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Most of the rods and accessories reviewed on TenkaraBum.com are things I've purchased for my own use. There are already a lot more tenkara rods available in the US than I expected there to be. I won't be able to buy them all. The list of possible accessories is endless.

Also, feel free to review a rod or accessory I've already reviewed - and feel free to disagree with me. I think having a range of views on a particular rod or line will help new tenkara anglers choose which rod (or rods), lines and accessories will best fit their needs.

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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 …

Field Master 44 - Count me impressed! 
Today, I received my Field Master 44. I will tell you that I debated long and hard over whether to go 39 or the 44. With my recent purchase of a Fine …

Nissin fine mode 270 
I guess it doesn't matter how you come to Tenkara as long as you come to it. I got interested in Tenkara from youtube videos I found while learning to …

Pipe Thread Seal Tape for Grip Screw Caps 
Pipe Thread Seal Tape for Grip Screw Cap I claim no originality for this idea, but my wife and I have found that pipe thread seal tape helps to prevent …

Pete's Knot Picker 
Occasionally, I get a knot in my Tenkara fluorocarbon level line. It seems it usually happens when I try to check up my cast to make it shorter and mis-time …

Chris AKA TenkaraBum 
I would like to share my thoughts on a guy I have never met. Chris. I got hooked (pun intended) on tenkara 5 yrs ago. The more I fished with this method …

Suntech GM Suikei Keiryu Special (Mountain Stream Special) 
I received this recently and took it out today for the first time. It's a tip flex rod which gets progressively stouter towards the handle. There's two …

Suntech Kurenai HM39R 
When I started fishing tenkara rods some years ago, the second rod I purchased was a 3.9m rod. I thought its bright green crest on black graphite beautiful. …

Sakura Seki Rei 
My initial thoughts after taking the rod out of the tube, "wow, this thing is light." It wasn't until a couple days ago that I finally got to use the rod …

Suntech Aoi ZPRO 53 First Fishing 
Spring has sprung and the fish have begun their annual migration back into the small warm water streams from their winter hideouts in deep pools and connecting …

jstan 
How do you attach flies to your tippet when using 2 or more flies?

Tenkarabum 36 
I was looking at buying a Shimotsuke Mai. I have also been considering the Tbum 36 and thought it might be a viable rival to the Shimotsuke. I like …

Badger Tenkara UNC 
Through the last five (or so) years fishing tenkara exclusively I developed a tendency to prefer shorter tenkara rods over the longer ones (that's just …

Speak softly and carry a Kurenai Long 61 
Chris told me this rod would spoil me. He was absolutely right. First impression: so light for 6 meters. I did cast it some one-handed just to see if it …

Great experience! 
Thank you Chris for the outstanding products you sell and the professional services you provide. I received my Nissin Royal Stage very quickly and I have …

Daiwa Kiyose 43M 
Oh yeah! Another outstanding keiryu rod from Tenkarabum, the Kiyose 43M is light enough to fish one handed, accurate casting at both rod length adjustments, …

Followup fishing 
Last week while fishing a local creek for brookies with my trusty 71/2' 3wt (fun rod) I was tying on another fly and noted a rather large (14-16") rainbow …

Nissin Pro Spec 320 
My son and I recently discovered a stretch of blue line waters with a nice population of wild browns and native brooks. With Chris's help I decided to …

Tenkara Bum 36 Rod 
All there is to say is Wow! I received my new Tenkara Bum 36 rod this week and if you are looking for one rod to fish kebari, bead head nymphs or overhand …

Suntech HM39R / Large Rod Case 
My new Zerosum Oni 450 has changed my long standing rod action preference. It casts so beautifully I have become spoiled. I've come to realize that I …

Nissin Zerosum Oni Tenkara 450 
I recently got to try out my new Oni 450. My wife and I went up to the Rio Costilla area in Northern New Mexico. I fished the river and Latir Lake #3 …

Carp Rod is not Just for Carp!! 
I seem to be bucking the current often these days. I have been fishing fixed line for the last year and for the last 6 months exclusively .... I found …

Suntech Kurenai HM33R 
I don't have anything bad to say about this rod. I recently acquired this rod from this site about two weeks ago along with size 3 Sunline level line …

Daiwa Sagiri 54MC 2way zoom 
I fished a Daiwa Sagiri 54MC today, out of production but regularly available on Ebay. I have had mine for about 3 years but have not used it much. …

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Nissin Fine Mode Kosansui 270 
I have used the Nissin Fine Mode Kosansui 270 for two fishing seasons for work and it excels at small streams. I have mainly cast dry flies (size 14-16 …

Micro fishing NH 
My mother bought me the Suntech Kurenai HM30R for my 15th birthday. I've had a blast with it. Its a great micro fishing rod and handles flies on the trout …

Tippet Pouch  
I think I've found my complete minimalist system. At the core is the BW Tippet Pouch, but I've made a few modifications. The first addition was a camera …

Nissin ProSpec 320 6:4 - initial thoughts 
The weather finally cooperated enough for me to be able to try my new ProSpec 320 6:4 on some small overgrown streams that have small fish. The other …

Handy Pak Net Company Net 
Yesterday in the mail I received a new folding net from the Handy Pak Net Company. I loved that the net is made in the U.S., in fact about an hour south …

Nissin Air Stage Honryu 380 
I got to fish my new Nissin Honryu 380 today. I wasn't sure if I would like it just wiggling it out of the box. It's a much softer rod than what I've …

