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ZEN'S HAPPY CUSTOMERS!

Your enthusiasm for pushing the limits of what can be done with tenkara is contagious

- Doug

Best Customer support experience that I've Ever had! This is a great company with great products!

- Jim, CO

Such an exquisite, in depth and open sharing for an answer to an email inquiry. I did not expect it. I loved it. The kind of company, answer and owner one seldom experiences today

- Robert, Chicago

I want to thank you for the rapid response you gave me regarding my new Zen Tenkara Zako Rod I bought at the fly fishing expo! I got the new tips the next day after we talked! Thanks again for caring about a customer!

- James Franklin

I really appreciate the incredible customer service.

- Tyson, CA

Guaranteed to put many smiles on many faces!

- Robert, Denver

Used your floating line today for Golden trout in the Kernville, CA watershed – was I impressed! Casts easily with good control even in windy conditions, floated well without causing drag. Great line – worth the price.

- Art

WOW ! You totally caught me off guard with the Suzume rod. I was speechless

- Richard, Denver

I'm sold on the rod and your company

- Frank, SC

Loving the Zen experience

- Harold, Oregon

Thanks once again for your personal amazing pointers you’ve provided on this page. This has been really unbelievably generous of you to give without restraint.

- Gremer

Love the Sagi. Really apparent when I had to use my “other” rod yesterday. Thank you for making such a great product.

- Ron Wedemeyer

It was an absolute treat to get to hear Karin Miller (Owner, Zen Tenkara) present and discuss tenkara

- Matt, Colorado Springs

Own 3 of your rods!

- Tracy

Quality rods and gear designed to push the boundaries of tenkara by someone who enjoys pushing the boundaries and wants to share the experience

- Douglas, Alberta Canada

My wife loves her Zen Tenkara rod and has caught trout throughout Colorado. We have a wonderful opportunity to go to El Faro Lodge in Cuba. Thanks for a great product and all your leadership in the field.

- Mike West

Outstanding customer service with such a quick response, thank you. Really impressive.

- Scott E.

Great Gear!

- Anonymous

F*ckin’ tremendous

- Burt

I am delighted with my Sagi rod. I took it to Mexico last year and managed to hook a couple baby tarpon

- Anonymous

The Sagi rod is the bomb!

- Anonymous

About Zen Tenkara

At Zen we're all about the duality of finding balance on the water and defining American Tenkara.

The yin: We strive for optimal balance between elegance and practicality, strength and beauty, uniqueness and tradition so that customers can truly experience peace and pleasure from their purchase.

The yang: Zen has taken traditional Japanese Tenkara where it hasn't gone before, testing limits, breaking boundaries and defining American Tenkara so that customers can push their skills to achieve a thrill like no other.

Learn more about Zen Tenkara's Story.

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Make each day an adventure to remember—and leave the crowds behind. The key to an unforgettable fishing adventure is location, prime location.

From Alaska to Mexico to Argentina and beyond, get ready for a trip of a lifetime and a Tenkara experience like no other.

Introducing our latest destination: Costa Rica.

