1. Tenkara rods telescope, and some can extend to nearly 15 feet. With a base length of less than 2 feet, they're great for packing into tight headwaters. "Use the longest rod you can," says Daniel Galhardo, owner of Tenkara USA. The limiting factor is how much canopy might impede the cast, not overall length. "You'll quickly get used to the length, and you'll want the line control."