Post By: whitehook Posted: 8/29/2020 12:00:06 PMPoints: 19
Caught 3 before I broke my tenkara rod.... again. Two outings in a row that Iíve snapped this thing. I think Iím just hard on these rods. Still wouldnít fish this lake any other way. Tenkara style fly fishing is so much more fun to me.
Iím only use one 4lb test. The rod keeps snapping on the larger sections, not on the tip. I think Iíve been setting it down on rocks too hard or something. One break was while landing a fish but the other was just during a cast (and I wasnít casting hard or anything). I Think I need to be more gentle with the rod When laying it down. My friend thinks Iím causing small dings in the rod and eventually that stresses it and breaks it. I didnít realize how fragile these things are.
Reply by: Walleye Guy Posted: 8/29/2020 3:50:37 PM Points: 124
My rods are rated for no bigger than 5x tippet. This means the tippit will break before the rod. My sense is 4lb mono (if that is what you are using) is much stronger that 5x tippit. 30yds of RIo tippit is about 5 bucks. I advise you to try it.
Reply by: Walleye Guy Posted: 8/31/2020 7:26:26 AM Points: 124
I must admit that I haven't used floro tippet. I will look into the relative strengths of the various sizes. My my rod manufacturers (I have 3) all advise using tippets no larger than 5x. I think floro is thinner, is it stronger too? If so I would think I need to go to 6 or 7x to protect my rods.
Reply by: FishHuntNow Posted: 9/2/2020 7:16:13 AM Points: 1324
Yea it is a bit stronger then your typical tippet used to connect flies. I use it because I was sick of loosing big fish especially browns. Gives you a bit more umff when it come to dictating where to get the fish to go. 5x fluro tippet is all I use even 6x is good light and clear.