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Zen Tenkara / Fly Fishing Gear
Excellent
5.0
Based on 43 reviews
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Dale Yamamoto
Dale Yamamoto
Got the Kyojin rod for going after larger fish like salmon that I generally don’t have to cast far and figured this would work perfectly. Just lawn casted so far but will definitely take out this fall. Ordering was easy and delivery quick.
Response from the owner: Thanks for the review. Have fun with the Kyojin (stay out of the tip and play to the side) and send us pics when you land some lunkers. Tight Lines!
Demetria Montoya
Demetria Montoya
I purchased my suzume zen tenkara rod two years ago - I love it! The Zen Tenkara group at the Fly Fishing Expo in Denver are top notch, both when I purchased my rod, and again today, when I came in for help to replace a broken part. My granddaughter and I accidentally stepped on my rod when pulling in her first fish on a tenkara rod! Thank you so much…I would recommend the rod to anyone wanting to give fly fishing a try, and the company to anyone who wants over the top customer service! Thank you Karin and all!
Response from the owner: We are so glad to have been able to take care of you and get you back on the water (once it warms up). And good for YOU for teaching your granddaughter! Tight lines to both of you and happy fishing. It's not just about selling you a rod, it's about supporting your adventures! Thank you for the kind review.
Michael Walsh
Michael Walsh
I own the Sagi rod and it’s been excellent. Recently I had a broken Lillian and I emailed the company and I believe the owner emailed me back in minutes. I explained my problem and she sent me not only the replacement parts but a couple extra goodys too. I would strongly recommend this company for buying a tenkara rod. They are the most versatile rod I’ve ever owned and I own over thirty rods.
Response from the owner: Thanks for taking the time to give us a review. So happy you are enjoying your Sagi and had a good customer service expereince. Tight lines and happy fishing!
J T
J T
These rods are beautifully and thoughtfully made. Zen Tenkara's products have little special touches that let you know someone cares about what they are making. Customer service is excellent. Karin has been great to communicate with and has shown her thoughtfulness and love for the customer each time she has shipped. I am sold on this brand.
Response from the owner: Thank you for the kind review Jerry. We aim to please and treat our customers the way we would want to be treated ourselves. We know you had a choice and appreciate and are honored that you chose Zen Tenkara.
Gregg Russo
Gregg Russo
Zen Tenkara/Karin Miller - exceptionally generous and supportive. Me - total beginner, I am not yet qualified to share an opinion about the performance characteristics of the gear, perhaps a few years from now I can contribute some more substantive and meaningful feedback.
Response from the owner: Thank you Gregg. We are always here to help and support. Have fun out there!
Donald Earley
Donald Earley
Response from the owner: Thanks!
Ken Merkelbach
Ken Merkelbach
Why would I ever want to shop Tenkara anywhere else?
Response from the owner: You just made our day! Thank you.
Bob Miller
Bob Miller
These are the best Tenkara Rods and floating lines on the Planet! Great products, great service, great company! The big rods, the Taka and the Kyogin will handle anything including Bone fish, Red fish, Golden Dorado,Salmon, Char, Alaskan trout, etc. The smaller rods, the Zako, Susume, and Hachi are premier trout rods depending on your stream. Do yourself a favor and buy a rod that will bring a smile to your face for a lifetime!
Response from the owner: Thanks Bob! We're proud of our products, enjoy helping others and try to deliver exemplary customer service. We offer a wide variety of trnkara rods and were the first tenkara company to explore big rods for big fish.
Simeon Grater
Simeon Grater
Well-made products, reasonable prices and GREAT Karma !
Response from the owner: Thanks so much! We like to treat customers the same way we like to be treated.
John Chambers
John Chambers
Response from the owner: Thanks John!
David Massey
David Massey
Good fast service, answers email questions, what's not to like!
Response from the owner: Thanks! We are always here to help and answer questions!
Bill Maypole
Bill Maypole
I bought the rod for my wife. She broke the tip on her first trip. I ordered a new tip and was happy to know you had one and sent it out, I got it a few days.Bill
