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Seiyu Therapy 33 rods are on sale through the end of 2023! Get one now for $130, plus some free goodies!
Click here to read one of the three  reviews about the Seiyu Therapy 33 rod.

For rod specs, click on the icon for the Seiyu Therapy 33 below.

All orders received Friday through Thursday are filled on the following Friday.

About ordering: Rods are made in small batches and go to clients first. If you see a rod for sale, it won't be here for long.

  1. All orders are filled personally by Tony, and as a result exact processing/shipping times cannot be guaranteed.

  2. All orders received Friday to Thursday are filled on the following Friday.

  3. Vermont sales tax of 6% is applied to all orders.

  4. Domestic (USA) orders include free USPS Ground Advantage shipping.

  5. For international (non USA) orders, a $40 flat rate is charged to cover one rod sent via USPS First-Class Package International Service. Unfortunately, we are unable to make adjustments to this cost regardless of location or provide reimbursements.


About the Seiyu Therapy 33 tenkara rod

The product of a successful Kickstarter campaign, this light, mobile, elegant and fun fishing rod is designed specifically for use in trauma therapy, while providing any angler with a superb and smooth tenkara fly-fishing experience while targeting small to medium-sized fish. Made with high-end Japanese carbon fiber and modeled after some of the developer's favorite Japanese-made tenkara rods, the Therapy 33 is a medium action, extremely light fishing rod which is guaranteed to be one of the favorites in your quiver.

Yin & yang

A dual-purposed and balanced design for outdoor therapists and any angler.

It began as a way for creator Tony Parmenter to enhance the use of tenkara fishing in the form of nature-based trauma therapy which he developed. Tony wanted a rod to be useful for his work (read the peer reviewed article describing it here), and also one that therapy clients would love to use as they continued to fish on their own. Distinct design specifications allow for a more streamlined and simplified connection to nature, and create a useful tool for health professionals who are integrating fly-fishing into trauma therapy. Besides the characteristics specific for therapeutic use, as a rod for anglers Tony required it to be simple, light, extremely mobile, and minimize any possible barriers. 

Tony is a US military veteran (USAF, OEF), tenkara enthusiast and EMDR Certified trauma therapist with a deep personal connection to Japan. Therapy 33 was meticulously designed - made with high quality Japanese carbon fiber to seamlessly blend therapeutic functionality with recreational sophistication. Drawing inspiration from and innovating upon characteristics of various Japanese rods, Seiyu Therapy 33 embodies the essences of simplicity, elegance, and fun. 

What about the design? It includes:

  • Blanks are constructed from Toray Carbon fiber, made in Japan.

  • Embedded line winders allow for smooth and easy mobility to and from points on the water (small enough to also slide a circular line spool over, if you wish, and they won't fall off or bunch the line!).

  • Strategically placed aesthetics to make it a more useful tool for professionals using it in therapy.

  • A versatile length, workable for streams and wider bodies of water.

  • Light as a feather (and lighter than most other rods in it's class)

  • A frickin' pretty design!

Photo by Andrea Crobu, @tenkaraitaly and @crobupics on Instagram

Tony Parmenter, founder & guide

Pictured with friend & supporter Amanda Hoffner, aka LadyTenkaraBum

Rod developer and creator of Therapeutic Fly-fishing with EMDR (TF-EMDR)℠

Tony Parmenter is a U.S. military veteran with deployment experience in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Southern Watch. He is a father, innovative trauma therapist, musician, and he splits his time between living in the foothills of Vermont's Mountains and in Western Tokyo, Japan. For guided fishing excursions, trainings, to discuss gear, or other things, click here. Read more about his work as a mental health counselor and trauma therapist here.

Picture on the left by Andrea Crobu of @tenkaraitaly

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