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.

Jan 22, 2017

This Just In...

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

Nissin Royal Stage 360 7:3 Excellent all-around tenkara rod. Back in stock.

Nissin Pocket Mini 270 Very light, very compact rod - the ultimate backpacking rod. Back in stock.

Micro Fishing Kit Hooks, line and sinker for the smallest of fish. Big fun in small package. Back in stock.

Mummy Worms - natural color Surprise hit of the year. People I had thought were fly-fishing-only are buying these! Give 'em a try. They catch fish. Back in stock.

Jan 22, 2017

A Twofer

I've been going back to the local winter fishing hole a couple times last week. The fishing there has been really good and really fun. I caught my personal

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Jan 19, 2017

Following Thin, Blue Lines

The intersection of two worlds, the aquatic and terrestrial, is an interesting place. There’s something about visiting the world of fish and frogs that

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Jan 18, 2017

Daiwa Hinata Chutsugi

The Daiwa Hinata Chutsugi rods are short zoom rods that are just ideal for very small streams. They come in three lengths. The shortest one can be fished at 6'8" or 7'11". The medium one can be fished at 7'11" or 9'2". The longest one can be fished at 9'2" or 10'6".

The rods are intended for a number of small fish species, but also for smaller crucian carp. The soft tip will still dance with a small fish, but the firm midsection and stiff butt will allow you to land surprisingly large fish - the longer two rods will certainly handle larger fish than the shortest, but I would expect that even it could handle fish greater than 12" without a problem.

Daiwa Hinata Chutsugi

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Jan 17, 2017

This Just In...

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

Tippet Rings For the end of your level line, for droppers and for making keiryu lines. Back in stock.

Jan 13, 2017

This Just In...

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

Long Rod Case Light weight, inexpensive case. Adjusts from 32 to 40 inches. Back in stock.

Fuji KTC-20 Rod Caps Caps to fit a number of keiryu rods. Back in stock.

Jan 12, 2017

As the Worm Turns: Fish-Off between Mummy Worms and Live Butterworms

For several years, my wife and I have used live Butterworms as bait in our keiryu fishing with good results. Butterworms (usually spelled as one word)

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Jan 11, 2017

This Just In...

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

Mummy Worms New colors! Chartreuse, green, and purple. Pink, brown and orange back in stock.

Jan 11, 2017

Kyogi Fishing!

It is nice to see the Kyogi back in stock. I bought a Kyogi 21 last year for steelhead fishing. I got to go on one trip in November and I did hook and

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Jan 09, 2017

This Just In...

Daiwa Seiryu X 45 Very nice, inexpensive seiryu rod that will also work well for tenkara fishing. Back in stock.

Jan 06, 2017

This Just In...

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

Keiryu Starter Kit Complete kit, with Nissin 540ZX keiryu rod, keiryu rigs and line holders. Back in stock.

Utah Killer Bug One Fly Kit All the materials you need to tie 25 Utah Killer bugs, with illustrated instruction sheet. Back in stock.

Black Killer Bugger One Fly Kit All the materials you need to tie 25 Black Killer Buggers, with illustrated instruction sheet. Back in stock.

Ishigaki One Fly Kit All the materials you need to tie 25 Ishigaki flies, with illustrated instruction sheet. Back in stock.

Jan 06, 2017

Embrace the Cold

Hyalite Canyon is of my favorite places. I've spent the last ten or so winters climbing ice there, but it wasn't until last year that I tried fishing the

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Jan 05, 2017

This Just In...

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

Black Killer Bugger Yarn and Utah Killer Bug Yarn The two most popular colors. Back in stock.

Jan 05, 2017

Mummy Worms

I first learned of Mummy Worms from the taxidermist who makes Jackalope heads for Cabela's. Now I know that mummification and taxidermy aren't the same, at least not quite, but somehow it seems fitting.

Mummy Worms are preserved wax worms, and although they won't last for 5000 years, like real mummies, they will last for 6 months without refrigeration. If you can't finish a container of Mummy Worms (about 40 worms) in 6 months you don't go fishing enough! With refrigeration, they'll last up to two years.

