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Topo Designs and Tenkara Rod Co. Bring Serious Style to the Water

Minimalist fly fishing meets maximum style with this new collaboration from Topo Designs and Tenkara Rod Co. This is how to look cool on the water.

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Tenkara fishing is rad, and it’s gaining popularity for the simple, minimalist approach. I have several Tenkara Rods, and to be honest, I could probably use a few more. This new collaboration may be one of my favorites.

If you aren’t familiar with Tenkara-style fly fishing, it’s essentially stripping the act down to the basics. You won’t find a reel on a Tenkara rod. The line attaches directly to the end of the rod. It isn’t about the long cast. This is more about the finesse and the simplicity of fly fishing. For me, it removes so many variables that I can lend more of my focus to the fly and try to create that perfect biomimicry.

OK, enough with the fishing jargon. Let’s check out this new Topo Designs x Tenkara Rod Co. Sierra Rod Kit ($250).

Tenkara Rod Co. x Topo Designs Collaboration

Topo Designs Tenkara Rod Co Collab

Tenkara Rod Co.

Tenkara Rod Co. makes compact, durable, turnkey rods that remove a bit of the mysticism of getting into the world of Tenkara. The Beartooth lives in my hunting pack for the occasional small stream I happen to cross. The Yari looks sick (and happens to be the first Japanese-made rod in the lineup), and I’m hoping to get it on the water this weekend once this runoff clears up.

Topo Designs

Topo Designs makes cool stuff. Actually, it might be a bit too cool for me. Known for bold backpacks, apparel, and accessories that are very popular with the hip outdoor crowd, Topo Designs is a big target for collabs. That being said, this collaboration with Tenkara Rod Co. is slick and right up my alley.

The Collaboration

Topo Designs x Tenkara Rod Co. Sierra Rod


  • Custom Sierra Rod
  • 10.5’ Carbon Fiber Soft Flex
  • 8 segments (20" collapsed length)
  • 11.25" handle
  • 2.8 oz.
  • Accessory Shoulder Bag
  • 100% 70-denier recycled nylon ripstop
  • Adjustable, removable shoulder strap
  • Internal pouch pocket
  • External zippered pocket
  • Leader Wallet
  • 100% nylon
  • Fully lined interior with foam padding
Topo Designs and Tenkara Rod Co. Bring Serious Style to the Water

Initial Thoughts

Tenkara Rod Co X Topo Designs
(Photo/Rachelle Schrute)

This kit comes out today, but I’ve had it in hand and was able to get it on the water this past weekend. It’s snappy and responsive, and aside from my uncanny ability to get the telescoping pieces stuck, it’s a slick little rod setup.

And I mean, look at it. It’s cool. This kit comes with everything you need to hit the river (but honestly, get into a local fly shop first and pick up some flies that will perform on your particular turf).

The kit actually comes with more than what is shown in provided stock image. Not shown is the Accessory Shoulder Bag, which could replace your chest pack for a minimalist adventure. It’s decked out with retro camo, which is all the rage right now, right?

Topo Tenkara
Topo Designs X Tenkara Rod Co. Shoulder Bag

When you look at what’s included, the price is pretty sweet. For $250, you’re getting a limited edition rod with all the required (and not necessarily required) accessories. If you want to score bonus points with Dad for Father’s Day, this is a good bet that won’t make you take out a loan. On the flip side, if you just missed Mother’s Day, try to regain some ground. Mom will love this.

Or, you can just buy one for yourself. I’m sitting here staring at mine while I write this, and I can’t wait to get it back on the water.

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