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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