13ft – 11ft (390cm – 340cm) 7:3 action zoom rod (our premium big fish rod)
This rod has great balance for a big fish rod and a strong action for controlling fish, it also still works great for little fish. If you are just getting into Tenkara, you might consider this rod if you are concerned about handling larger fish but also want to use the same rod on small streams with smaller fish.
Made with a higher grade of Carbon Fiber than most rods near its price range.
HELLbender Rod Specs:
- Zoom Rod lengths: 13ft-11.3ft (390cm-340cm)
- 7:3 action
- Rod weight: about 3.3 oz
- High quality carbon fiber IM12
- Collapsed rod length: 23.8 inches
- Handle length: 12.25 inches
- 8 segments
- CCS/RFI: 29.5 pennies/ 5.4 RFI, 32 pennies/ 8.2 RFI
- Rotational Moment: 7.8 (at the long length)
- Tippet Rating 3x (although many experienced anglers use up to 2x tippet)
- Matte Black finish
- Hard Storage Tube: 26 inches
The HELLbender is a great Tenkara rod for those chasing bigger fish when you don’t want to cast a very heavy rod or a super long rod. The 13ft length gives you good leverage and the 7:3 action backbone to control the fish. We made this rod with a higher grade of carbon fiber to keep the weight down but still keep the rod strong. I would recommend this rod for Tenkara anglers who fish waters with decent size bass or trout in the 16in – 22in or even bigger if you have the skills for it. This rod is rated for tippet size up to 3x, I generally use 4x tippet most of the time with it. If you are chasing bigger fishing on Tenkara you might read this article on fighting big fishing on Tenkara.
The HELLbender is a Zoom Rod that fishes at both 13 feet or 11 feet. This allows you to use this rod on smaller or tighter streams as well as the big water areas. This is a also great rod for casting weighted flies & nymphs. It is also a great rod for getting started with Tenkara if you want a rod that can handle bigger fish but still great for the small fish as well.
The HELLbender has a cult following in the Warm Water Tenkara regions and is an excellent Tenkara rod for taking on large and small mouth bass.
Some suggested lines for the HELLbender rod for best performance are our Moonlit Tachi Line, Bushi, Shogun, or the Oudachi nymphing line. If you decide to go with Level Line, the size 4 Level Line works best on the HELLbender Tenkara rod.
The matte black color keeps the rod from reflecting the sun and possibly alerting the fish of your presence. Despite being matte black, this rod is very appealing to the eyes and has a quality finish.
Mike Agneta of Troutrageous!: “This has become my big fish rod of choice. It’s a zoom rod, but I pretty much fish it at it’s fully extended length at all times. It tosses streamers like beadhead woolly buggers and Clouser minnows extremely efficiently. When I know there’s a chance to hook a nice sized bass, I bring this rod.”
You can read his blog at www.troutrageous.com
Nick C.: “Loving my hell bender!! I broke my previous rod on a 24 incher before I got the hell bender but this one can turn these bad boys in the strong current – a few pics of my escapades – that’s a 24″ net. Fly fishers on the bank doubted I could land these fish from the bank with a fixed line until they saw it for themselves.”
Amazon Customer Sherrods92: “I was looking for a tenkara rod that I could use in warmwater for bluegill and the occasional bass. I typically used a three and five weight standard fly rod when chasing these. The Hellbender has picked up and taken over this role now. The advantage it has in a kayak is that I can cast it one handed leaving the other hand free for paddling the kayak. I’m using the Bushi line it came with and it can cast a size 10 popping bug with a size 12 nymph tied behind it on a dropper rig no problem. I suspect it could cast heavier flies than that but I haven’t stretched it that far yet. Great rod and tube, loads of simple fun the way fishing was when I was a kid.”