They come in a range of colors and they do catch fish!

trout caught with Mummy Worm

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Jan 02, 2017

Gamakatsu GM-1898 Line Winder Review

Here's a different sort of line winder that I haven't seen before. I picked these up on a recent trip to Japan. The store attendant told me these were

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Jan 01, 2017

1st Trout on New Daiwa Sagiri 45MC

I received this rod a few weeks ago and went out to a local tailrace which is stocked in the winter months with trout. Excellent rod for it's length,

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Dec 31, 2016


It was our last relatively warm day for a while so I headed out to a thawed-out part of the river. Thanks to the encouragement from people here, I finally

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Dec 29, 2016

Fly tying and thinking and reminiscing !!

I tied my first Takayama Sakasa Kebari today. I tied 5 from the one fly kit I ordered from Chris, and then I ventured a bit on my own with the fly in

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Dec 27, 2016

Tenkara Day Trippin'

What to do with a day off? Housework? Meh. Tenkara? YES. Most local lakes still had lots of ice from the recent cold snap, so I decided to make a quick

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Dec 27, 2016

This Just In...

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

TenkaraBum 40 You asked for it, you got it! Longer version of the TenkaraBum 36 - built on a different blank to keep the same feel even though the rod is longer. New item.

Nissin Oni Line - Orange 3.5 Popular color in popular size. Back in stock.

Dec 22, 2016

In Search of (Liquid) Water

Happy winter everyone! This is definitely my favorite time of year despite the fishing difficulties. I attempted a little fishing the other day before

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Dec 21, 2016

This Just In...

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

Utah Killer Bug Yarn This is the yarn for the rightfully famous Utah Killer Bug. Back in stock

Dec 20, 2016

This Just In...

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

TenkaraBum 33 A bit shorter than the TenkaraBum 36 and a bit firmer overall. Intended for smaller streams that hold fish too large for a Kurenai HM33R. May prove to be a better nymphing rod than the 36. New item.

Dec 17, 2016

Why I Love to Fish in the Winter

It is 14 degrees as I type. I was going to take my son to Wilson Creek Springs today and fish even though it was 3 degrees when I woke up, but he is sick.

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Dec 16, 2016

Trip Report - 12-11-16

I'm falling behind on trip reports, mostly because recent trips have not given me much to write about.

Although I do fish in the winter, I'm getting to the point where standing in a cold river on a cold day isn't that much fun - especially when the fishing is slow. And for me, winter fishing is almost always slow. Often, two or three fish is a good day.

The weather in the northeast has been relatively mild up until this past week. Today the high in New York City was in the mid 30s. I wanted to get out because I have a couple new rods I hadn't caught anything with, and I always like to have a fishy photo with a new rod.

Daiwa Seiryu X

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Dec 16, 2016

JDM Spinning or Baitcasting gear - interested?

In addition to making premium tenkara rods, Tenryu makes some beautiful spinning and baitcasting trout rods with cork grips and hardwood accents. They also make spinning and baitcasting rods for bass (foam grips).

Tenryu 4 Piece Spin

I suspect I would be much more likely to stock the trout rods, which are all 2 or 4 piece rods, and fit in my current shipping boxes, rather than the bass rods, which are all 1 piece rods and would need long reinforced shipping tubes that I don't have room to store.

These are not rods you will find at Bass Pro Shops or Cabela's. Prices would be comparable to G Loomis rods ($300-450).

Daiwa and Shimano make reels that are are not sold in the US. I can probably get any of them.

At this point, I am just trying to judge the amount of interest, I am not taking orders.

If you think you might be interested in some premium JDM (Japanese Domestic Market) gear, please take a look at TenkaraBum's sister website: Finesse-Fishing.com. The website isn't close to being finished yet, but please bookmark the site and visit often to see what's new.

Dec 15, 2016

This Just In...

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

Daiwa Seiryu X 35 Very nice, surprisingly inexpensive seiryu rod that feels like a tenkara rod (but lighter and with a more sensitive grip). Back in stock.

Suntech Fine Power NP66 Premium keiryu rod (for either keiryu or honryu tenkara fishing) that can protect 9X tippets but can also handle trout over 20". Amazing rod. Back in stock.

