Nissin SP Pro Tenkara Line
May06

Nissin SP Pro Tenkara Line

Every time someone asks me to try out a new tapered tenkara line, I always say the same thing: “I’m a level-line guy”. But, because of my STGA (“Severe Tenkara Gear Addiction), I always accept, and am always reminded of how easy tapered lines are to cast. So when Chris Stewart of Tenkara Bum asked me to try out the new Nissin SP Pro line, it was the same old story. The SP pro is a multi-strand fluorocarbon line...

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Fujino Tenkara Line
Apr07

Fujino Tenkara Line

A couple of weeks ago, Chris Stewart from Tenkara Bum told me about a new line he was thinking of carrying. It was a nylon tapered line similar to those used in conventional fly fishing. This type of tapered line is nothing new in tenkara. There are many tapered nylon lines available today such as the Fujino Soft Tenkara that I’ve already reviewed. But two things intrigued me about this one: First, it was a “hard”...

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Dennis & the Amazing Technicolor Dream Line
Feb08

Dennis & the Amazing Technicolor Dream Line

I went fishing with Dennis Vanderhowen a couple of days ago. I usually don’t pay much attention to the gear my fishing buddies use, but something caught my eye as I turned my head to see where he was upstream–his line. Tenkara lines are notoriously difficult to see–both on the stream and on camera. But I could see Dennis’s line from many yards away. What was it? When I met up with him, I discovered it was a...

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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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