I had a guy show up on a lake I was fishing a couple weeks ago with a 13 1/2 foot Tenkara rod. I'd never seen one before, and he was cating fish left and right. I spoke with him a few minutes about it, and he let me try it out. I caught four fish in six casts (if that's what you call it anyway). Now I'm going to buy a 10 1/2 foot one and a 13 or 14 foot one for pocket waters.