Tackle Week 2023: The best new fly-fishing rods, lines, waders, accessories and more


Best Pack Rod



Until now, reel-less tenkara fly rods were intended primarily for small trout. Enter the 13-foot six-inch Sagi. It has a powerful butt section, and the flex and strength to handle salmon, steelhead, northern pike, carp and bass. Roughly equivalent to a 7-weight, it can cast ultra-light tenkara lines as well as standard lines up to 40 feet in length. The rod collapses down to 25 inches, and comes with a spare tip, rod sock and travel case.

Learn more: Zen Tenkara, www.zentenkara.com