Tenkara Times Try 390 7:3 Rod
Sep09

Tenkara Times Try 390 7:3 Rod

Right out of the box, I knew the new Try 390 rod from Tenkara Times was a winner.  For one thing, I’ve reviewed several of their rods already and upon initial inspection, the overall quality seemed in keeping with the attention to detail and consistency I’ve come to expect from them. But it wasn’t until I fully extended the rod that the magic happened.   This 13 ft. (390 cm) rod was LIGHT!  Some rods are heavy on the...

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Bamboo Tenkara Rod Cases
Aug26

Bamboo Tenkara Rod Cases

Over the last four years, I’ve seen a lot of good tenkara products introduced to the market.  Good, but not unique. There’s been somewhat of a homogenization in the offerings of new gear companies flooding the market with “good” but almost carbon copies of rods and other gear that already exists.  In short, not many new products have been remarkable. Not so with the new bamboo tenkara rod cases from Flyfishing...

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Interview with Go Ishi
Jul25

Interview with Go Ishi

You may not have heard of Go Ishi, but you owe him a “thank you”.  He is a Japanese tenkara angler who has quietly been the “invisible hand” opening up a great body of tenkara knowledge to the English-speaking world. Ishi-san translated the English language version of Tenkara no Oni’s Tenkara World website, as well as my interview with Tenkara no Oni, and other tenkara resources.  Without his hard work,...

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3 Reasons to Fish Barbless
Jul20

3 Reasons to Fish Barbless

For over 20 years, I’ve been fishing exclusively with barbless flies.  And not just for trout–for bass, panfish, steelhead, salmon, and even saltwater fish.  In fact, even before I started fly fishing, I used to crimp down the barbs on my spoons, spinners, and crankbaits too.  Why?  3 simple reasons…   1.  Better Hooksets   A barb creates resistance that makes it harder for the hook point to penetrate....

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Tenkara Centre UK Seiryu Rod
Dec02

Tenkara Centre UK Seiryu Rod

  The Seiryu is actually the second rod I’ve field tested from Tenkara Centre UK.  I recently viewed their new Masu rod and while it’s a great rod with a specific niche action and a lot of nice finishing touches, I think of the Seiryu more as an all purpose workhorse.   Specs   Length: 360cm (12ft) Closed Length: 52cms (20.5in) Weight: 76.5gm (2.7oz) Sections: 9 Colour: Dark Olive Green Handle: 23cm (11in)...

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How to Choose a Tenkara Line
Jun19

How to Choose a Tenkara Line

  As Tenkara continues to gain momentum is the U.S., the number of choices in gear seems to have multiplied overnight.  In particular, many new line makers have appeared giving Tenkara anglers a wide range of choices in color, length, and tippet connection. A common question many people new to the sport have is which line is best.  In this post, I’ll outline some of the pros and cons of different types of lines to help people...

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