Dec 14, 2016

One Fly Kit Utah Killer Bug **Honest Review**

My experience here at Tenkara Bum has been stellar with pretty much every single thing I have purchased. So here is a short review on the One Fly Utah

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Dec 12, 2016

Suntech TenkaraBum 40 Pre-orders

The Suntech TenkaraBum 40, which I had thought would not be released until spring, will be delivered the week of December 18. The timing will be tight but I should be able to ship pre-ordered rods the same day I receive them. That should be make delivery on or before Christmas eve possible if I receive them on or before Wednesday the 21st. International shipments will not arrive by Christmas.

The TenkaraBum 40 is not just the TenkaraBum 36 with one more section. It is built on a different blank, optimized to give performance very similar to the TenkaraBum 36 while minimizing any tendency for tip heaviness. The 40 has a slightly longer collapsed length, allowing Suntech to make a longer rod with the same number of sections. That improves the bend profile and also keeps down the weight. It measures just a half penny stiffer than the TenkaraBum 36.

Suntech TenkaraBum 40 and rainbow

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Dec 11, 2016

Daiwa Seiryu X Rods

The new Daiwa Seiryu X rods are surprisingly nice and surprisingly inexpensive rods for trout and panfish. I once told a friend, only half joking, that Daiwa has discontinued better rods than most companies have ever made. The Soyokaze is a prime example. Regular readers know how well-loved the Soyokaze is. You probably couldn't buy a used one - and if you could you'd pay substantially more than they ever sold for new. Another example is the Rinfu, a rod that most people have never even heard of.

One good thing, though, is that after discontinuing a great rod, Daiwa tends to replace it with another great rod. It seems to me that the Seiryu X is a replacement for the Rinfu.

These rods - and especially at these prices - are likely to shake up the US tenkara market a bit. Light weight, mid flex "tenkara" action, 5X tippet capability and low prices. Daiwa has a winner in this one!

Daiwa Seiryu X

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Dec 11, 2016

Craft Foam Strike Indicators

Craft Foam Strike Indicators In a previous post I mentioned that my wife, Robin, likes to use strike indicators made out of craft foam for both tenkara

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Dec 10, 2016


Tenkara Kid Rio Amateur Fly Fishing Film Award contest - I think this one deserves a vote!

Dec 10, 2016

This Just In...

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

Daiichi 2571 Salmon Hook Heavy hook that will allow your kebari to get a bit deeper without resorting to lead wire of a bead head. New item.

Gamakatsu Barbless Circle Hook Requested by a keiryu angler who wanted an eyeless, barbless circle hook. New item.

Dec 09, 2016

This Just In...

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

Wooden Bait Boxes Wooden bait boxes in the Japanese traditional style. Back in stock.

Dec 08, 2016

This Just In...

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

Daiwa Expert Tenkara LL36 Newly released premium quality level line rod. New item.

Dec 07, 2016

This Just In...

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

Daiwa Expert Tenkara LT Rods Newly released rods for level or tapered lines. Premium quality rods with penny ratings ranging from 23 to 35. New items.

Dec 06, 2016

This Just In...

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

Kids Kit Everything you need to teach a kit tenkara fishing. Light weight 9' rod, line, EZ Keepers, tippet, flies and fly box. Back in stock.

Fine Mode Kosansui 270 Inexpensive small stream rod. Back in stock.

Ebira Plus Ebira with sleeves for two rods. Back in stock.

Dec 05, 2016

Wide Eye hooks for full throttle Fishing!

I tied up some Utah Killer Bugs and bead weighted worms on the SBL 35 Wide Eye hooks. These are well made, strong, thin wired hooks that catch fish.

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Dec 05, 2016

All about that blank, bout that blank.....

Lately, I have been going a bit mental with all the rods, I am buying up. Oh well, considering I have a very stressful job, this is how I unwind. Recently

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Dec 04, 2016

Thoughts on Tying Kebari

I've been refining my kebari tying techniques lately. I'm probably overthinking these simple flies, but these observations might help someone out. Flies

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Dec 02, 2016

Daiwa Keiryu-X Rods

The Daiwa Keiryu-X replaces the discontinued Kiyose SF series of rods. The Keiryu-X appears to be more of a makeover than a completely new model.

