Tenryu TF39TA Furaibo

Anyone here own this rod?

I use it as my only tenkara rod in mountain streams and it’s really doing it well.

I would like to start a focused discussion on this rod to compare notes.

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I do own this rod. It is a fantastic all around rod. If I were going to focus and only use one rod it would work. I’ve been able to fish very small creeks and larger rivers with it. I think this rod combined with the Nissin Tenkara Mini as a back up are hard to beat. I’ve never broken the rod (knock on wood) but had some encounters with fish that probably would have but luckily had 5x tippet on. I e-mailed Tenryu awhile back asking them to make one in black with a stiffer action. I also wouldn’t mind the grip being a bit larger, but can live with it.

This is a pic I took with a larger cutthroat that Chris Stewart liked for the web site:



What lines do you use?


I’ve experimented with lots of different things. Currently I’ve tried to keep it simple and have been using a #3 level line oni orange at just below the rod length. That works in most situations, but it does feel too short on larger rivers so I’ll extend that a ways beyond the rod length. I haven’t measured it, but I go with what feels good in casting and what type of fishing I’m doing. If I’m doing more nymphs / euro / tactical whatever then I like it on the shorter end usually and go with a longer tippet section. If I’m doing more of a Kebari and manipulated type presentations then I’ll go longer level line and shorter tippet section. I don’t feel like I have it really figured out yet, but that’s what I’ve been doing most recently.

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I do sort of the same thing, I use a 3.3m #3.5 for my short line for tight quarters casting and a 5m #3.5 at distance. The rod is used either fully stretched (90%) or at short length the rest. I used it at mid length on purpose once for one fish and it was awkward for me, long or short , that is how I use it.

Super accurate, tough (more glass than most rods) and it disappears in my pack.

I believe out of the dozens and dozens of rods I’ve used out of the years, it is my favorite rod. Although I would like it in matte black, I’m actually ok with the color and I’m not a fan of red for my stream side color palette.

There is only one other rod brand that I find is like Tenryu, it is Sakura. They look like they are made by the same craftsmen…


That’s actually been my experience too with using it either at the longest length or the shortest. There isn’t enough of a difference to justify the middle setting for me to bother with it. I wonder if Sakura or Anglo or someone would make a custom high quality rod similar to the TF39TA in a black with a little better grip and two zoom positions. It would have to collapse as small as the TF39TA at a minimum. Also I’d want it between the TB40 and the TF39TA. The TF39TA is a bit soft where the TB40 is a bit stiff. I don’t know if that balance can be achieved where it’s great at playing with Kebari’s and handling bead head nymphs in a tightline style. The TF39TA is usable at nymping though so I think it can be done.

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I’ve thought about contacting them for a small run but most wont be bothered by it.

Too much of a hassle for them.

Besides, it’s not the color that has much to do with anything for me. It’s sort of an attitude, I even stuck a shiny reflective sticker on mine, it doesn’t matter really.

I like the rod.

Nothing about the action would I change.

The matrix is perfect too.

I don’t think people understand how delicate and tough rods are with some glass in them. Sure, there will be someone that will break one, I’m not that person.

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I have and love both the 39 and the 39TA. Softer, more full flex (39), than most of the other rods I had previously, but it was love at first wiggle. Just got them this summer and haven’t used them a ton, which is a too-many rod problem. As such I’ve only been using a #3 or #3.5 the length of the rod. I enjoy watching the bend as I fight a fish!