What You Need
- Rod, line, tippet, a few flies, nippers
- Rod: single or multiple lengths, telescopic
- Popular U.S. vendors: Tenkara USA, DRAGONtail
- Don’t need special flies — use whatever you want — but worth trying Tenkara flies
- Learn to Tenkara series from Tenkara USA
- Fighting big fish with Tenkara from Gink & Gasoline
- Complete Guide to Tenkara from Discover Tenkara
- Landing a big fish with Tenkara video from Tenkara Angler
- Line length: start with about same length of rod but can be any length, much longer + 4/5’ tippet (use the heaviest tippet you can get away with, I usually use 5x or 3x)
- Don’t break the tip! Easy to do. To open, hold close to the opening and pull out each section, put line on before extending it out
- Line to rod: loop to Lillian or Tenkara “one knot” to Lillian
- Line to tippet: tippet ring/swivel to tippet or “one knot” (double fisherman’s knot) for tippet and figure-8 knot for level line
- Casting: hold with index finger on top, and end of handle; up to 12 o’clock and forward to 10, quick motion; need quicker snap for level line
- Best for dry fly fishing: dead drift, pulsating, pause and drift, pulling
- Landing fish: rod at 45 degrees or higher and angle back then grab line, keep arm close in to body and hand line it in and net
- Lightest presentation ever, great for dry flies
- Furled lines: traditional, easy to cast, not great for wind, can get wind knots and twisted up easily, sinks over time and needs treated.
- Tapered Nylon: easy to cast, good float and presentation, good starter line; tippet ring,
- Sinking Line: I’ve only used one from DRAGONtail with swivel, extra long length, works well with small streamers, nymphs
- Level Line: Cut to any length, low drag drift, little memory, doesn’t twist up, a bit more work
- Tenkara flies with reverse hackle are hard to tie on with some knots; I use the Tenkara “one knot” which is basically a double loop slip knot. Simple.
- I use this same knot for level line to rod and line to tippet and it’s very strong.
- The idea of using just a couple of flies and varying techniques is very liberating, and I’ve caught just as many fish doing this as with trying to match what’s in the water.
- A long Tenkara rod is a good way to try Euro nymphing
- Use whatever fly you want, including dry/droppers. The main thing I’ve found is that I can generally get better presentation with Tenkara
- Be wary of moving from place to place: this is where you risk breaking that tiny end segment and getting your line all twisted up. Consider a line holding solution for your rod