Strike Detection Tips for Tenkara
Aug28

Strike Detection Tips for Tenkara

Today, I got an email asking a question I get so often, that I thought it was worthy of a blog post:  “I’m using sakasa kebari and having a hard time telling when a fish takes my fly. How can I tell?”  The question came from an experienced western fly angler that knows how to read water and has no problem seeing the take with western style dry flies, but wants to use more traditional sakasa kebari and is struggling a...

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Western vs. Tenkara Casting:  The Grip
Mar19

Western vs. Tenkara Casting: The Grip

  In a recent post, I wrote about how the path of the rod tip in tenkara differs from western casting.  In order to achieve the right angle, it’s important to use the right grip.  Western anglers coming to tenkara might be tempted to use the same grip they alway have with their thumb on top of the rod; however, this will make it difficult to cast a tenkara rod well.  Let’s look at the differences between the typical...

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Western vs. Tenkara Casting:  Different Strokes
Mar17

Western vs. Tenkara Casting: Different Strokes

  A lot of people that come to tenkara are already western fly anglers familiar with the 10 O’clock/2 O’clock casting stroke.  While this may be a comfortable casting style, it doesn’t really translate well to tenkara and some wonder why they can’t cast a tenkara rod well with their normal casting style.  There are some fundamental differences between western and tenkara casting that one should be aware of...

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Understanding Tenkara Level Lines
Feb17

Understanding Tenkara Level Lines

There seems to be a fair amount of confusion among tenkara newcomers when it comes to level lines. People talk about level lines in terms of “lb. test” or “breaking strength” and people don’t seem to get the rating system used in tenkara so I thought I’d make a post to clear it up and hopefully shed some light on this mysterious line rating system.   Test vs. Diameter First things first.  It is...

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A Tenkara Gear Checklist:  What you Need and What you Don’t
Sep14

A Tenkara Gear Checklist: What you Need and What you Don’t

If you’ve decided to get into tenkara fishing, you’re probably wondering what gear you need to get started.  The answer will be a little different for people who have fly fishing experience and already have some gear they can apply vs. people completely new to the sport who are starting from scratch.  But the good news is that in either case, you only need very little gear to start tenkara fishing. In this post, I’m...

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A Beginner’s Guide to Tying Tenkara Flies
Aug13

A Beginner’s Guide to Tying Tenkara Flies

One of the questions I get asked most often is what one needs to start tying tenkara flies. The first thing I tell people is to NOT buy a fly tying kit. Kits are a perfect waste of money with just the right combination of wrong-sized feathers, useless colors of materials, and unnecessary tools. While they are marketed as money savers, they actually waste your money by making you buy things you’ll never use and end up spending...

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Why Every Beginner Fly Fisher Should Start with Tenkara
Jul09

Why Every Beginner Fly Fisher Should Start with Tenkara

I headed over to my local fly shop today to pick up some hooks and there happened to be a fly fishing class going on.  While I was scouring the hook wall trying to find some #16s, I was eavesdropping, listening to what the instructor was saying.  And it was painful. The “class” listened in a zombie-like stupor as the instructor spouted off all kinds of statistics, formulas, complex vocabulary, measurements, numbers, facts...

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Video: How to Connect a level Line to your Tenkara Rod

In my last post, I wrote about how to choose a tenkara fly line.  Many people had questions about how to attach a level line to their Tenkara fly rods so I thought it would be helpful to post a quick video on it so here it is.  I hope this helps:   If you’re not using level lines, here is a video on how to connect a traditional furled Tenkara line to your...

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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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How Easy is Tenkara?  Ask a Beginner!
Aug23

How Easy is Tenkara? Ask a Beginner!

Meet my wife.  Her name is Guadalupe.  She’s from Argentina.  She’s never fly fished before.  In fact, she’s never even fished a day in her life.  I took her out to the Roaring River below the alluvial fan in Rocky Mountain National Park, put a Tenkara USA Ayu in her hand and gave her some basic instructions.  In an hour, she landed 3 trout and missed two-not bad for someone who has never touched a fishing rod before...

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How to Attach and Detach a Tenkara Fly Line

How to Attach and Detach Your Tenkara Fly Line from Jason Klass on Vimeo. To a Western fly angler who is used to a nail knot or handshake connection (loop to loop) to connect their leader to their fly line, connecting a Tenkara fly line to the rod can seem a bit baffling.  Here’s a quick demonstration on how to connect a Tenkara fly line to your new Tenkara fly rod....

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