The RIGS Floating Tenkara Line gives US tenkara anglers just what they've been asking for. For years now, anglers have requested a floating line but no one gave them what they wanted. I played around with a floating line when I fished with a TFO Soft Hackle rod but I decided not to offer one. The line I used with the TFO was heavy and I was focused on light lines. This line from RIGS is just what people have been asking for.
RIGS had three specific applications in mind when they designed the RIGS Floating Tenkara Line. They wanted a line that worked well in windy conditions, that provided good dry fly drifts and that provided good presentations in still water.
I face all three of those problems while fishing, but I solve them
with three different lines - the RIGS Floating Tenkara Line is designed to solve
all three with just one line. I have often written that to me the
essence of tenkara is fishing with the lightest line you can get away
with and keeping the line off the water's surface. The RIGS Floating
Tenkara Line is not the lightest line, and because of that much of it will be on the water.
However, there are tenkara anglers for whom the essence of their
tenkara is very different. They don't want a fluorocarbon line no
matter how light it is. They want a line that floats - whether for fishing poppers or foam spiders for
panfish, or for fishing dry flies for trout in
pools or alpine lakes. They also want a line that is heavy enough to buck the wind and yet still floats - and is easy to see.
I discovered that the running line I'd used with the TFO rod was
heavy enough to cast bass bugs. The
RIGS line is, too. And by the way, if you have a TFO rod and have been
searching for a line that works on it, look no further. Of course, I
would recommend a Daiwa Kiyose SF or Daiwa NEO LT33SC or Shimano Kozuka,
all of which I think are better rods than the TFO. All of those
will cast the RIGS floating line quite nicely.
contine to use my own solutions most of the time, but I do recognize
that the RIGS Floating Tenkara Line meets a need that hadn't been met.
For those anglers who want to fish tenkara (but who want to do it
differently than I do) I am happy to offer the RIGS tenkara lines.
The line comes in two lengths, 12' and 15'. The lines have about 10' (or 13') of PVC coated running line, a 5-6" length of bright red Hi-Vis sighter, 18-20" of clear mono and a tippet ring. You could make your own (but then again, I could have too). RIGS has done the development work on overall length, length of Hi-Vis sighter vs. clear mono, and choice of materials. Choosing to use their line is definitely keeping it simple.
The line comes with a loop for a girth hitch so you will need a knot in your lillian.
RIGS Floating Tenkara Line
12' line - $27 Out of stock until fall
15' line - $30 Out of stock until fall
The RIGS Nymphing Line is very close to a line that I had been thinking of making for some time but never quite got around to. It is made from 8' of Hi-Vis fluorocarbon line tied to about 4.5' of a fluorocarbon line that alternates pink, clear, orange, clear.
I've played around with the pink, clear, orange, clear line quite a bit, but have always felt that it takes a while to find it against the background unless you are fishing in good light. Using the Hi-Vis fluoro as the first 8' of the line solves that problem. The Hi-Vis portion of the line is long enough for you to see, but far enough from the fish that spooky fish should not be alarmed.
In addition to the alternating pink and orange colors, there are blood knots tied in the colored sections. The colored portions, and especially the knots in the colored portions, act as fairly subtle indicators that hopefully you can see but spooky fish won't notice. If you are fishing deeper water, the colors and knots also act as depth indicators. As with the RIGS Floating Tenkara Line, the RIGS Nymphing Line ends in a tippet ring. The ring really does make changing tippets easier.
The RIGS Nymphing Line offers a good balance of visibility and stealth. The lines come with a size 4.5 butt section. I'd use them with the stiffer rods I have described as nymphing rods (the Daiwa Kiyose SF, Shimano Kozuka NT, Daiwa NEO LT33SC, the Nissin 450 ZX (stiff) at the 4m length and definitely with a TFO.
Fold braided loop back on itself to form the girth hitch.
Tie overhand knot in end of lillian, insert lillian through the girth hitch, tighten hitch and slide down to knot.
The braided loop shown above is not from the RIGS line, but the way the girth hitch is formed and attached to the lillian is the same.
RIGS Tenkara Nymphing Line
Size 4.5 - $19
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Tenkara has no strict rules. Enjoy tenkara in your own way.
- Eiji Yamakawa