Adjustable Tenkara Line
One of the things I love about my Tenkara USA Ito is the zoom feature which gives you the ability to instantly lengthen the rod when you need a little extra reach. But I’ve always dreamed of and adjustable line.
Wouldn’t it be nice to instantly change your line from a 10 ft. to a 15 ft. without having to tie one more line or use loop-to-loop connections? I’ve been experimenting but haven’t quite gotten it to work the way I’d like yet. The idea goes like this:Two lengths of line overlap each other. At the tag end of each line, there is a slip knot that allows you to adjust the length of the line by sliding the knots toward or apart from each other. The knots lock so when a fish is on, it won’t extend the line.
I have found locking slip knots, but the problem is that they only work for softer materials or materials with texture (like rope). They won’t work with hard, slick fluorocarbon. So, either I have to find a knot that will behave the same way with a slippery material like fluorocarbon or will have to find another material to make the line from that will work with these knots (Dacron maybe?).
Anyway, I’m still experimenting. If anyone has any suggestions for knots or different materials for the line, please let me know.