Response from the owner: What a nice gift! All our rods come with a spare tip which can be found in the pocket of the rod sock if you hadn't noticed. But all sections are easily replaced. Remind your wife to keep a broad open curve like the letter C and avoid turning the rod into an upside-down letter J or a candy cane shape. This spreads the load along the length of the whole rod making it stronger, providing you more control and keeping you from overloading a single section. Hope that helps! (and lucky wife 😄)
Sylvia FV
Sylvia FV
Great for small streams NM & CO.
Response from the owner: YES! We sure think so and we're glad that you do too.
Craig Koenig
Craig Koenig
I have never done much fishing but had stumbled upon some information about Tenkara and it seemed like exactly what I was looking for. The problem was, not being a fisherman, I was really flying blind and was in need of a ton of info. I reached out to Zen Tenkara and not only did I get the exact info I was looking for but it came from the owner of the company. She was personable and answered all of my multiple questions/emails quickly and thoroughly. I cant give a review of the rods I bought yet cause I have yet to use them, but I thought everyone struggling to get information should know what a great company this is to work with! Cant say thank you to Zen Tenkara enough!
Response from the owner: It's not just about selling a rod for us, its about the whole experience and sharing our joy and passion for the water and for fishing with others. Thanks for letting us be a part of your journey!
William Kloiber
William Kloiber
Wonderful experience w/ Zen Tenkara. I recently purchased their Suzume and Suimenka rods. They work perfectly on some of the smaller waters I fish. Also, the performance tip is a must have accessory. It gives you extra options on the water by slightly changing the action of the rod.
Response from the owner: Thank you for the kind review. So glad you are happy with your purchase. We are help to support so reach out any time! Happy New Year and happy fishing.
Ryan Kimball
Ryan Kimball
Excellent company. I purchased the Sagi rod and love it. Outstanding customer service as well. Would certainly buy from Zen again. Karin is super helpful if you have any questions.
Response from the owner: So glad you are enjoying your Sagi (my favorite, lol) and always happy to help with questions about our products, tenkara or fly fishing in general! Tight lines and happy fishing.
Ari
Ari
Communication and customer care are exemplary. I can warmly recommend the quality of the products.Thanks Karin & Co!
Response from the owner: Fantastic! Thanks for the kind words. We like to treat customers the way we want to be treated.
Ana Echenique
Ana Echenique
So having fished the Suzume extensively since the other review posted on August 31, 2021 where it compared favorably to the Rhodo, I wanted to say that the rod continues to perform remarkably well at all 3 lengths. It is evident that the carbon fiber utilized is top notch. The rod is a bit more stiff (as expected) at its shorter length which works since I use this in tight cover situations. I do love the mid and full length as well extending whenever cover allows. The castability and play of the rod are great. It is very well balanced. It is my “just right” triple zoom tight cover rod (ala Goldilocks). I definitely give it 5 stars *****
Response from the owner: Hi Ana. Thanks for your review. Zen Tenkara's goal is to not only deliver incredible products, but also incredible service. We treat customers the way we like to be treated.
E G
E G
Highly recommend this company! Not only are the products super quality but the business is female owned, which is rare and especially cool for an outdoor company. I reached out to Karin because I am a learn-by -doing type of person and she took hours out of her day to go over all things tenkara with me. This is information you’re just not going to get at your local outdoor store in the fly fishing section. I am forever grateful and excited for some of their upcoming new products to hit the market!!
Response from the owner: Happy to help and be a part of your fly fishing and tenkara journey!
JJ JJ
JJ JJ
I just purchased a rod and other items from Zen Tenkara. The owner included a product from her website which she thought I might need at no cost along with a very nice handwritten card. You can't go wrong purchasing a product from Zen Tenkara...
Response from the owner: Hope you enjoy it and land tons of fish. Tight lines!
Brett Evans
Brett Evans
Great Service, love the products.I have the Suzume and the Zako Rods, I own nearly all the accessories, so my shopping experience, customer service experience on replacement parts, and sales has been excellent. I landed several Artic Grayling this last weekend with both rods, and I just love the simplicity and performance or the rods, and Tenkara Fishing..
Response from the owner: Wonderful! So glad you are enjoying our products and the tenkara experience. Thank you for the generous review.
