Goture Tenkara – Budget Tenkara Rods
About a month ago I wrote an article introducing tenkara style fishing. In this article, I spoke briefly about a few budget tenkara rods. Since then I have written an article about the history of tenkara as well as a review of the DRAGONtail Shadowfire 365. However, I wanted to write an in-depth review on an even more budget-friendly tenkara rod from Amazon, called the Goture Tenkara Rod.
While Tenkara is considerably less expensive than western-style fly fishing, it’s nice to have a really affordable option if you are new to the sport or want a loaner rod. I believe the Goture Tenkara is the perfect fit for these situations.
Best Place to Buy: Amazon
My Rating: 8.5 out of 10
*Disclaimer, I purchased this rod from Amazon.com and paid full price. Neither Amazon nor Goture has paid me to make this review.*
After looking through all of the tenkara style rods that have been sold on amazon, I can confidently say that no other tenkara rod has more reviews than the Goture rod. Not even the big three, the three large US tenkara companies, have as many reviews on their rods. the Shadowfire 365 is the closest with 262 reviews.
This rod casts very well and has a great feel when a fish eats your fly. With that being said, it is different than other entry-level rods like the Shadowfire 365. I did have to keep reminding myself when reviewing this rod that It was $23 and the cheapest of the big three’s rods is $89.99.
If you have never fished tenkara and you have a small budget to see if you want to pursue tenkara fishing, this is a perfect rod.
Goture Tenkara – Pros
When using this rod you will find that the price and quality don’t match in a good way. At $22.99 the price can’t be beaten. I mean it would cost you the same to purchase a meal for one at a sit-down restaurant! Or you could fill up the tank on your Prius!
But besides the low purchase price, this rod also comes with 3 replacement tip sections! That’s a value of almost $23 right there!
On top of that, this rod has a surprisingly smooth casting action. It is on the stiffer side but not too stiff. You can definitely feel eats when fishing and trout 6-14 inches feel great! if you are catching smaller fish it’s not very responsive. I don’t have any experience catching fish bigger than 14 inches on this rod though.
This review is more centered towards the Red-Fox finish in a 12-foot length since that’s what I have but they offer 4 other colors and 9 different lengths with the longest being 24 feet long! Or if you need a really compact short rod you can purchase the 6-foot length for only $14.99!
Goture Tenkara – Cons
When dealing with budget tenkara rods there will be things that you don’t like. This is true for any budget item. With that being said, here are a few things that I dislike in the Goture rod;
Firstly, the handle. I really dislike the handle that comes on this rod. I really like cork handles or maybe a foam handle. Some rods even come without a handle and I think this is better than the handle that comes on the rod.
The handle is a plastic handle with a string weave/wrap on it. It gets a little slippery when wet making it hard to handle. The other thing is that it takes longer to dry than a cork or foam handle.
In addition to that, the handle is very small, making it somewhat uncomfortable to hold for long periods of time.
Another thing that bothers me is the fact that the lilian doesn’t rotate on the tip. In the past, I have found the lilian to wrap around the tip of the rod while casting, which can get annoying. I would like to point out that this is a feature that’s available on high-end rods and I’ve never seen it on rods at this price range, so I can’t be that disappointed about it.
Neither am I a fan of the cheap rod sock that the rod comes with. It is very cheaply made and offers very little protection. The tieing strings don’t seem like they’ll last long either. With that being said, you can easily purchase a better rod sock without breaking the bank, or you could make one if you feel so inclined!
Lastly, I was a little disappointed in the collapsed length of the rod. The overall length collapsed is about 28 inches long. This is considerably longer than most tenkara rods. For example, my DRAGONtail Shadowfire 365 is about 23 inches long. This is much smaller and is easier to pack around if backpacking or camping.
After pointing out these flaws, I would like to remind you, as I had to remind myself, that this is a $23 rod from China. With that being considered, these flaws are very inconsequential.
The Best Budget Tenkara Rods
After using this rod for some time, and reviewing its pros and cons, I would deem this the best budget tenkara rod. These rods are affordable, work great, and get you hooked on this amazing sport. This rod makes it possible for people to learn how fun tenkara can be without having to spend $150+.
There are definitely quirks in this rod but all in all, I would recommend it to anyone who would want to learn how to fish tenkara, or anyone looking for another rod to add to their collection.
If you are have already started tenkara, or you are looking for a rod that’s a step above the Goture rod, go check out my review of the DRAGONtail Shadowfire 365.
As always, if you have questions or concerns, or maybe you just want to say hi, please feel free to leave a comment or send me a message!
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