Tenkara Memes, Round 3
Apr15

Tenkara Memes, Round 3

It’s time for a third round of tenkara memes. In case you missed them, the first one was here and the second one was here.  Just having a little fun and hope you get a chuckle out of them.                      ...

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Stream Cred
Apr14

Stream Cred

More years ago than I care to admit, I worked in a fly shop that catered to a pretty mixed bag of characters. On any given day, anyone from Barbour-clad Bogdan reel collectors, to redneck bait chuckers could walk through the door. It was during a time I consider to be the pinnacle of fly fishing snobbery (even more so than today), so you can imagine that there was a bit of a “caste system” among our clientele. It was still...

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Mismatching the Hatch
Mar27

Mismatching the Hatch

As a beginning fly tier, one concept was thoroughly drilled into my brain by the cronies at the local fly shop: match the hatch. The “goal” of fly tying was to imitate specific species of insects and the more realistic the fly was, the better it was. It made perfect sense. The trout are eating something that is this particular color, is this certain size, and has this many tails. Why wouldn’t I want to imitate it if...

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Tenkara Centre UK Hayase
Mar16

Tenkara Centre UK Hayase

Tenkara Centre UK just released a new tenkara rod named the Hayase (which means “swift current” in Japanese). The new rod is the flagship premium rod in the company’s lineup and in addition to being constructed of higher modulus graphite for added strength and accuracy, also features some hardware upgrades that set it apart from their other models. Specs Length: 12ft (366cm) Closed Length: 22.5in (56cm) Weight: 69gms...

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New Oni Rods Specs & Prices
Mar10

New Oni Rods Specs & Prices

  I just got an email from Team Oni with the specs for the new 2014 Oni rods! There are three models with different actions designed for advanced casters, beginners, and even children. The big news is this year, there is a dramatic reduction in price. The top end rods are now only $271 USD and the beginner/children’s rod is $242. That puts them well below many high end mass-produced Japanese tenkara rods. Below is an image...

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The False Casting Fallacy
Mar08

The False Casting Fallacy

Whether out of habit carried over from a fly fishing background, or from some ill-gotten advice, I tend to see a lot more false casting being used by tenkara anglers than I would expect. False casting is necessary in conventional fly fishing because you need to shoot line. So, you use false casts to build momentum and launch out lengths of line until you have the distance you need, then drop the line on the water. But since tenkara is...

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Maribou-bodied Sakasa Kebari
Mar07

Maribou-bodied Sakasa Kebari

The more I fish tenkara the more I’m starting to think about flies in terms of “paradigms” rather than “recipes”. Instead of specific patterns like an Oki Kebari or Takayama Kebari, I’m starting to think more in terms of the general characteristics a fly has such as movement, silhouette, attention point, and size. One of the things that really sold me on tenkara early on was the versatility and...

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Scientific Anglers Freshwater Tippet
Feb23

Scientific Anglers Freshwater Tippet

I’ve been using Rio Powerflex tippet for years and have been pretty happy with it. So, I didn’t really feel the need to shop around for a new tippet. But then I saw the freshwater tippet from Scientific Anglers and was intrigued–not by the tippet material itself, but by the spools they came with. The first thing that perked my ears up was the built in line cutter. In the rim of the spool, there’s a small razor...

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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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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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Theo Bakelaar Talks Tenkara
Feb05

Theo Bakelaar Talks Tenkara

If you’re an American angler and love bead head flies, you have one man to thank: Theo Bakelaar. While bead head flies have been fished in Italy for as long as 100 years, Theo was the first person to introduce them to the United States, earning him the nickname “Mr. Goldhead”, and sparking a revolution in fly tying. Since then, Theo has become a world renowned angler, tier, and author. When I heard he also fishes...

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3D Printed Tenkara Line Spools
Feb03

3D Printed Tenkara Line Spools

Another sign that tenkara is continuing to grow–we now have 3D printed line spools! Michael Hackney of The Eclectic Angler has been taking advantage of the latest in 3D printing technology to produce some really interesting tenkara line spools. Specs Diameter: about 50mm/slightly less than 2″ Center hole diameter: 20mm/.78″ Width between flanges: 5mm/.2″ With a wide range of colors (as well as color...

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Tenkara Magic!
Feb01

Tenkara Magic!

Tenkara angler and magician Dennis Vander Houwen swung by the Tenkara Talk headquarters today (OK, technically my basement but “headquarters” just sounds so much more official) and wielded a little tenkara-related magic. If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to attach your sakasa kebari to your tippet without tying a knot, watch the...

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The 2014 Wintertime Blues Project
Jan31

The 2014 Wintertime Blues Project

Last year, Anthony Naples of the Casting Around blog put together a great collection of tenkara and fly fishing inspired content called the Wintertime Blues Project (read it here). The idea was to provide some relief from cabin fever during the frozen winter months. This year, it’s back and Anthony is now accepting submissions until the end of February. So get off the couch and send in your tenkara or fly fishing related poetry,...

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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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The Caddy Kebari
Jan23

The Caddy Kebari

I’ve been meaning to share this fly for some time but for whatever reason, haven’t gotten around to it until now. It’s one of my most productive flies and although tenkara flies typically don’t intentionally match the hatch, I call it the “Caddy Kebari” because I think the fish mistake it for a caddis pupa. Honestly, I had little confidence in this fly until I had a few stellar days on a local creek...

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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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Tenkara Rod Wall Rack
Jan19

Tenkara Rod Wall Rack

Many anglers have a fishing office (i.e. man cave) where they have their fly tying desk, gear, and where they like to put their tenkara rods on display. Some people have built their own tenkara rod racks, or used an off-the-shelf solution like these pool cue racks to show off their rods. But the innovative French company Tenkara Pyrenees has come out with (as far as I know), the world’s first tenkara-specific wall-mounted rod...

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Don’t Toss your Tenkara Rod!
Jan15

Don’t Toss your Tenkara Rod!

So, I just came across a Facebook post talking about how to land a big fish by throwing your tenkara rod in the water. It’s not the first time I’ve seen this “technique” advocated. It seems to appear on the internet every once in a while. And every time it does, I have to roll my eyes. The basic concept is that if you throw your rod in the water, the fish will stop feeling the pull of the line and will relax....

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Tenkara Isn’t Good Because It’s Simple
Jan08

Tenkara Isn’t Good Because It’s Simple

“It’s simple.” Ask most anglers why they like tenkara and that’s probably the answer you’ll get. That was my stock answer too for a long time. But the overthinker in me started to wonder why does “simple” = “good”? After all, “simple” isn’t intrinsically good. If my doctor tells me I need a simple surgery, that’s good. But if I’m told the surgeon who...

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