Tenkara Casting Technique Observations.

by David Walker, US

Casting the line with a Tenkara rod is in many ways a paradox. Some people can cast a line the length of the rod fairly well after only a few casts.  Other people struggle to cast the line and have the line extend more than one meter beyond the end of the rod. The paradox is the harder they try to cast the line the less success they have.

This summer will be my sixth year Tenkara fishing. I am completely self-taught. Learning on my own how to cast by watching YouTube videos, trying to duplicate their casting motion and timing, reading what others have written about proper casting, and by trying to analyze what I think happens during my casting, and what should happen. What works and what does not work.... READ>> 

New TRY テンカラ300 rod
by Oleg Stryapunin, CZ

The TRY300 rod is an update to the TRY330 and it retains the best qualities of its predecessor. Much thought and design consideration went into the original TRY330 and that continues with the TRY300.
The TRY300 is very light, weighing only 56 grams and with a center of gravity of 55cm and rotational moment of 3.08 it feels extremely light in the hand. 

The rod blank is painted matte grey without accents. Since small stream tenkara fishing typically happens at very short distances this muted color is stealthy and spooks fish much less than a bright and glossy rod can. The rod’s light weight allows you to comfortably grip the rod by the butt and is the reason we use a short handle with only the single profile bump. The true rod length is 3.06 meters so the new model name of TRY300 now more accurately indicates the rod’s actual length.

The best way to appreciate TRY300 is to cast it and fish it. We hope you’ll like the new rod.

NEW SuperFine Floating Tenkara Line!
by Oleg Stryapunin, CZ
I like to fish with dry flies. Even being an avid tenkara angler that focuses on fishing subsurface kebari flies in pocket water, I still enjoy seeing a trout take a dry fly off of the mirror smooth surface of a pool.  READ>>

Tenkara is fly fishing in Thueringen, now:

Much thanks to Eberhard Scheibe, Germany,  for sharing the document>>

Fish with a System and Increase Your Catch Rate.
by Chris Hendriks, NL

One day my son and I went out on a fishing trip. He is new to the world of fly fishing but very interested in tenkara and learned a lot very quickly. But it happened twice that I was catching a lot more fish the he was. Although he put a lot of effort into his fishing and was doing everything right. We also read the water together and he can almost read the water completely by himself.... READ >> 

Recent Tenkara Videos:

Chris Hendriks, NO

Alexander Vlasov, BY, 
Tenkara fishing in Sweden:

Masami Sakakibara, JP,
How to clean up tenkara rods:

Christophe Laurent, FR,  tenkara fishing in Normandie after the rains:

Tom Davis,  US:  this video illustrates the tenkara tactics perfectly:

tenkara by Tom Davis

Lucas Bauer, AT:

Carlos Andre Blatt, BR: 
tenkara in Brazil

Tom Davis, US:


Tenkara rods quick guide:

1stStep tenkara rod  is the best to start tenkara fishing with. It is the allrounder, well suited for the most variable fishing conditions and all fishing techniques.
TryTenkara rods are lighter and more sensitive. It is the best choice for precise casting with level lines.
Motive 390 tenkara rod  is targeted to “big fish big river” tenkara. It is the strongest rod and carries the longest and heaviest level lines. Also it is the best to switch to CZnymphing rigs at deeper pools.
WaterShed  tenkara rods  are the premium soft rods, targeted to the experienced anglers.



Kebari Flies:

Y16 kebari

I think kebari must be and can be very simple. Three components are enough: hook, feather and thread. This year searching for an effective kebari color I’ve experimented a lot with multicolored threads by Mettler. Now that the season is over and I can conclude that some patterns have passed the seasonal tests with the great success. The champion is in the picture. I call it 

Tenkara Level Lines quick guide:
The best  tenkara level lines are produced with the fluorocarbon material with the density 1.78. The difference in suppleness and memory is very small; the main difference is the color and visibility. The line visibility is very important for tenkara fishing. Different colors give you the variety of the opportunities to monitor your line’s position in the air and against the background of the water and the banks.
tenkara level lines: The Tenkara Times collection

3 - Sunline TORNADO
4 - YGK
5 - Sunline Buttobi
7 - SANYO Valcan Applaud
9 - SANYO Valcan Applaud green