Tenkara Fishing Blog

The Tenkara Fishing Blog is a mini journal about tenkara. It will let you know whenever any new pages on TenkaraBum are uploaded or if there are significant changes in existing pages. It will also help keep you up to date with what's new in tenkara fishing in the US.

Mar 20, 2018

This Just In...

This Just In...

Medium Rod Case Light weight semi-rigid rod case. Back in stock.

Gamakatsu "Smallest" Tanago Hooks Slightly longer hook points than the Owner hooks. Back in stock.

Suntech Fine Power 56NP Wonderfully light, versatile keiryu rod that will cast a light tenkara line well also. Back in stock.

Suntech Kaname Special 60NP This one really is special. Rated for tippets down to 10X, but firm enough to be very, very sensitive. Back in stock.

Mar 20, 2018

Netting/Hand-lining bigger fish

This is my second submission to ‘Your Tenkara Stories’ in just a few days, but my request for information about tippet knot breakages was so comprehensively

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Mar 19, 2018

Word to the Wise

Actually, two words. Sales Tax.

To the extent possible, TenkaraBum.com follows all applicable laws and regulations.

I will be required to collect sales tax on any sales made at the Sowbug Roundup.

The Mountain Home, AR sales tax rate is 8.875%. That means for every rod I will have at the Roundup, the $10 shipping charge is lower (and in some cases much lower) than the sales tax. Buying rods from the website will be less expensive than buying at the show.

Mar 19, 2018


Who but your humble correspondent would go to an old, well established, international fly tying event and give a presentation on bait fishing gear and techniques?

My adventure begins on Wednesday.
If I survive the ordeal, I shall return on Monday.

Dark side

Come to the Dark Side

Mar 19, 2018

Name Your Kebari

TenkaraBum to me is not only about the gear, but also about pushing the envelope. That said, Tenkara traditionally is about a fixed line rod, a basic line,

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Mar 16, 2018

Tippet knot strength?

Hi Folks, I was just wondering if anyone had any advice about the best knot to attach tippet material to level line, specifically fluorocarbon lines.

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Mar 15, 2018

This Just In...

This Just In...

Flip Focals 2.5X magnifiers that clip to your hat brim. Back in stock.

Size 10 shot Very small split shot for when you need just a little weight - perhaps for micro fishing or Ultralight Worm Fishing. Back in stock.

Magnetic Midge Box Thin fly box with white colored magnetic liner to hold tiny flies. Back in stock.

Mar 15, 2018

Sowbug Roundup!

TenkaraBum will have a vendor's booth at next week's Sowbug Roundup in Mt. Home, AR. Additionally, I will give a presentation on "An Introduction to Keiryu Fishing" on Friday at 2:30. Please note: I had previously given the day as Thursday, but the correct day is Friday.

The Sowbug Roundup has been bringing fly tyers together from all over the world for over 20 years now. It is a fun gathering and gives everyone a chance to sit across a table, watch, ask questions and learn techniques from some of the best tyers on the planet. Very low-key but very educational.

Sowbug Roundup

Most of the seminars this year will be on tenkara, including Adapting Tenkara for Multi-species Fishing, Tenkara Rod Nymphing, Fishing Tenkara Rods for Smallmouth Bass, and a few other seminars. If your casting needs a bit of work, Misako Ishimura will give a casting clinic on Friday (time to be determined).

The Sowbug Roundup is at the Baxter County Fairgrounds in Mt. Home, AR. It runs from 9 AM to 4 PM, Thursday March 22 through Saturday March 24. Admission for all three days is just $5.

Since I will have a vendor's table, I will have some rods. However, I can't bring the whole shop. If there is something you'd like to see ask me now, not at the show!!

The photo below shows less than half the layout.

Sowbug Roundup

P.S. The Sowbug Roundup is a fly tying event, but I'm gonna try to sneak in a couple spinning rods and some Daiwa Vega .4g spoons when they aren't looking. Shhh!

Mar 15, 2018

Reduced International Postage for Rods

Effective immediately, no ADDITIONAL postage will be required for international shipments that contain a tenkara, keiryu or seiryu rod, or a 3-piece or 4-piece spinning or baitcasting rod, if both of the following conditions apply:

1) the shipping box must be no more than 24" long (this excludes rods that do not collapse to "standard" tenkara rod lengths and 2-piece lure rods).

2) the total value of the items in the box must not be over $400.

Postage for shipments that meet both qualifications will be $10, which will be added to the order automatically.