The grip section is noticeably different, with graphite tape wound in a distinctive "X" pattern for the length of the section. Daiwa says the X braiding reduces twisting, which can reduce power. I suspect it also adds to the stiffness of the grip section. The grip section of an SF rod is pretty stiff to begin with, but the longer Keiryu-X rods have higher penny ratings than their SF counterparts. You can feel the tape under the nonskid finish on the grip itself, so it also adds a bit more texture for a better grip with wet hands.

The stats show little change from the SF rods - which is good. The Daiwa Kiyose SF rods have been a top choice for backpackers and fixed line Czech Nymphers since 2012.

Daiwa Keiryu-X

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Dec 01, 2016

This Just In...

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

Killer Bug, Olive Killer Bugger and March Brown yarns Creating "buggy" flies with yarn is much easier than dubbing. Back in stock.

Keiryu Starter Kit What you need to start keiryu fishing. Back in stock.

Nov 30, 2016

This Just In...

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

Small Stream Tenkara Starter Kit Small stream kit built around new Suntech Keiryu Special 27. New item

Nov 29, 2016

Central Oregon Thanksgiving

I just got back from a post-Thanksgiving fishing trip with my brother David. The bulk of our time was spent on the Crooked River: a great stream for anglers

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Nov 29, 2016

Suntech Keiryu Special 27

The Suntech Keiryu Special 27 is a new rod intended for tenkara fishing in small overgrown streams. You could use it for keiryu fishing in extremely small streams, or for micro fishing, but the basic idea from the very beginning was to create the best possible rod for small stream tenkara.

This rod has been a long time coming. Ever since Daiwa discontinued the Soyokaze years ago, I have looked for a 270-length rod that would be a good replacement.

My goal was a rod that was light weight, could cast a very light line, and would be well suited to the size fish people are going to catch in small streams. That might mean 7" brookies in the Appalachians or Adirondacks, but fish twice that size in the small streams Tom Davis fishes in the northern Rockies.

Suntech Keiryu Special 27

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Nov 25, 2016

TenkaraBum Black Friday Sale

TenkaraBum only has one sale a year, so I'll try to make it a good one!

Quantities are limited. No rain checks. When they're gone, they're gone.

International shipping requires additional postage. Add the required postage at the bottom of the page. International orders without the necessary postage will be cancelled.

Daiwa Kiyose

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Nov 23, 2016

First Impressions of the Suntech GM Suikei Keiryu 44

I went down to the Snake River this afternoon to give my first zoom rod a workout. The Snake where I fished isn't a mountain stream, it is a half mile

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Nov 22, 2016

Wooden Bait Boxes

Japanese wooden bait boxes (esa bako) are as beautiful as they are functional.

I suppose all endeavors have their share of paraphernalia - the bits and pieces of gear you need to do what you are doing. In tenkara, we are told you only need a rod, a line and a fly. In keiryu fishing (at least in the Japanese style, fishing with bait) you also need a bait box.

A customer, Les Albjerg, got interested (and then excited) about keiryu fishing - to the point that he started a worm farm (worm fishing for trout is extremely effective). About the same time, Jared K stated on his "Your Keiryu Stories" submission that he wanted one of the wooden Japanese bait boxes. Les asked about the boxes so I sent him a photo. He got excited again. As it happens, he is a woodworker who has learned the Japanese method of wood turning. He currently makes duck and goose calls, and tampers for espresso machines (to make it right you have to have one). He contacted me and offered to make traditional Japanese wooden bait boxes. It did not take me long to say "yes."

Wooden Bait Box

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Nov 15, 2016

My First Experience Making and Using Horsehair Line

My First Experience Making and Using Horsehair Line Recently I ordered a couple of horsehair line kits from Chris Stewart at TenkaraBum, figuring I’d

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Walk softly and carry a long stick. - Teddy Roosevelt (almost)

Tenkara has no strict rules. Enjoy tenkara in your own way.
- Eiji Yamakawa

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