The Pocket Mini is actually my favorite tenkara rod.
My tenkara has three components, Keiryu fishing which is simply mountain stream fishing, Honryu tenkara which is river fishing for big trout and non-fishing trips, which is my kit that is designed to sneak away into my bags so that if I find a fishing opportunity, I can fish.
Each portion of my kit has had many hours of thought go into it. I would list each project, but I try to keep these articles brief and it just takes a little searching to find everything in the CONTENTS section of the site.
These rods are designed for experienced tenkara anglers.
There are so many other compact rods to choose from that are well suited for beginners or casual users. Do not buy the Nissin rods if you are new to tenkara.
100% tenkara rods if you know what you are doing.
1. Portability: Firstly, the main design concept of Pocket Mini V3 was the portability. At that time all the portable keiryu rods were not compact enough to house in a Japanese standard sized bag, always the top part of the rods were out from the bag. Nisshin wanted the dependable fishing rod that we can put completely into the bag, and they launched the product development from there.
2. Action: Normally the rod action becomes stiffer if we make the rod with more number of the sections. Besides in case of the ultra-compact rod, folded length is only 25cm, this phenomenon become even more conspicuous. Designers have been very distressed to this part, but they finally made up very smooth first action 4.5m keiryu rod with surprising 25 sections with the technology and know-how Nisshin cultivated over the years. Also Nisshin made 25 rod sections fit into only 22.7mm base-diameter rod end with special technology of carbon mixing.
If you love tenkara and obsess on the idea of nesting rods. I suggest taking a look at the Tenkara Mini. There are a couple of different lengths to choose from. I choose the 3.6m for most of my tenkara fishing. I use the Mini V3 as a short rod and for a parts bin (just in case) but I have never broken one of these rods. The last time I fished mine was a few weeks ago and I hooked into several fish up to and over 18" I was able to land two. I had been invited to a wedding in Colorado that was on a lake where the owners had stocked trout and feed them regularly with trout chow. The trout were HUGE and I fished for them in my wedding suit. It was such a fun thing to do to pull the rod out of my pocket and in two minutes I was into super fat and healthy rainbow trout. One of my favorite non fishing trips turned into a fishing trip that I will never forget.
The Nissin Tenkara Mini is my absolute favorite tenkara rod.
It has made so many memories that it has created a new genre for my fishing. A completely different approach that is still in the same way I fish tenkara that actually helps with my regular tenkara. It is a practice in ULTRA-MINIMALISM in that I actually only use one fly and it works, everywhere.
It is my favorite rod by far however, it is not my first choice by any means. Not even close. If you are interested, the Gamakatsu Suimu EX 400 is and that is another story to tell.