Moonlit Flyfishing Oudachi Tenkara Line
Nov22

Moonlit Flyfishing Oudachi Tenkara Line

  I’ve tried many furled tenkara lines and most of them are pretty similar: a single-material, single-color, line that tapers from butt to tip. But the new Oudachi line from Moonlit Fly Fishing is a whole different animal. The Oudachi is billed as a “nymphing” line and I’d say that’s accurate.  First, rather than a consistent butt-to-tip taper, this is a “weight forward” line, similar to...

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Zen Fly Fishing Gear Hybrid Tenkara Line
Jul14

Zen Fly Fishing Gear Hybrid Tenkara Line

I’m always interested in unique tenkara line designs and materials. Recently, a new line from Zen Fly Fishing Gear caught my attention. At first, it didn’t look like anything special. It was labelled “level line” on their site so I assumed it was just another orange fluorocarbon level line. But after Karin Miller from the company explained it to me, I realized these were anything but your typical “level...

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Moonlit Fly Fishing Katana Tenkara Line
Jul07

Moonlit Fly Fishing Katana Tenkara Line

I’ve recently been testing out a new furled tenkara line design from Moonlit Fly Fishing called the “Katana”. Normally, furled lines don’t really appear on my radar because many of them are so similar. Sure there are different tapers and materials, but for the most part, empirically, they feel the same to me. But I discovered the Katana is definitely a different animal thanks to a few unique design elements....

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Fujino Tapered Tenkara Line
May15

Fujino Tapered Tenkara Line

When I first started tenkara, I fished furled, tapered lines because they were easy to cast. The turnover was very good and loaded the rod well. But they are typically “heavy” and difficult to keep off the water when you want to make a good dead drift presentation. Eventually, I “graduated” to level fluorocarbon lines which were much lighter and easier to keep off the water. They made a great presentation, but...

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The Dark Side of Tenkara Lines
May03

The Dark Side of Tenkara Lines

I can’t remember who it was, but a long time ago, someone sent me this furled tenkara line. It’s made of black and dark green strands of thread. For months, it sat shunned on my desk because my first reaction was, “I’ll never be able to see it!” After all, every discussion I’ve ever seen about tenkara line visibility has always revolved around color, and usually about brighter colors. The takeaway...

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Calcutta Ultrabraid Tenkara Line
Apr20

Calcutta Ultrabraid Tenkara Line

While I use fluorocarbon level lines for 99% of my fishing, I always like to experiment with different materials to see what applications they might have for tenkara. Last year, I wrote a post about using Cortland braided mono running line and many people seemed interested in it. However, I recently discovered that that line is being discontinued (rule: if it’s good, it will be discontinued). Luckily, I recently got a small...

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Sunline Tornado Tenkara Line
Jan22

Sunline Tornado Tenkara Line

I recently got a spool of Sunline Tornado fluorocarbon line from The Tenkara Times in size #2 (o.235mm). When I first started fishing tenkara, I preferred a #4 line. Then, as my casting got better, I started using lighter lines such as a #3. I liked the way a lighter line was easier to keep off the water and make more delicate presentations. Over the last few months though, I’ve been using #2.5 lines from Tenkara USA and really...

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New Titanium Lines from Tenkara Times
Dec01

New Titanium Lines from Tenkara Times

Say that 10 times fast! A while ago, I wrote a post about a titanium line I got from Tenkara Times (click here for that review). In case you missed the memo, titanium lines slice through wind like a lightsaber through butter making them an excellent choice when the gales make it nearly impossible to cast with conventional lines. Last month, the company updated their line with a new titanium alloy that is 30% lighter than their...

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RIGS Updates their Nymph & Floating Tenkara Lines for 2014
Nov14

RIGS Updates their Nymph & Floating Tenkara Lines for 2014

When RIGS fly shop introduced their floating tenkara line and tenkara nymph line last year, they answered the prayers of many tenkara anglers who fish outside the “tenkara box” that were craving specialty lines.  The floating line made from an actual PVC running line (same stuff your regular fly lines are made of) was a godsend for those who like to fish dry flies, while the hand-tied, tapered fluorocarbon nymph line was...

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Silk Tenkara Line
Oct20

Silk Tenkara Line

The first thing I think of when I hear “silk fly line” is bamboo. Some say that there is no smoother combination than a bamboo rod and silk line. And since the action of tenkara rods is often compared to bamboo, it would seem like silk and tenkara would go hand in hand. After my recent field tests of the new silk tenkara line from Moonlit Fly Fishing, I can tell you that they certainly do. Performance The first thing I...

