Here Are Some Highlights:
- Short Collapsed Length that will fit in a common backpack, motorcycle compartments, small enough to strap on bike frames, or fit in your airplane carry on bag. Small enough you can easily bring it with you anywhere you go.
- Multi-Length Zoom Rod so you fish it fully extended in open casting areas or zoom it down one length when casting area is overgrown and tight. It casts awesome in both lengths.
- Medium-Soft Action With A Hint Of Fiberglass. Most tenkara pack rods are stiff due to so many sections, so we added just the right amount of glass in certain sections to make our pack rod cast like a dream.
- Light Weight so you can cast it all day with very little fatigue and save weight in your ultra-light backpack.
- IT IS FUN! We have taken this rod to a few fly fishing expos and everyone just loves casting it. Although it will handle a decent sized fish, it is just the right action to make the little mountain trout plenty of fun to catch.
Kaida Pack Rod Specs:
Collapsed Length: 45.4cm (17.875in) - This is a pack rod not a pocket rod.
Extended lengths: 286.34cm (9.396ft), 319cm (10.46ft)
Weight (with out tip plug or cap): 70 g (2.5 ounces)
Rod Tube Length: 19 inches
CCS/RFI: 14 pennies/4.9, 16 pennies/5
Tippet Rating: 4x
This rod will work great with light level lines (size 3 or 3.5 work best), most furled lines, tapered lines, and our light PVC line. Casting is effortless with this rod. The action would be considered a 6:4. It is softer than the popular Mizuchi rod but not near as soft as the fiberglass hybrid FoxFIRE rod.
This rod will cast most flies from weightless to bead head nymphs. It is probably not a great rod for nymphing due to its softer action, the Mizuchi rod would be better for that. It is however excellent for soft presentation of weightless flies and is a hoot on smaller fish while still handling a little bigger fish just fine.
Although it will handle a 16 inch trout or bigger, I would use it in places where the trout are commonly smaller than 14 inches. It would also be a blast on a bluegill pond.
While this is an awesome pack tenkara rod, it is also a great rod length and action for kids to learn on. And with our parts being readily available at a low price, accidents kids may have with the rod are not as big of a stress.
What does the name "Kaida" mean?
Kaida means "Little Dragon" in Japanese. We felt like this name is so fitting for a short rod from our DRAGONtail brand. We got the idea when we were running a contest to come up with a rod name for our fiberglass tenkara rod that ended up being called the "FoxFIRE". A name that was suggested by Jay Pacheco was "Kaida Glass", I am kindof glad it didn't win the poll (find the poll here) because I wanted to use if for the backpacker rod we were still in the progress of fine tuning prototypes for at the time. Now you know the story of the name, we love that it came from a member of the tenkara community and we think you will love this rod.
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