the tenkara rod that can be easily and quickly pulled down (without re-rigging) in preparation for moving up or down to the next hole.

    Fishing the Clark Fork was an arduous proposition making the very light Tatsu rod a real blessing. Once clear of any overhanging limbs, the one-shot up and in casting of a tenkara rod has your fly on the water far more often than can be achieved with the usual flyfishing gear. Mending the line with the fly on the water is not often required, and if so, the mends are usually short and quick. The dead-drifts of small nymphs and surface flies is breathtaking in some instances, because the long rod, holding the short line off the water, can easily follow the down stream progress of the fly for quite a distance. I noted that when I was on top of my casting technique, I was effortlessly getting casts to nearly 30’, usually the longest distance required (rarely) in smaller streams like the Clark Fork.

    The brookies in the creek whacked just about everything tossed their way, if you got your fly spotted properly, an easy deal with the tenkara rod as there is no line hauling and little mending required. It’s a real blast playing a hooked 7″ or 8″ brook trout on the Tatsu rod.

    I seriously doubt if all the “gear” (rod, flies, tippet material, line (3 lines), etc.) weighed even 8 oz.. With the rest of my pack “crap” at 40 pounds, this was a real blessing! While I certainly won’t cash in my other rods, tenkara will be assuming far more prominence in my flyfishing repertoire.


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