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Braided Nylon Level Line for Tenkara
Sep07

Braided Nylon Level Line for Tenkara

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about using Cortland braided nylon level line for tenkara. I liked how it cast in my backyard, but hand’t had it on the water. That is, until today. And the verdict is in… While it seemed to be a pretty a good candidate for tenkara, I had some questions that I couldn’t answer in the backyard. Would it float or sink? Would it spray water and scare fish? Will it sag and create drag on...

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Cortland Braided Mono Running Line for Tenkara
Jul27

Cortland Braided Mono Running Line for Tenkara

While there are plenty of tenkara lines I really like, when the opportunity presents itself, I will always jump at the chance to try out something new.   I’ve cast everything from dental floss to dacron in search of the perfect line, and have always found myself coming back to fluorocarbon tenkara lines because of their durability, versatility, and ability to cut through the wind.  So when Tenkara Talk reader Mike W. sent me...

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Sunline FC Sniper BMS Line
Jul01

Sunline FC Sniper BMS Line

Hello.  My name is Jason and I’m a level line addict.  So when Gary, a Tenkara Talk enabler reader offered to send me some Sunline Fluorocarbon Sniper BMS line, how could I refuse?  Even though there are already plenty of good fluorocarbon lines out there, I love to try out as many as I can in the interest of being able to provide the best advice to tenkara beginners.  Here are my brief thoughts on this line. The unique feature...

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Tenkara USA Pink Level Line
Jun10

Tenkara USA Pink Level Line

  A while back, I wrote a review of Tenkara USA’s “new” yellow line.  It was supposed to have less memory and be more visible than the company’s previous level fluorocarbon lines (and it was).  But Tenkara USA recently came out with a new line of lines that is supposed to be even better (and it is).  Here’s my quick review… For about the last 3 years, I’ve been searching for a level line...

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Does Tenkara Line Visibility Matter?
May21

Does Tenkara Line Visibility Matter?

If you’ve been following tenkara for any length of time, you’ve probably seen some discussion on line visibility.  For traditional, furled tenkara lines, this isn’t really an issue.  They’re pretty thick and are often brightly colored so they’re almost as easy to see as western fly lines.  But for the thinner, fluorocarbon lines many tenkara anglers prefer, it’s a different story.  Not only does...

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Tenkara Line Length
Apr25

Tenkara Line Length

If you’ve fished tenkara for any significant amount of time, at some point, you’ve probably run into a situation where you wished you had a line that was either longer or shorter than the one you had on.  But since tenkara is fixed line fishing, you can’t adjust line length as you would with a reel.  Luckily, the connection between line and rod in tenkara allows lines to be switched out easily, allowing you to adapt...

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Titanium Tenkara Line
Apr09

Titanium Tenkara Line

That’s right.  Titanium.  As in the metal.  Believe it or not, some tenkara anglers in Japan use lines made of thin titanium wire instead of fluorocarbon or nylon.  This might seem strange, but titanium lines have some interesting properties that give them some distinct advantages.  I recently got to try out a titanium line that will soon be offered by Tenkara Times and here are my impressions.  Let’s start with a basic...

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Tenkara Level Line Conversion Chart

Japanese RatingMetric DiameterEnglish Diameter #20.235 mm0.009" #2.50.260 mm0.010" #30.310 mm 0.012" # 3.50.3175 mm0.0125" #40.330 mm0.013" #4.50.3556 mm0.014" # 50.370 mm 0.015" Math is definitely not my strong point but I did a little to try to answer some questions I’ve been getting about the Japanese line rating system for fluorocarbon level lines and what it translates to in diameter. Please note:  lb. test is irrelevant....

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Yamatoyo Tenkara Level Line
Feb04

Yamatoyo Tenkara Level Line

I recently had a chance to field test the new Yamatoyo level lines available from Tenkara Times.  There has been a proliferation of fluorocarbon lines on the market over the last few years–especially good ones. And this line is no exception. When the new yellow level lines came out from Tenkara USA, I was one of the first to write about them.  I was really impressed with how little effort was required to remove the memory that...

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A Simple System for Marking & Identifying Tenkara Level Lines
Jan07

A Simple System for Marking & Identifying Tenkara Level Lines

If you’re anything like me, you’ve accumulated a bunch of level lines that live in anonymity.  You’ve long forgotten the size and have no idea what the length is.  And they all start to look the same after a while. Rather than getting the micrometer and measuring tape out every time you uncoil a mystery line, here’s a simple system you can use to instantly identify any level line’s length and diameter....

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