Hey all - I don't post this as a way to stir anything, or cause problems, but only because it was eye opening to me personally. It was something that I wasn't really aware of.
A Japanese cyber tenkara friend of mine posted a picture of a "non-tenkara" rod that he was modifying with a wrapped handle. I curiously asked him about it and an interesting little conversation developed. I'll share this below. He gave me permission to share it here. He wanted me to clean up the language - but I think it is perfectly understandable as is and I don't want to change any meaning accidentally. I think we can all appreciate the difficulty of translating back and forth from English to Japanese, and I'm sure we wouldn't hold anything against any errors or awkward language. So I'll present it as he wrote it.
Me: what kind of rod is that?
him: so-called "keiryu-rod".in Japan, there are so many kind of keiryu-rod,soft,hard,5:5,8:2or many.as so,not few of Japanese use keiryu-rods for tenkara.my rod is about 6:4 and bit soft type.
me: I have a Daiwa Soyokaze 24 SR that I like for very small brushy streams. I have thought about making some kind of handle for it.
me: I am trying to understand the way tenkara is in Japan. I want to make sure that I understand what you said. Did you say that many tenkara anglers use keiryu rods in japan? And if so what is the main reason? Is it cost compared to tenkara rods - or is it because of the variety of keiryu rods?
him: as my english wouldn't explain exact,so will write roughly,ok?#"many tenkara anglers" is not correct,"not few of tenkara anglers" is right. #some new to tenkara who have no knowledge about fishing would get a tenkara rods,coz there are rods for tenkara and text or some recommend so.it's easy way to start,I think so too.#keiryu rods have really a lot of variety,there are a lot of types much for tenkara method and much for feeling of each person or each persons rivers or fishes,as so some who particular to feeling choose or remodeling keiryu rods for tenkara and it's not difficult.#it's relate to the line.I think it's better than using tenkara rods if you use fluoro level line,but if use other lines,it's not sure.#cost.yes,it's cheaper than tenkara rods and keiryu rods can tenkara in fact.#tenkara rods didn't make tenkara,tenkara made tenkara rods.and as keiryu rods are standard in Japan,so not few people do tenkara with keiryu rod.#and just my thought,the rods named tenkara rods are only a kind of rod,so we can choose what we want to use.#now,tenkara is chained by the name tenkara,but tenkara is not done with tenkara rod & tenkara line & tenkara fly,the tools which can tenkara as well are tenkara tools.#tenkara is quite free on tools.#too long,sorry.using keiryu rods for tenkara is not so unnatural for Japanese anyway.
him: remodeled keiryu rods are able to see Japanese blog often.Masao Migeta or some tenkara anglers in old times also used.however if they live now,I don't know which rod they use.
Then he posted this picture and said "as evidence for just in case"
me: Is that a remodeled keiryu rod?
him: yes,keiryu rod attached bamboo handle.old gamakatsu keiryu.