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Review of Tenkara Bum’s Tenkara Rod Cases

Tenkara Bum Rod Case Review

One of the favorite websites is run by Chris Stewart, aka the Tenkara Bum. Chris’s website is a huge compendium of fly fishing knowledge and I always come away with a couple of new things to try when I tie flies or I’m out fishing. I almost always carry a rod on my solo hikes in New Hampshire and Maine and I make time to fish many of the small rivers, streams, or brooks I come across in the mountains. It’s an extra challenge and it’s fun.

Tenkara rods are delicate telescoping carbon fiber rods that only weigh a few ounces and it can be a good idea to carry one in a protective case so it won’t break if you drop or fall on it. While many manufacturers include a protective plastic or carbon fiber tube with the rods they sell, they have screw-on caps that quickly wear out and are only designed to only carry one rod at a time. They’re also comparatively heavy: for instance, the case that Tenkara USA ships with their 12′ Iwana Rod weighs 6.2 ounces, while the Tenkara Bum case I carry it in weighs 2.5 ounces.

Tenkara Bums rod cases are unbreakable transparent plastic and don’t have screw-on caps.
Tenkara Bums rod cases are lightweight and transparent plastic tubes with push-on caps.

In addition to being lighter weight, you can adjust the length of Tenkara Bum’s cases so you can use them to protect different rods. They’re transparent so you can see whether you have a rod in them (always a good thing) and the cap slides down over the end, so there are no cap threads to wear out. They’re also available in larger diameters so you can carry or travel with multiple rods in one case.

Tenkara Bums threaded rod cases screw together to fit the exact length of your rod
Tenkara Bums threaded rod cases screw together to fit the exact length of your rod

Each case consists of a green cap and two threaded plastic tubes, which you screw together to match the length of the rod or rods you want to carry. Matching your case to your rod length is also handy in minimizing the rattling noise your rod can make inside when it’s lashed to the side of your backpack. One of the tube sections has two air holes than can be used to string a lanyard or help drain your rod if it’s still wet after use (although you should extend it, wipe it down, and dry it properly when you get home.)

Tenkara Bum’s rod cases are also quite inexpensive, costing $10 or $16 dollars each, depending on size.

This is significantly less than the replacement cases sold by Tenkara USA ($25) or DragonTail Tenkara ($23). Tenkara Rod Company does not sell replacement cases. So if you’re looking for a replacement case for a Tenkara Rod or want to upgrade your existing case to something lighter weight and more flexible, check out Tenkara Bum’s Tenkara rod cases. I think they’re great.

Disclosure: The author purchased the Tenkara Bum rod cases reviewed here.

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  1. These cases are great for carrying other items like Sven saws.

  2. I just use the rod sock that came with my Dragontail rod for all of my rods while hiking and find it provides enough protection for me. It’s fairly thick. I’ve worried about falls, etc but haven’t actually found it to be a problem (fingers crossed). I use the hardcases for air travel, etc for protection tho. And I recently got a fluorescent light tube cover from Home Depot with caps for something like $3 to try as a lighter case option to test as well, so that’s another alternative.

  3. It seems that you have the 12’ Iwana, but I am curious, sir……is it your favorite (i.e. most often carried) Tenkara? I am in the process of looking for a Tenkara…..primarily for backpacking, but also for Blue Ridge Mountain bikepacking adventures. I have gleaned a lot of valuable information from your site, so I value your answer/judgement. Happy Trails, sir.

    • I do like the Iwana quite a bit and carry it most of the time. It’s an excellent multi-purpose rod. For smaller streams with more vegetation, I use a Nissan Fine Mode 250 which I bought from Tenkara Bum, but he no longer sells. It’s a shorter rod. The Iwana is a little long for bikepacking…something to consider.

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