mike west
mike west
It is often I find someone passionate about fly fishing. It is rare that I find someone passionate and willing to purely enjoy someone else loving this sport. Karin and Zen Tenkara are that rare mix. From catching bluegill with my grandchildren and teaching them to watch the fly, to a trip of a life time and a Amazon Golden Dorado on a Kyogin Zen Tenkara has been apart of my team. I can't wait to get my next rod with Zen Tenkara.
Response from the owner: We are so grateful to be a part of your adventures. Your accomplishments on the Kyojin are spectacular...the first to land a Golden Dorado! Thank you for letting us be a part of that. It's not only about catching fish...
connie Wedemeyer
connie Wedemeyer
My husband has been tenkara fishing for years and has always purchased another competitor’s equipment. I began fishing with his equipment, but did my own research when I decided to purchase my own equipment, and I found zen tenkara and purchased the sagi. I love it!! My husband loves it and insisted on purchasing his own sagi, we look forward to having a whole quiver of zen tenkara rods!!
Response from the owner: Thanks Connie. We appreciate the kind words and positive review - and we love our Sagi too!
Paul Ridgway
Paul Ridgway
amazing gear , Top Quality can be used for Salt or fresh water. Customer service sets a new industry standard for Great - I love my ZenTenkara Rod!
Response from the owner: Thanks!
John Carey
John Carey
Response from the owner: Thank you!
Gerry Quigley
Gerry Quigley
Zen Tenkara / Fly Fishing Gear is an exceptional business that should be proud of itself in its forward thinking approach to Tenkara fishing, customer education and satisfaction with a emphasis on having fun. I first met Karin Miller on the TU member forum in a discussion about Tenkara. Karins explanation of Tenkara and descriptive, knowledgeable replies to questions really peaked my interest. She went as far as to reach out to me directly and offered to loan me a demo rod for a couple weeks just to try out! Thank You Karin you've opened up a new door for me within in my favorite pastime of Fly Fishing.The inner 8 year old kid in me says "Waa Hoo"!In kid speak that means; You have a new life long customer and friend!Gerry Quigley
Response from the owner: We are thrilled you've connected with your inner 8 year old - life should be celebrated and enjoyed. We hope our tenkara fly fishing products help you do that. "Waa Hoo!" right back at you.
Ryan Spence
Ryan Spence
Fantastic quality rods, even better quality flies (believe me I’d know). I believe I got the medium sized rod, I don’t remember the exact name. And it is just outstanding, being that it is my first tenkara rod I am definitely being spoiled for the quality of it.The traditional flies look great, and they do great out on the water. I highly recommend any of their products
Response from the owner: Thanks Ryan! Enjoy and have fun on the water.
Mark Cole
Mark Cole
My wife Judy and I are participating in the Western Native Trout Challenge. Like the better-known state sponsored Wyoming Cutt-Slam and the Utah Cutthroat Slam where the angler is required to catch 4 native cutthroats, provide documentation, and is then rewarded with a certificate, the Western Native Trout Challenge is sponsored by the Western Native Trout Initiative and 12 western states. The ultimate goal is to catch 18 different species of salmonoids in their native waters in 12 western states. Last year Judy and I achieved the lowest reward level – Expert Caster - by catching 6 trout from at least 4 different states. This year we continued with the challenge to achieve the next reward level – Advanced Caster – which would include, in addition to Montana, Nevada, and Idaho, a trip to Alaska for several Alaskan species on the Challenge list. One of my concerns was going after large, strong Alaskan fish on our usual tenkara gear; most of our tenkara fishing is for twelve inch and under trout from small streams using typical tenkara flies and level fluorocarbon lines. For Alaska we would need stouter equipment that would handle larger fish and be able to comfortably cast robust Alaska style terminal tackle.We knew of Karen Miller and her Zen Tenkara company from attending the annual Denver Fly Fishing shows and her attempt to Americanize tenkara by wedding the fixed line tenkara rod to conventional terminal tackle. It may not be strictly how tenkara is practiced in Japan, but as we found, it works well.During the 2020 Fly Fishing show we had long discussions with Karen about our goals, tackle, tactics, and fishing lodges. After much discussion we finally selected a Zen Tenkara Sagi, as most suitable to our targeted fish – Alaskan Rainbow, Arctic Char, Dolly Varden, and Arctic Grayling. Salmon are not part of the Challenge. The