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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Floating Tenkara Line by Rigs
Dec31

Floating Tenkara Line by Rigs

While fluorocarbon has proven itself to be the ideal material for tenkara level lines, its density makes it sink.  When using subsurface flies, this is an advantage.  But when fishing dry flies or other techniques, it can be a real drag–literally.  Having the line underwater can prevent you from getting a drag-free drift or even pull a floating fly under (which always seems to happen at the perfectly wrong time).  An alternative...

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Tenkara Nymph Line by Rigs
Dec29

Tenkara Nymph Line by Rigs

When I first heard Rigs Fly Shop (a Tenkara USA dealer here in Colorado) was coming out with a new level line, I wasn’t really all that interested. After all, how much can you really innovate a level line? But when I first laid eyes on it, I knew it was something special. And when I first fished it, I got excited and knew it was unlike any other tenkara line I’d ever fished. Most tenkara level lines are nothing more than a...

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Painted Tenkara Level Lines
Dec08

Painted Tenkara Level Lines

An ongoing dilema I’ve faced has been line visibility.  If you’re using a furled tenkara line, then visibility is usually not an issue.  But if you use level fluorocarbon lines, you know that even the brightest line can sometimes be hard to see in different light conditions. I basically use two colors:  orange, and bright yellow.  Neither are 100% high vis all the time so I find myself switching between them based on the...

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How to Remove Line Twist in Tenkara Level Lines

Some rod manufacturers may cringe at me suggesting this tip to remove line twist when you’re winding your line on to the spool for fear of broken rod tips. But I have been using this technique for over two years and have never broken a rod. You just have to take the same care you normally do with any tenkara rod...

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Sempai Furled Tenkara Line & Yamakawa’s Tenkara Line Formula
Sep19

Sempai Furled Tenkara Line & Yamakawa’s Tenkara Line Formula

Over the weekend, I got a chance to field test a prototype line made by John Veterlli of Tenkara Guides.  It’s a hybrid line based off of a formula invented by master Japanese tenkara angler Eiji Yamakawa (a.k.a. “Eddie” on the Tenkara USA Forums).  While I’ve pretty much been fishing tenkara level lines exclusively over the last couple of years, this line made me reconsider tapered, furled lines…  ...

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Weight Forward Tenkara Lines
Sep08

Weight Forward Tenkara Lines

In tenkara, we talk a lot about level lines and tapered furled lines but there really isn’t much discussion on “weight forward” lines.  Yes, I do mean “weight forward” in the western fly fishing sense.  In fact, I had never even considered it until Tenkara Talk reader Tony Wee mentioned it in the comments section on one of my recent posts.  The concept intrigued me, so I had to give it a try.  And, I...

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