Zen Outfitters Tenkara Lines
Feb08

Zen Outfitters Tenkara Lines

I’ve been testing some furled tenkara lines from Zen Outfitters. I’m really a level-line guy, but these seemed interesting to me so I thought they were worth a look. The first thing you should know about their lines is that they’re made of UNI thread (the same thread used to tie flies). This makes for a line that is much thinner and denser than other materials commonly used in furled lines such as nylon monofilament....

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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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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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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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To Knot or not to Knot?
Jan10

To Knot or not to Knot?

A reader recently asked me about the stopper knots on the ends of lilians (those red cords at the end of a tenkara rod where you attach the line). He said that some of the rods he purchased came with a knot and some didn’t. The question was if a knot is really necessary. Since I think other people might have this question, I thought it was worthy of a post. First, let’s clarify one thing. Whether a rod you bought came with a knot (1.)...

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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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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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