by Jeremy Lucas, UK
I have fished more with tenkara than western-style this year, and much of it has been a hugely satisfying revelation. It has been an extreme range of rivers; after the winter grayling on the Eden, in Cumbria, I spent most of the spring and summer fishing the chalk streams of the Artois region of northern France. A brief foray to the Tatra mountains in Slovakia, and the magnificent San in south-east Poland, finally brought me back to the rivers of northern England and the autumn fishing for grayling, though the wild brown trout are currently super-active among the heavy hatches of pale wateries we always have at this time of year. The rivers have varied from tiny carriers and feeder streams, often not even two metres across, to the expanse of the San tail-water at over a hundred metres. READ>>
New “WaterShed” Rod Series:
by Oleg Stryapunin, CZ
When issuing the TRY rods series last year, we focused on the casting properties. Considering that many tenkara anglers are new to tenkara and are coming from a western fly fishing background we created the TRY rods to be easy to cast for them. That is reason the TRY rod is slightly stiffer than what we consider to be characteristic for the classic tenkara rod.It is obvious today that tenkara is not a fad. The number of tenkara anglers in Europe has doubled this year. So now is the time to release a premium tenkara rod just for them, one that is targeted at experienced tenkara anglers - it is The Tenkara Times WaterShed Series. READ>>
New TRY360 rods are available:
by Oleg Stryapunin, CZ
We are grateful to our customers who appreciate the TRY360 tenkara rods. Unfortunately production was delayed with the latest batch of TRY360 rods and so for a while they were out of stock. Today however, we are pleased to announce that they are back in stock and they even have some improvements... READ>>
1stStep 360 tenkara rod - new edition.
by Oleg Stryapunin, CZ
Very popular 1stStep 360 tenkara rods are again available at web store. This rods lot is produced with minor improvements.. READ>>
2nd European Tenkara Convention: the report.
by Chris Hendriks, NO
This year, June 2014, The European Tenkara Convention was organised by Oleg from The Tenkara Times and held in Czech Republic. The whole purpose of The European Tenkara Convention is to introduce Tenkara and to bring different companies that are involved within Tenkara together so we can create a good network and cooperation instead of just looking at each other as competitors.
Recent Tenkara Videos:
Masami Sakakibara, JP,
How to clean up tenkara rods:
Christophe Laurent, FR, tenkara fishing in Normandie after the rains:
Tom Davis, US: this tenkara video illustrates the tactics perfectly:
Lucas Bauer, AT:
Carlos Andre Blatt, BR:
Lesly Janssen, NL:
My favorite fishing season is midsummer when the water level is the low, the current is calm and the water is crystal clear. Even though the water temperature is higher and the fish are less active at this time of the year I still like midsummer very much. Normally I search out sections of the river with stronger currents and more turbulence, where the water is better oxygenated. When I find these conditions I switch on my vision: "Rubber kebari" >>...
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.
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.
SanyoValcan Applaud tenkara line >> (1) is the line with normal visibility and little softer and less memory than others. Sanyo Valcan Applaud HiVis tenkara line >> (2) is of the same material with orange color and have larger variety of sizes. Both lines are opaque color and look thicker, than other lines with the same size.
Daiwa Tenkara level Line>> (3) is transparent pink colored line, well visible in the air and much less visible in water, is popular for the anglers, providing subsurface fishing.
Yamatoyo Tenkara Line>> (4) is also transparent, but very bright fluorescent yellow, that makes it the best to be used in the twilight and under the canopies at overgrown streams.
Very popular Sunline Buttobi Tenkara Line (5) is fluorescent orange colored. Vivid dyeing is used to make it “glows”. It is the most visible level line at multicolor contrasting background and glare water surface.
Titanium tenkara lines>> are the best choice for windy conditions. The lines are made of titanium alloy with super elastic properties.
Sometimes you break tip segments, loose plug or butt cap of your favourite tenkara fishing rod. It is not the reason for seppuku, we have spare parts >>