Japanese rod manufacturing process and how to choose

Until a Japanese rod is made
To make one Japanese rod, a total of less than 100 detailed processes are required. In addition, it takes 1 to 3 years for bamboo to grow, 3 years for it to be used as a material after it is collected, and about 1 month for it to be completed.

① Bamboo collection
Bamboo used in Japanese rods is selected according to the type and condition of the rod.
Bamboo includes 1-year bamboo, 2-year bamboo, and 3-year-old bamboo with different hardness, and the characteristics differ depending on the type and production area of the bamboo. In order to collect the best one from bamboo grove all over the country, craftsmen actually go to the site and sort the bamboo.


② Bamboo drying
WAZAO-IPPON rods are dried for more than 3 years after collection. This carefully removes the water contained in the bamboo, leaving only the oil in the plant. This oil is very important in making materials because it produces the strong stickiness that is characteristic of bamboo poles. Only after this process is the material for the Japanese rod completed.
* We also sell bamboo materials. Please contact us for details.

③ Bamboo sorting
Determine the thickness, length, hardness, and beauty, and combine a number of bamboos to make one Japanese rod. For example, in the case of a three-barrel rod, you may be able to adjust the feel to your liking by using different types of bamboo for the tip and the second and third rods. Finding the best one out of an infinite number of combinations is a miraculous task, but it's the craftsman who does it. In the case of WAZAO-IPPON's perfectly harmonious Japanese rod, it gives the illusion that it was the same bamboo from the beginning.

④ Production of Japanese rod
I finally got to the starting line of Japanese rod production. From here, the bamboo will be carefully processed over a period of about one month, and silk thread winding and lacquer coating will be applied to reinforce the strength. At this time, the most difficult work called "burning" is done. As a result, the strength of bamboo is greatly increased, and it evolves into a strong and supple Japanese rod. In addition, there are various painting methods for lacquer painting to improve practicality, which creates breathtaking beauty.

④ Making a Japanese rod

How to choose a Japanese rod that suits you
In order to choose the one that suits you, you need to choose what kind of fishing you want to do.

① Let's decide the style of fishing
The biggest difference is in the style of fishing.
・ For drop fishing using bait, select "Drop rod".
 Drop rod: Spatula rod | Tanago rod | Others
・ For throwing fishing using a hair needle or lure, select "Throwing rod".
 Throw rod: Tenkara rod | Lure rod | Other
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② Let's decide the field to use
After deciding whether it is a drop rod or a throwing rod, let's decide the length of the rod.
Basically, choose a rod that is shorter for narrower fields and longer for larger fields.
When choosing a spatula rod or tenkara rod, use 10ft as a guide.

③ Think about the condition of your favorite rod
After narrowing down to a certain extent, finally think about the condition of the rod. Imagine that the condition of a Japanese rod is similar to that of a glass rod. If you have used carbon so far, a harder rod will feel closer to you. On the other hand, it is the soft fishing rod that fully demonstrates the charm of the Japanese rod. If you are looking for a Japanese rod, choose a soft and sticky rod such as bamboo bamboo.

If you still get lost
If you are uncertain about choosing a fishing rod, it is important to value the design and intuition of the rod. The rod of WAZAO-IPPON becomes familiar to the body by loving it for a long time.
If you can't find a rod that meets your requirements, or if you can't choose a rod, please feel free to contact us.