3D Printed Tenkara Line Spools
Feb03

3D Printed Tenkara Line Spools

Another sign that tenkara is continuing to grow–we now have 3D printed line spools! Michael Hackney of The Eclectic Angler has been taking advantage of the latest in 3D printing technology to produce some really interesting tenkara line spools. Specs Diameter: about 50mm/slightly less than 2″ Center hole diameter: 20mm/.78″ Width between flanges: 5mm/.2″ With a wide range of colors (as well as color...

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Tenkara Line Spool Ergonomics
Jan08

Tenkara Line Spool Ergonomics

How many times have you been in the middle of winding your line on your spool, only to suddenly lose your grip sending your spool flying down the bank (or worse, into the river) and unravelling your whole line? This happens because most tenkara line spools are round (they are “spools” after all). I recently purchased a couple of new spools initially because of their aesthetics. But then I realized they both had design...

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Tenkara Pyrenees Line Spools
Dec26

Tenkara Pyrenees Line Spools

Most tenkara line spools I’ve tried have been either plastic or wood, so I was intrigued when I saw the spools from Tenkara Pyrenees that are made entirely of cork. I liked the idea since a.) it’s unique, b.) it floats, and c.) the entire spool is made from a material that lets you stick the fly anywhere you want–simplifying line winding process. The spool is a natural cork color with the Tenkara Pyrenees logo on one...

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Zen Flyfishing Gear Wood Tenkara Line Spool
Dec20

Zen Flyfishing Gear Wood Tenkara Line Spool

I’ve always been drawn to unique gear and have a special penchant for interesting tenkara line holders. I have a wooden line spool that I got at the Tenkara Summit that was handmade by Dr. Ishigaki’s friend. It’s gorgeous (see it here) but there’s one small drawback. The hole in the center is too large to carry on a tenkara rod (the rod slips right through). If it weren’t for this one detail, I’d...

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Snap-on Tenkara Line Holders
Nov15

Snap-on Tenkara Line Holders

In 2010, I introduced an on-the-rod tenkara line management system using EZ Keepers. At the time, I was really only trying to come up with a line storage solution for myself. But three years later, I now see pictures of people using EZ Keepers on their tenkara rods all over the internet so it’s pretty apparent that I wasn’t the only one looking for a way to store my line on the rod. I’m still amazed at how popular...

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Free Tenkara Line Spools Right Under Our Noses
Jul17

Free Tenkara Line Spools Right Under Our Noses

Did you know that when you buy the new  level line from Tenkara USA  you also get a free line holder?  Neither did I (and maybe they don’t either).  But since they’ve changed their packaging to include a new plastic spool design, I was curious to see if the wider diameter hole in the center of the spool would fit over the blanks of my tenkara rods.  And sure enough, it did! Many people have found great DIY sources for...

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Traditional Bamboo Tenkara Line Holder
Mar19

Traditional Bamboo Tenkara Line Holder

While I certainly appreciate the advances in technology that have allowed us to have high-performance fishing gear, I have always also had a fondess for rustic, traditional gear. There’s something special about traditional, handmade gear that I just can’t resist. It could be nostalgia, but I think for me, it’s more about aesthetics. Modern gear is mass manufactured and has no personality. The manufacturing process...

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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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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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Raji Leica Tenkara Line Spools
Apr16

Raji Leica Tenkara Line Spools

  Not too long ago, I posted about some Oni tenkara line spools I got from Japan.  I like them a lot but I also like line spools that have a metal bar inserted in the center for storing the fly.  On eBay, I recently found a spool that has the best of both worlds–a spool identical to the Oni spools but with the metal bar.       It might not seem like a big deal but I like being able to hook my fly on the metal bar...

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Tenkara Line Spools

Tenkara line spools make both long-term storage and moving from spot to spot more organized and convenient.    But just like every piece of gear, people will have their own preferences and demands. Today, we’re lucky to have a few different designs we can choose from to suit our individual needs.  In this video, I cover just a few different designs and where you can buy them. Tenkara Line Spool Retailers   Tenkara USA...

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Feeding the Tenkara Gear Addiction
Mar02

Feeding the Tenkara Gear Addiction

Today, I came home to a small stack of packages on my doorstep.  If you’re an unapologetic tenkara gear junkie like me, you know what such a site causes:  an adrenaline fueled, single-minded mission to find the closest box cutter.     Oni Tenkara Line Spools   The first package came from a friend in Japan who got me some Oni line spools.  These are common in Japan but nearly impossible to find in the U.S. right now....

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Moose Antler Tenkara Line Spool
Feb23

Moose Antler Tenkara Line Spool

  Today, I got my moose antler tenkara line spool hand carved by Chris from The North River Blog.  This spool is a work of art reminiscent of Dr. Ishigaki’s wooden line spool and I just wanted to share a few photos…If you follow my blog, you know that I have a deep appreciation for design and for unique tenkara gear.  When I first saw Chris’s idea to make a line spool out of antler, I just knew I had to have...

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20 ft. Furled Line & DIY Line Spool Mod
Feb20

20 ft. Furled Line & DIY Line Spool Mod

  Today, I got my long awaited Nissin Prosquare tenkara rod in the mail (review coming soon).  A friend in Japan who bought and sent the rod to me was kind enough to also include a 20 ft. furled line he made himself and one of his flies.  Thanks Eiji!  The line looks a lot like the horse hair tenkara lines I recently made, with different snoods knotted together.  After reading Daniel’s article on long line tenkara, I am...

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Tenkara Bum Line Spools
Jul28

Tenkara Bum Line Spools

Tenkara Bum is now offering their own line spools and I got my order for 3 of them today.  They’re essentially identical to the Meiho blue spools sold by Tenkara USA but are a shrunken down version. The smaller diameter would be good for a tenkara minimalist or the backpacker who wants the convenience of a spool with the absolute minimum in weight and bulk.   While the outer diameter of the spool might be smaller, the...

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Tenkara USA Line Holder Review
Sep03

Tenkara USA Line Holder Review

If you’ve been following this blog, you might know that I’ve been playing around with some different methods of line management for Tenkara lines.  I’ve tried more traditional gadgets such as aged bamboo line holders, cheaper solutions like foam spools, and even some outside-of-the-box ideas like adapting add-ons from the spinning and bait casting realm.  They all have merit to some degree but I have recently decided that the “blue...

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Bamboo Tenkara Line Holder
Aug02

Bamboo Tenkara Line Holder

While I appreciate (OK, drool over) innovation and technological advances, sometimes, tried-and-true traditional gear has a certain allure that I just can’t resist.  I recently posted about a tenkara line management system that is very practical and functional, yet lacks the quaintness and charm of what I got in the mail today–a pair of bamboo tenkara line holders that marry practicality with aesthetic beauty. These...

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