Additional postage WILL be required for rods that will not fit in a 24" long box, and for packages valued at more than $400.

Mar 14, 2018

A Morning with the Red Wiggler Worms! An Update.

This morning I spent a good 20 minutes working with my worm projects. Since several of the threads on the Blog have gone in other directions, I thought

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Mar 12, 2018

This Just In...

This Just In...

BW Sports Backpack Robust, inexpensive fishing backpack for when you need to carry more than just lunch and a light jacket.

Mar 09, 2018

Overhand Worm "Improved!?"

One of my favorite places to fish is interesting. There are several ponds intertwined with one of the most beautiful creeks for fishing Tenkara. The

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Mar 07, 2018

This Just In...

This Just In...

Black Killer Bugger and Keeper Kebari. Surprisingly effective for fish a bit bigger than micros. Back in stock.

Mar 06, 2018

Color of Chadwick's 477 Yarn When Wet

A few blog posts ago I mentioned that my wife had gifted me with some original Chadwick’s 477 yarn from England, and I tied up a few Killer Bugs with it.

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Mar 05, 2018

This Just In...

New items and out-of-stocks that are back in stock.

Nissin Zerosum Oni Honryu 450 One of the premier big water rods. Back in stock.

Mar 04, 2018

Horsing Around - Thanks for the Fishing Report!

It was nice to get a fishing report from Chris! I just made my first horse hair line, but have not fished it yet. I think I am going to add some more

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Mar 03, 2018

Trip Report - 2-28-18

The reason I haven't filed many trip reports lately is a combination of "nothing to write home about" and "if you don't have something nice to say, don't say anything." Winter fishing is usually not very productive for me, and this winter has been no exception.

Presented with a February thaw, though, I just had to get out and wet a line. It was a fairly slow day so I got all the packages to the Post Office by 1 o'clock, packed up a bit of gear and headed to Central Park. Central Park is not my favorite place to fish, but if I only have a few hours it's the most logical choice.

Central Park's Harlem Meer

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Mar 01, 2018

This Just In...

New items and out-of-stocks that are back in stock.

Daiwa Keiryu Damo V 30cm Larger version of the Daiwa rigid net. New Item.

Wader Gaiter Neoprene gaiters protect your waders and knees, and keep you warmer when wet wading. Back in stock.

Three new tenkara flies! American Takami Special, Wee-Wool Wizard and Lt. Olive Small Stream Special - tied by a thin blue line specialist - they'll put trout in your net. Tied on barbless hooks. New items.

Feb 28, 2018

This Just In...

New items and out-of-stocks that are back in stock.

3X5 Photo Tank Clear acrylic tank that allows you to photograph micros while they are in water. Back in stock.

Feb 28, 2018

Feeling Crowded?

I mentioned in a previous blog post about one great advantage in tenkara: you can often fish waters that others find difficult. I’d like to use the above

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Feb 28, 2018

Ambidextrous Tenkara?

I'm a righty but I used to fly fish lefty occasionally. Now that my right shoulder is nearly shot I've been thinking about ambidextrous tenkara fishing.

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Feb 18, 2018

Busted - Almost!

by Les Albjerg I had three hours between appointments yesterday. It was a nice morning, and I have my TenkaraBum Traveler 44 back from my son because

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Feb 16, 2018

This Just In...

New items and out-of-stocks that are back in stock.

Daiwa Seiryu X 64 Very soft, full flex rod. Back in stock.

Nissin Kyogi 18BX - black 5.4m carp rod. The Kyogi rods are the best carp rods I have found.

Feb 14, 2018

A Special Valentine: The Original Sawyer's Killer Bug

If you enjoy fly fishing, fly tying, or tenkara at all, you’ve probably heard of the Sawyer’s Killer Bug — an amazingly simple yet surprisingly effective

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Feb 13, 2018

Presidents Day Sale!

Help! Running a growing business in a small space means running out of space!

I need to make room for new rods.

So - the Suntech GMR Special II 36NP is on sale, marked down from $260 to $195.

The rod is unique. It is a light weight seiryu rod with enough muscle to handle good sized fish. My first fish on the rod was a surprise. I expected a 7-8 incher and hooked a 17 incher. The rod was a bigger surprise. It controlled the fish easily.

Ten rods available at the sale price.

