Gear Test: Tenkara Rod Co. Beartooth

We’re out there finishing in alpine lakes with the Tenkara Rod Co. Beartooth, putting this tenkara fishing pole to the test.

Highlights of the Tenkara Rod Co. Beartooth

Initial Thoughts on the Tenkara Rod Co. Beartooth

The Tenkara Rod Co. Beartooth fishing pole is astounding in its simplicity — it’s such an easy tenkara rod to use. The small form factor and telescoping design make it an ideal backcountry fishing rod for lightweight backpackers.

I backpacked with this pole through Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains and had a blast fishing for trout in the alpine lakes and streams. I hardly ever fish while in the backcountry because I don’t want to carry an unwieldy rod and all of the gear I’d need. The Beartooth is the solution. The optional package supplies everything you need to get started. I highly recommend the full package to tenkara newbies.


Pros Cons
  • Small and lightweight package. Perfect for backpacking.
  • Thinnest segments are very fragile.
  • Exceptionally easy to use.
  • No clear indication of how big of a fish you can catch. Rod strength is unknown.
  • Sleek, well-thought-out packaging.

See the Tenkara Rod Co. Beartooth

Tenkara Rod Co. Beartooth package

What do you think of the Tenkara Rod Co. Beartooth? Have you tested it yourself? Share your thoughts in a comment below.

Arthur McMahon

Arthur loves to walk. It's as simple as that. He believes walking is the best way to experience the world. Thru-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail was his first backpacking foray, and he hasn't stopped since. Follow his adventures and stories on Instagram. Review Policy: We do not accept payments or gifts from brands and vendors, and strive to provide unbiased, independent advice. Brands typically provide review samples which we return, and in some cases we purchase the item so we can keep using it long after the review.

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