New Rods! Tanuki XL-1 and Nissin Zerosum 360 7:3

I got two new tenkara rods in August.

Tanuki XL-1

Tanuki XL-1
Tanuki XL-1 with a nice rainbow trout from a few days ago

I have the Dragontail Nirvana 400 rod. I like it well enough, but I’ve never loved it. It’s comparatively heavy in the hand, and I just can’t seem to consistently cast the thing well.

I’ve been thinking for months about which other 400 cm/13 ft rod to get. I tend to steer clear of Japanese rods because I’ve had bad experiences trying to get replacement parts for them in the past, but there weren’t really any rods from American companies that appealed to me—except one. Enter the Tanuki XL-1. Basically I was interested because of Tom’s review on Teton Tenkara. He said it feels light in the hand and casts really well. Perfect. After hemming and hawing for a few months (this isn’t a cheap rod), I finally pulled the trigger.

I’ve fished this rod only twice, but so far, it’s everything I hoped it would be. It casts like a dream. It’s a fantastic rod. That’s about all I have to say about it for now. I’ll have more to add in future videos or blog posts as I continue to use it more, so stay tuned.

Nissin Zerosum 360 7:3

Remember when I said that I tend to steer clear of Japanese rods because of how annoying it is to get replacement parts? Well, I came across a deal too good to pass up, and I ended up getting a used Nissin Zerosum 360 7:3. This is a premium Japanese tenkara rod. I got it in the mail just earlier today, so I haven’t fished it yet. But based on the very scientific method of wiggling it around in the hallway, it also feels wonderfully light. Can’t wait to get it out on the water.


And stay tuned because I have even more rods coming in September!

11 thoughts on “New Rods! Tanuki XL-1 and Nissin Zerosum 360 7:3”

  1. Jealous.
    Also looking forward to the upcoming videos.
    Will you still be fishing the Mizuchi on the smaller stuff, or is the Nissin a direct replacement?

    1. I’ll definitely still be fishing the Mizuchi on small stuff. I don’t see the Zerosum as a small stream rod. Thanks Andrew.

  2. With all the violence in the world today I wish writers would stop using phrases like “pull the trigger”. I really like your blog and YouTube Channel. Keep up the hood work. Be safe and take care.

  3. Really enjoy watching your videos ,recently purchased a 10ft rod (a cheap one) to give it a try,reminds me of fishing with a bamboo rod as a kid.Would a short 6ft rod fish the same has a long one . Looking forward to seeing your new videos

    1. Depends on the rod(s), of course, but in general, a cheap 6-foot rod will probably feel pretty stiff compared to 10-foot one. Thanks Everett.

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