Sagi is a 13.5-foot rod with a 13-inch handle and weighs in at 3.5 ounces that under the load of a fish has a smooth bend from tip to butt – the power curve. The only negative that I can offer is that after a day of catching large Alaskan fish we often had a stuck tip. This issue is overcome by using a bit of shelf liner to enhance your finger’s grip on the tip where it goes into the butt section; apply some pressure and the tip will release tip back into the rod’s larger sections. Incidentally, Karen also helped us to decide on Rapids Camp Lodge in the Bristol Bay region for three reasons. They could provide access to all four species that we were fishing for, they had back up western gear in case we could not accomplish our goals with tenkara, and they were the only lodge that supported tenkara.Our first day on the stream I girth hitched the 15-foot yellow line I constructed to the rod tip; handed the line to my guide Teddy and he rigged up a typical Alaskan set up consisting of a leader, tippet and big yellow strike indicator and a pegged egg. Turns out this was the only line I used during our 6 days of fishing in Bristol Bay. The casting was instinctive, the rod performed beautifully, and on my second cast I was into an 18-inch grayling. Remembering Karen’s admonishment to maintain a “power curve” -- a smooth uniform bend in the rod from butt to tip -- I easily controlled the fish which was soon landed, photographed, and released. Judy eagerly took the rod and cast into the same pool, but a bit higher up, and on her second or third cast she was fast to a 19-inch Dolly Varden. The Sagi quickly became Judy’s favorite tenkara rod because, unlike typical tenkara rods, the more massive line allows her to feel the back-cast load which improves her cast timing.The Sagi is a great large fish rod and exceeded our expectations in its casting and fish fighting abilities. For our targeted fish it is hard to beat. By the second day we landed all four of our Alaskan Challenge fish and later in the summer we successfully completed the Challenge’s Advanced Casting Level.
Response from the owner: Well done and Congratulations on your success! That is certainly a feat to be proud of and doing it on tenkara is even more incredible. So glad the Zen Sagi performed and helped you meet the challenge. Thank you for choosing Zen and allowing us to be a part of it.
Matthew Komatsu
Matthew Komatsu
What an amazing rod and company. I live in AK, and have been fishing a little 3wt tenkara for the past couple of years, but have been very interested in going after salmon, which meant I’d need something with more power. After a lot of research, which included a phone call with the owner, I settled on the Zen Kyojin to target Silvers and Chum. Unfortunately, the night before I was slated to leave for a silver trip, I broke a rod section. This leads me to the repair policy — all I had to do was order the section, not send it all back like a most normal fly rod manufacturers would require. So, within days, I was back on my rod and I’m happy to say that I landed a jack King and Silver on it, fishing in very right quarters, last weekend. The silver was a tail snag, so I got as big of a fight as I was going to get with that fish, and the Kyojin handled it incredibly well. My only complaint is that this rod is so exciting to fish, you might forget to secure your phone, which I did, and resulted in me losing my phone to Montana Creek. Worth it, frankly. If you want a tenkara for big fish, and the associated adventure, I’d call the Kyojin AK-(and rookie fly fisher-) approved.
Response from the owner: Awesome Matthew! Happy the rod meets your needs and is helping to keep life exciting. We love supporting FUN.
Noah Larsen
Noah Larsen
Arthur and I just returned from a three week central traverse of the Brooks Range, Alaska. We backpacked and packrafted with tenkara fishing stops in between.Our Sagi rods and gear from Zen Tenkara fit well with our lightweight approach. At under 4 oz for the rod and about 10 oz for all the gear we needed to fish a variety of conditions, we felt that our Zen Tenkara rods, line, and flies added a whole dimension to our trip at a minimal weight cost. In addition, the lightweight carbon fiber travel case kept our rods clean and dry despite us being in the backcountry for three weeks.The Sagi rods that we used are known for their craftsmanship, combining strength and flexibility. Each section of the rod is made from high-quality carbon fiber and has a cork handle. Karin, the owner of Zen Tenkara, spent over an hour before the trip giving us personalized instruction on how to best cast and bring in fish with Zen Tenkara rods.The Sagi proved itself to be a capable all-around rod, having the versatility to fish for grayling high in alpine streams and chase