Nissin Tenkara Line Spool
Oct07

Nissin Tenkara Line Spool

Tenkara line spools seem simple enough.  After all, they’re basically just spools.  And this might lead on to believe that they’re all pretty much the same.  But I’ve found that some actually better than others.  I’ve mostly been using spools from Tenkara USA and Leica and have been very happy with them but when I saw these Nissin line spools on eBay, the gear junkie in me just had to try them to see if they...

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Fuji Tenkara Rod Cap
Aug21

Fuji Tenkara Rod Cap

While fishing with some of the Japanese anglers the day before the summit, I found myself admiring a strange looking contraption at the end of Masami Tanaka’s tenkara rod. It was a clear plastic sleeve with a black strap around it. Much different than the wooden rod plug most of us in the West are familiar with (and sometimes curse for its unrivaled ability to go AWOL). I made a quick inquiry about it and went back to getting...

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Handmade Bamboo Tenkara Line Spool
Aug05

Handmade Bamboo Tenkara Line Spool

I’ve written before about some unique line tenkara holders such as the bamboo line holder I got on eBay and the wooden line spool Dr. Ishigaki donated for an auction at the Tenkara Summit and the moose antler line spool made by Chris Kulhow.  At the summit, I was able to add to my collection thanks to a gift from Masami Tanaka, one of the Japanese tenkara anglers who attended the event.  Tanaka-san makes his own line spools from...

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Sneak Preview: TraiLite Designs Stream Pack
May21

Sneak Preview: TraiLite Designs Stream Pack

  I just got word that the newly redesigned Stream Pack from TrailLite Designs will be available next week on the Tenkara Bum website.  If the name TrailLite Designs sounds familiar, it’s probably because you know them as the creator of the Ebira Rod Quiver–an ingenious tenkara accessory which happens to have been named by yours truly. The new design replaces the previous “sleeve” rod holders with cords...

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Tenkara USA Ayu Review
May09

Tenkara USA Ayu Review

  I’m not sure how it happened but somehow over the last two years I’ve been fishing the Tenkara USA Ayu, I haven’t done a review.  Maybe it’s because I’ve always considered it such an staple tenkara rod  that it was easy to overlook.  Sometimes, the most obvious things are the easiest to miss.  But, a review is long overdue.  And the timing is perfect since I recently got the latest version of the...

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Daiwa Soyokaze Review
May01

Daiwa Soyokaze Review

  While the Daiwa Soyokaze isn’t technically a true “tenkara” rod, any tenkara angler would immediately recognize a lot of familiar features. Telescopic blank? Check. Lilian cord? Check. No reel seat? Check. In fact, it’s hard to cast the Soyokaze and not consider it anything other than a “minature” tenkara rod. The Soyokaze line of rods is intended for a niche sport called micro fishing in...

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