At 13 feet (390cm) and with a much stronger spine than your average tenkara rod, the HELLbender is purpose-built for big water and bigger fish. The extra length makes it easy to handle longer lines while the stiffer, faster-action blank helps throw weighted flies, nymphs or even streamers. DRAGONtail recommends this rod for anglers who are targeting bass or trout in the 16-22" range or larger. While it is designed for larger quarry, the HELLbender has a sensitive touch and small fish are still fun to catch. The zoom function allows the rod to be fished at 11.3 feet for added versatility in tighter locations.
The rod is rated for tippet size up to 3x but we use 4x tippet most of the time with it. The grip is made of high-quality cork and features a double-hump shape that is comfortable to hold in a wide range of hand positions. The rod blank is matte black carbon fiber with subtle green accents that add style without reflecting the sun and alerting fish of your presence. The Oudachi deep nymphing line is a great match for this rod. If you're targeting larger fish or just want a versatile tenkara rod that can cover a wide range of conditions, the HELLbender is a great choice!
- Zoom Rod lengths: 13ft-11.3ft (390cm-340cm)
- 7:3 action
- Rod Weight: 3.6 oz
- High quality carbon fiber
- Collapsed rod length: 24 inches
- Handle length: 12.25 inches
- 8 segments
- Matte Black finish
- Hard Storage Tube: 26 inches