salmon in the larger rivers and tributaries as we exited the range. Versatility was paramount in pursuing our fishing objectives on this expedition. We spotted fish ranging from eight-inch grayling to Chum salmon weighing around 20 pounds. The Zen Tenkara Sagi made it possible for us to target them all, with a single 13.6 foot rod! Even though it is rated a 7-weight equivalent, the Sagi was a pleasure to use, whether fishing for grayling in six-foot wide alpine streams or casting to salmon from the packrafts in major rivers like the Alatna or the Koyukuk. Adjusting line and tippet length reinforced this fish-all ability.We liked how easy it was to switch our different sized lines using the lillian at the tip as we moved from casting for grayling to salmon, and from casting from shore to casting from our packrafts. The Zen Tenkara lines have a loop at the end that is girth-hitched to the lilian. Switching lines took under a minute.Our Zen Tenkara setups offered us the ability to stop en route for fishing sessions as short as ten minutes, because they are easily extendable, collapsable, and capable of being stowed with the line and fly still attached and organized. We particularly appreciated using the EZ Keepers combined with the Universal Cap, which made setting-up and breaking-down our rods take seconds. In anticipation of a day of walking up or down a stream, we would rig a 10-15” line with a 3-4” leader and a size 12-14 dry fly and be ready to stop and fish all day. We felt that the ability to take shorter breaks and present flies to a large number of fish allowed us to get the best of both worlds. We treated ourselves to some of the best grayling fishing one could hope for, all the while still pursuing a challenging traverse of the range.The Sagi was our favorite tenkara rod that we have used. We would recommend it to anyone looking to buy a strong rod with craftsmanship that stands a step above its competitors; a rod that can be trusted on long trips; a rod that is reliable for targeting eight inch grayling as well as twenty pound salmon, as we have done.
Response from the owner: Glad you were successful, met your goals and that Zen could help support your efforts. We love our Sagi rod and are proud that it performed so well for you. Sounds like an incredible adventure. Hope we can be a part of your next one.
Nick Girardi
Nick Girardi
Great products and great customer service!
Response from the owner: Thanks Nick. Happy you're enjoying your Zen experience
Phil Burden
Phil Burden
I have the Zen Tenkara Sezume rod and it is perfect for backpacking. A very versatile and extremely light weight rod to put in your pack. The best part is catching plenty of fish in the cold streams up in the high mountains. The customer service at Zen Tenkara is also outstanding! Extremely responsive with answers to your questions and orders on all their gear are shipped very promptly.All in all, a wonderful package and highly recommend Zen Tenkara to all, a truly very positive experience from customer care to high quality gear!
Response from the owner: Thanks for the kind words Phil. So glad you're enjoying your rod and your Zen experience. Customer care is as important as high quality products. Let's us know if we can ever be of help. Happy fishing!
Derek Smotherman
Derek Smotherman
I've just received my first Zen Tenkara Zako rod and I'll have to say I'm very impressed! The quality was beyond my expectations.I especially liked how well it stores in my pack and how fast and easy the rod can be ready for fishing! It literally takes seconds and you're ready to fish.I plan on purchasing more gear for myself and will definitely be purchasing another for my son!Thank you!
Response from the owner: You're very welcome and so glad you are enjoying your Zako Tenkara Rod. We're pretty fond of it too! Happy fishing and let us know if we can help you.
Britton Smotherman
Britton Smotherman
Zen Tenkara is an awesome company that provides high quality products. I used a Zen Tenkara rod for my first time fly fishing, and don't even need to bother trying anything else. It was very easy to learn and I caught a fish within 15 minutes!
Response from the owner: Awesome Britton and congrats on the fish!
Meagan Braun
Meagan Braun
The Zen Tenkara Rods were perfect for our first fly fishing experience. It’s simple to use and a great way to properly manage landing your fish. When my daughter and I went on a guiding tour with Karin, I fished with the Zako rod and my daughter used the Suzume rod. We loved these rods because it made our first experience fly fishing so simple and enjoyable. We had a fantastic day catching fish after fish and Karin was just as excited as we were! After our awesome day, I ordered my rods and lines and they arrived quickly. I see us taking these rods on hikes because they are so compact (collapsed is 20”)and I definitely will have them packed with me on all my future fishing trips. Note, part my anxiety is tacking up, but the Zen Tenkara floating lines are so easy to use because they come with a ready to-go connection loop and I didn’t have any knot issues when casting. It was a “Zen” day of fishing!!
