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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Otter Butter Line Dressing
Feb17

Otter Butter Line Dressing

  While there are a few companies out there that offer floating tenkara lines such as RIGS Adventure Company and Zen Outfitters,  sometimes, you just have your favorite line that you wish would float. The Eclectic Angler (the same company that brought us 3D-printed line spools) recently released a product called Otter Butter, that can easily be applied to any furled tenkara line to make it a floating line. The paste comes in a...

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The Bi-vis Hi-vis Tenkara Line
Jan25

The Bi-vis Hi-vis Tenkara Line

Tenkara level lines are so thin that, by nature, they’re hard to see. To combat this, manufacturers dye their lines in bright colors to make them more visible. But conditions can change throughout the day (and even from spot to spot) so rarely is one color trackable in every situation. It could suddenly become overcast, rendering a particular color invisible, or you could move to a spot with a lot of glare on the water or...

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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Amnesia Furled Tenkara Line
Sep03

Amnesia Furled Tenkara Line

Recently, I tried out some red Amnesia for a tenkara level line.  I was impressed with its high visibility, but not so much with the way it cast.  Being nylon monofilament, it isn’t as dense as the fluorocarbon level lines I’m used to fishing and didn’t turn over as well.  It casts, but you have to adjust your casting stroke.  In that post, John Veterlli of Tenkara Guides suggested using Amenesia to make a furled...

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Amnesia as Tenkara Level Line
Aug25

Amnesia as Tenkara Level Line

Not too long ago, I wrote a post about using Red Amnesia as a sighter for tenkara level lines.  Having fished it for a while now, I can say really like it.  The bright red Amensia is easy to see in all lighting conditions and makes it much easier to follow your fly and detect strikes.  But it got me thinking…why not try a full line made of Amnesia?  Today, I got a chance to put it to the test on the stream and here are the...

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