Park Avenue Worm Ranch

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Feb 13, 2018

Tenkara Rod Sleeve

I have some time to kill because I'm recovering from elective foot surgery for my left foot. So in the meantime, I'm killing time by tying flies, reading,

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Feb 11, 2018

Tenryu Fly Rods

Tenryu Fly Rods? Why not? Tenryu is known for excellent quality rods. Their Furaibo tenkara rods are truly excellent. Their spinning and baitcasting rods are the nicest I've seen anywhere.

Tenryu makes several series of fly rods, from 3 weight small stream rods up through the more standard 9 footers in 5-8 weights and on to Spey rods.

I have one each of three different small stream 3-weight Tenryu fly rods. Two are 4-piece Fates StreamWalker rods, one is a 6-piece Fates Packer travel/backpacking rod.

Tenryu Fates StreamWalker FSW793-4

Tenryu Fates StreamWalker FSW793-4

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Feb 11, 2018

Composting Worms For Fishing

This is a guide to “composting” worm species, which can be used for bait and readily raised indoors – making them suitable for growing your own. They

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Feb 10, 2018

This Just In...

New items and out-of-stocks that are back in stock.

Medium, Large and Long Rod Cases Light weight, inexpensive, adjustable rod cases. Back in stock.

Daiwa Vega .4g Brown Pellet, Lemonade and Horizon spoons Small, light spoons that you can cast with a tenkara, keiryu or fly rod. More effective than streamers. Back in stock (Horizon is new color for the .4g).

Sunline size 1.5 Tenjo Line Light, Hi-Vis line for the top section of a keiryu line. Back in stock.

Daiwa Worm Threader Retractable hollow needle allows you to easily thread a worm onto your hook. New Item.

Feb 09, 2018

Tenkarabum and Finesse-Fishing Websites, Winter's only salvation!

Guys, this time of year here in Northern Wisconsin the only fishing to be done is thru a small hole in 24 or more of ice. Can't put up with the cold anymore

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Feb 08, 2018

Scouring your Worms! - An Introduction.

If you participate on this forum, you need to be prepared to learn more than you might bargain for. Chris asked me if I had ever scoured my worms. To

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Feb 07, 2018

Micros here in Texas

To be honest I don't have a great story, yet! I do however have a problem I'm hoping someone might be able to help me with. I can't find any good info

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Feb 06, 2018

Pattern, Presentation, or Both?

Anglers love a good debate, and tenkara practitioners are no different. One argument I hear from time-to-time is whether fly pattern or presentation is

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Feb 04, 2018

TenkaraBum 40

Well, I purchased this rod from Chris a little while ago and wanted to wait till I actually got to fish it more then once to write a review. Fishing

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Feb 03, 2018

This Just In...

New items and out-of-stocks that are back in stock.

Suntech Grayce II NP52 Very nice (and very fancy) keiru rod. Back in stock.

Owner New Half Moon tanago hooks Very small snelled hooks for micro fishing. Back in stock.

Micro Fishing Kit Hooks, line and sinker (and float). What you need to start micrso fishing. Back in stock.

Yellow Dagger Daiwa Vega .4g spoon All the .4g Vega spoons catch fish! Back in stock.

Feb 03, 2018

Ice Bobbers

First time out with the 270 Nissin in quite awhile today. The stream is very shallow, narrow and brushy. I tried something different today and used the

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Feb 02, 2018

This Just In...

New items and out-of-stocks that are back in stock.

Tenryu Rayz RZ39LL Very short spinning rod for very tight streams. Lots of fun in a little package. Back in stock.

Feb 02, 2018

As the Worm Turns!

I hope some of you have been inspired by the Park Avenue worm ranch idea. One problem with writing an article is you can't have much of a discussion on

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Feb 01, 2018

This Just In...

New items and out-of-stocks that are back in stock.

Keeper Kebari Large yarn bodied sakasa kebari. Good for trout, great for smallies. Back in stock.

10X fluorocarbon tippet For micros or "zero" keiryu fishing. Back in stock.

Feb 01, 2018

Park Avenue Worm Ranch

by Les Albjerg

This article is about raising Red Wigglers for fishing in a way that is easy and convenient. We aren't composting. Raising them in an "urban" environment can be a challenge. Having worms in the house or apartment can lead to spousal friction.

With those challenges in mind, I have spent the last 5 months working on several worm projects. I would like to share the system I have worked out that allows you to grow your fishing worms discretely in the house with minimal space. I call it "The Park Avenue Worm Ranch."