Response from the owner: So glad you had a great day on the water and enjoyed your new rods. Zen Tenkara makes it easy to learn and guarantees fun on the water.
Tom Mulvahill
Tom Mulvahill
Fantastic rods that really can tackle any fish. And, Zen's customer service is second to none. True story: I broke the tip on my Zako (thru my own negligence) and happened to run into Karin that same day. I thanked her for including the extra tip with the rod because I needed it. She went to the back of her truck and gave me another extra tip; no questions, no charge. It's no wonder Zen Tenkara has become the pre-eminent tenkara rod company!
Response from the owner: Thanks Tom for the positive review and thanks for sharing your story. Great products are essential but so is great customer service and support. Happy fishing!
Aaron Estevez
Aaron Estevez
Zen Tenkara is an industry leader that continuously prioritizes the customer's experience and fun factor in all things they do. No other tenkara fly fishing company creates so many rods and products uniquely designed for different epic fishing experiences. Their owner, Karin Miller, loves to connect with customers, sharing stories and education. She provides unparalleled customer service, a priceless value.
Response from the owner: Aaron you make us blush. Happy customers and happy anglers, that's what we strive for.
Wendy
Wendy
Zen Tenkara provides not only high-quality rods and gear but also impeccable customer service. And owner Karin Miller is knowledgeable, accessible, and so much fun!
Response from the owner: Thanks for the kind review- we love what we do and helping others have a great time on the water
Pat S.
Pat S.
Zen Tenkara is the best...I received my order by mail within a couple of days and in time to get on the river early Saturday morning. Three strikes and a catch (beauty of a brown) within the first 1/2 hour! Love the Zen Tenkara 12' Zako rod w/setup kit...balanced, light and oh so responsive. Fun to cast!
Response from the owner: Thanks Patricia and congrats! That's the way to kickoff your off your tenkara journey. Way to go!
Bruce In Denver
Bruce In Denver
Karen is a rock star! Customer service the way the good Lord intended, impressive extraordinary effort, it was an absolute pleasure. I'm now a Zen Tenkara customer for life.
Response from the owner: Thanks Bruce! Glad we could get you all hooked up - no pun intended, LOL!
jay johnson
jay johnson
I end up in spots all across the world and once I started bringing the Kyojin around I never looked back. Fighting big fish on it has completely changed the way I look at fishing and fighting. It brings me back to when everything in fly fishing was new. Now I’ve got small tarpon, juvenile GTs (I like to just call em ts) Barramundi, Queen fish, Carp (my favorite local fish) and a bunch of others. It feels like breaking new ground. I never know what’s going to happen and that is as good as it gets for a dude like me.
Response from the owner: That's the excitement we aim for and the thrill of the challenge we love. Thanks Jay! We love our Kyojin too.
Jay Baichi
Jay Baichi
A great selection of rods. Professional and courteous customer service. Zen is a great company and Tekara fishing is just plain FUN!
Response from the owner: Thanks Jay - we support finding your inner 8yr old self!
Adam Hanna
Adam Hanna
I could probably come up with five eye-catching words, that are both powerful and applicable that would best fit Zen, but words sometimes are not enough. Really you need to experience who they are and what they offer. I honestly doubt that you’re going to find any other Tenkara company like them. You get some of the most personable people to deal with and they make high-quality, boundary pushing products. Every rod in their lineup has a purpose. Within a few minutes of talking to the owner, you can easily understand their arsenal and, how personal you as a client are treated. They dont offer cheap, thoughtless products, but everything they put out is meticulously researched and developed before coming to its final stage. This is a company that pushes limits, delivers world class results, and is committed to their customers. Again, words are not enough. Try the Kyojin, try the Suzume, try the Zako, try them all! These are all top of the line products!!!
Response from the owner: Thank you for the generous review. We love what we do and try our hardest to do it well.
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