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ZEN'S HAPPY CUSTOMERS!

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

- Doug

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

Great Gear!

- Anonymous

The Sagi rod is the bomb!

- Anonymous

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

- Anonymous

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

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

- Matt, Colorado Springs

Loving the Zen experience

- Harold, Oregon

I really appreciate the incredible customer service.

- Tyson, CA

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

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

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

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

- Jim, CO

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

Own 3 of your rods!

- Tracy

F*ckin’ tremendous

- Burt

I'm sold on the rod and your company

- Frank, SC

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

- Richard, Denver

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 is committed to helping you find your balance on the water. Simplicity and functionality drive the innovative designs of our products, but we care equally about your experience on the water. Whether you desire the tranquility of a small stream or the high thrill of saltwater species, we're here to offer guidance and support. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for regular updates. Connect through our Zen Blog for stories and articles. And Subscribe to our monthly newsletter for tips, information sharing and Zen specials.

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
Ryan Spence
Ryan Spence
17:13 15 Oct 20
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.
Mark Cole
Mark Cole
23:31 08 Oct 20
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.
Matthew Komatsu
Matthew Komatsu
13:57 10 Sep 20
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.
Noah Larsen
Noah Larsen
22:24 08 Sep 20
Great products and great customer service!
Nick Girardi
Nick Girardi
14:14 03 Sep 20
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!
Phil Burden
Phil Burden
21:33 31 Aug 20
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!
Derek Smotherman
Derek Smotherman
03:19 29 Aug 20
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!
Britton Smotherman
Britton Smotherman
02:40 26 Aug 20
The customer service from Zen Tenkara is unparalleled. I recently broke a section of my Zako rod(which is an amazing and easy to use rod), TWO days before a long awaited fishing trip. The owner ended up overnighting a new section to me and completely saved the day!! I am a Zen fan and customer for life.
Evan Fischer
Evan Fischer
01:39 26 Aug 20
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!!
Meagan Braun
Meagan Braun
15:21 16 Aug 20
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!
Tom Mulvahill
Tom Mulvahill
01:00 14 Aug 20
These are the best Tenkara Rods and floating lines on the Planet! Great products, great service, great company!
Bob Miller
Bob Miller
20:51 11 Aug 20
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.
Aaron Estevez
Aaron Estevez
13:54 09 Aug 20
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!
Wendy
Wendy
22:01 08 Aug 20
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!
Patricia Stinner
Patricia Stinner
15:04 20 Jul 20
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.
Bruce In Denver
Bruce In Denver
14:42 18 Jul 20
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.
jay johnson
jay johnson
20:44 17 Jul 20
A great selection of rods. Professional and courteous customer service. Zen is a great company and Tekara fishing is just plain FUN!
Jay Baichi
Jay Baichi
20:34 17 Jul 20
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!!!
Adam Hanna
Adam Hanna
17:39 17 Jul 20

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