Park Avenue Worm Ranch

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Jan 31, 2018

Daiwa Seiryu-X 64 as a keiryu rod

At some point in the nearish future, I'd like to start offering guide service for folks wanting to try keiryu fishing. After consulting with Chris, I came

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Jan 30, 2018

Spoons Sad, Species Glad

I just returned from a great week in Isla Mujeres, Mexico. Even though a front produced a couple of chilly days by local standards, 69 with high winds.

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Jan 24, 2018

This Just In...

New items and out-of-stocks that are back in stock.

Daiwa Sagiri 45 Delightfully soft, light, full flex zoom rod for modest fish in modest current. Back in stock.

Daiwa Keiryu-X 42 Relatively stiff rod that collapses to a short length. Best used for heavy nymphs (or mouse flies for big browns). Back in stock.

Daiwa Vega .4g Nightmare, Gold and Silver fly rod spoons The most popular colors of these small light spoons that you can cast and fish with a tenkara rod. Back in stock.

Jan 23, 2018

Horsehair Line Kit

This morning I saw a post on Facebook saying every tenkara angler should have a horsehair line. They are indeed traditional, and they do cast very nicely.

Saying you should import a horsehair line from Japan is like saying you should import your flies from Japan, though. You could do that, but most tenkara anglers in the US choose to tie their own flies. It is no more difficult to construct your own horsehair line.

TenkaraBum.com started selling horsehair tenkara lines in 2010, replacing the lines with DIY kits in 2011.

The kits offered several advantages over purchasing a horsehair line: 1. The satisfaction of catching fish on a line you made yourself - very similar to the satisfaction of catching fish on flies you tied yourself. 2. The ability to customize the weight and length of the line for your rod and your fishing style. 3. The materials and instruction that allow you to repair your line when it breaks - and if there are trees and bushes around where you fish, you will get snags and you will break your line. 4. Sufficient material to make several lines, not just one.

Advantages over the imported line referenced in the Facebook post: 1. White hair rather than dark brown hair so your line will be much more visible to you and much less visible to the fish. 2. Significantly lower cost.

They do cast very nicely. It's still too cold to fish. Get a Horsehair Line Kit and tie a few lines!

TenkaraBum Horsehair Line Kit

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Jan 23, 2018

Five Favorite Fly-Tying Books

If you fly fish for very long, you start collecting fly tying books. And then you start wondering where you’re going to store all those books. Pretty soon

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Jan 21, 2018

Trip Report - 1-20-18

Not long ago, one of my customers said he was planning to start a keiryu fishing guide service and wanted to use Daiwa Sieryu X 64 rods instead of keiryu rods. Since I first heard the idea of using a 6.4m seiryu rod for keiryu fishing I haven't been able to get it out of my mind. Today was the first reasonably warm day since he first mentioned it to me, so I set out to try it with a Suntech Kurenai HM63R and a Daiwa Seiryu X 54 (he bought the last Seiryu X 64 I had in stock and the replacements have not yet arrived).

Winter fishing has never been very productive for me. A one-fish day is a good day and a two-fish day is reason to celebrate. I don't recall ever having a "many" day it the winter. Today I had high hopes but low expectations.

Brown trout caught with Kurenai HM63R

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Jan 21, 2018

Cycling and fishing Tasmania

I really needed to get away and chase some trout. I did some research and now had a mind map of the destinations for my journey. I also needed a bit of

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Jan 21, 2018

The 3 personalities of the Suntech TenkaraBum Traveler 44

I took the Suntech TenkaraBum Traveler 44 to Tasmania on a 10 day cycling/fishing trip. I had a couple of shorter rods for backup and for scrubby creeks.

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Jan 19, 2018

Rembering Amnesia

Running Lines: Undoubtedly, I purchased my first spool of Amnesia running line to use it as a shooting line behind a 30 to 40 foot shooting head, which

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“The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten” – Benjamin Franklin

"Study to be quiet." - Izaak Walton 1653

"Be sure in casting, that your fly fall first into the water, for if the line fall first, it scares or frightens the fish..." Col. Robert Venables 1662


The hooks are sharp.
The coffee's hot.
The fish are slippery when wet.

Beware of the Dogma

Currently processing orders that were received Mar. 20. Orders received after 5PM EDT March 20 will be shipped in the sequence they were received, starting March 27.

Handmade Wooden Bait Boxes

TenkaraBum Traveler

Tenryu Furaibo TF39

Suntech TenkaraBum 36

Daiwa Seiryu X 35