Trekking with the Tenryu Rayz 68LML
As anyone who has seen my trips knows, I’m a huge short rod guy. I’ve owned many rods from 3’8” to 5’1” and really enjoying the rods in the 4’5” length. Though after many trips and many short rods, one of the things I’ve had trouble with is solid hook sets at distance.
After losing a couple of dandy fish recently I started my search for a longer rod as I equate most of my lost hookups due to a few things. Not enough backbone to set a hook in current, not enough backbone to control a fish in current, and not enough backbone to securely set a hook at distances over 30’.
In my quest I wanted a rod that was rated around 8g max, around 6’ long, something that would handle bigger fish but still be fun when I hooked into an average fish. I’ll be honest, the number of rods that that fit this bill is super small.
Most rods took me into the upper echelon JDM range at or above $650 for a rod. This is a level at which I’d love to handle one of those rods but I'm not willing to blindly purchase this level of rod.
This brings me to the Tenryu Rayz rods. There are several that fall into this range though several were overpowered for my target. I landed on the Rayz 68LML at 6’8”, Light Medium Light rated, 3-8lb line rating, 2-10g lure rating and made from 78% Carbon and 22% Glass. I took the leap. I own a Tenryu Rayz Spectra and have owned a couple of the casting rods from Tenryu so I knew I was getting quality plus fit and finish that I could expect.
A short few days and the rod arrived. That was a couple weeks ago, shortly after receiving another short rod that is now sitting in the corner. I spooled my Abu Revo MGXtreme with Sunline Small Game PE rated at 10lbs and use a Flourocarbon Leader at 8lbs. This allows me strength and great casting but gives the abrasion resistance for the rocks and wood I smack into.
Today was my 3rd trip out and I have logged over 14 miles on the water with this rod. It is everything I was expecting and more. It has plenty of backbone for those bigger fish and faster currents though has enough tip play that once you hook a fish the rod is an entirely new adventure.
I was able to pull fish from deep narrow currents where my short rods don’t excel and cover the small pockets with better angles and from further away - not spooking fish I had previously missed. Picking up 8” fish with ease and 16” fish with lots of fun and control, this rod covers a lot of area and is well worth its name Super Yamame.
I plan to fish this rod many more times and it may take an edge over my short rods for upcoming trips as it fills a niche that I have passed over time and time again.