Sakasa Kebari on circle hooks are effective 
I wanted to share a hook to consider to help prevent deep hooking when using tenkara, keiryu, and seiryu rods. Try using circle hooks for your wet and …

Shimano Folding Net 
The Shimano Folding Net encompasses the ideaology behind tenkara- simplicity! One might say it's complicated mechanics actually prove me wrong but the …

Nissin Zerosum 360 7:3 
The Zerosum rods are classic JDM quality. True tenkara rods and absolutely the Crown Jewels in my rod collection. These have it all, light, sensitive, …

Nissin Fine Mode Kosansui 320!!!!! 
I have to admit, I love this series of rods! I own both the 270 and the 320, have the 360 on order, and am about to buy a 390. IMO this series is the best …

Daiwa Kiyose 39SF 
It's almost unbelievable how effective nymphing with this rod is over a fly rod. Bluegill, rock bass, smallmouth, largemouth and trout; it's like picking …

Nissin Fine Mode 270 Kosansui 
Wow, what a value packed rod! Super light, ultra sensitive, and can still have power to turn bigger surprises. I think this rod, and the series, has …

Suntech Kurenai 
I have both the Suntech Kurenai HM30R and HM33R. These are fantastic rods that cast so smooth. I love the way the rod loads transmitting such a great feel. …

Suntech GMR Special II 36NP 
I absolutely love this rod! The combination of a soft tip with nice backbone is, as the name states, Special. The accuracy with this rod is amazing. I …

Big Browns on Kiyose 43MF  
I am a big fan of Chris Stewart and Tenkara Bum. He has been my primary inspiration for all things Tenkara, both education and gear. The first rod I …

Pro-Spec 7:3 vs Advertised Triple Zoom rod. 
For about one year now, I've been fishing the Nissin Pro-Spec 7:3. The first time out with the rod I knew it was a special rod and it quickly became my …

Gamakatsu “Ultimate” Tanago Hooks Review 
Even though the Gamakatsu “Ultimate” hooks are small, they are highly effective at catching those tiny hard to hook micros, particularly those micros that …

Shimotsuke Miyako Tanago Rod Review 
When it comes to close quarters sight fishing for micros, I have never been more impressed with the performance of a rod/pole than I have with the Shimotsuke …

Nissin Honryu 380 QUICK REVIEW 
If any rod deserves to be named after Ebisu (who was a god) then it is the Nissin Honryu 380. First off this rod seemingly casts in slow motion. It puts …

Tenkara for Wounded Warriors 
I had the privilege of participating as a fishing buddy at a Project Healing Warriors retreat at Broken Bow, OK this week. One of the young wounded warriors …

First Outing With The 390 Ex-Stiff Nissin Air Stage Rod  
Well I got the EX-Stiff Nissin Air Stage rod out for a couple of hours last evening, and a dozen or so nice bluegill were caught and released. I also had …

TFO Soft Hackle Rod 
I bought the TFO 11'6" Soft Hackle rod as a Christmas present for myself with my wife's permission of course. I finally had an opportunity to use it twice …

Making Titanium lines more visible 
The wind really blows a lot here in the West, and I am preparing my rig for such occasions. I am going to try out the 15' Titanium line, but with a slight …

Shimotsuke Kosasa 210 
I received my Kosasa rod from Chris about a week ago. When I took it out of the package I was astounded. It was very light and super soft. Are you sure …

Tenkara as Yoga? 
Well, maybe not. But my newest acquisition to carry my tenkara, keiryu, seiryu rods, and everything else I might need, including all the fly boxes in …

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Quivers and Velcro 
I'd like to share some things I've been doing with rod and line transport and management. I've made two Ebira type quivers from pack cloth material I found …

What is your favorite line? 
What is your most often used / favorite tenkara line? And, what length and color do you prefer?

The 27 and a rod sock 
I've always been told I do things bass akwards and now I'm sure of it. Just purchased your Shimotsuke rod sock and the Medium rod tube as well as some …

Nissin Fine Mode 330 
The right way to buy a rod to is to tell Chris what you hope to do with it, and also be very honest with yourself about what conditions you fish in most …

Replacement Part Experience 
Earlier this year I purchased from Chris a Daiwa Kiyose 30SF rod. On its maiden fishing outing, I was not paying attention and when collapsing the rod …

Replacement parts 
I can think of no better way than to support chris's integrity than to relay my story. In the excitement of my first fish I broke the tip of my Nissin …

The perfect starter kit for me 
I am a rank beginner at fly fishing. Looked online and found rods from $65 to $350 in various lengths and flex points (I now learn). I decided I needed …

Nissin Pro Spec 2 Way 7:3 
I've just bought the Pro Spec 2 Way 7:3 rod to fish small, well wooded streams for wild brown trout & grayling up to 16 inches. The zoom facility is …

Suntech Kurenai H30 
My Kurenai H30 just may be my favorite rod. It fits the size of stream I enjoy fishing the most. I have used 2 different lines, 8' #3 tenkara line - …

All Fishing Buy Yokoshima 270 tenkara rod 
Received this rod a few days ago and fished once with it and now I'll give my first impressions to those who it might interest. The (not so) bad: …

TFO Soft Hackle  
In the hunt for the perfect tenkara rod I'm afraid I'm becoming a tenkara junkie. The tenkara rods I got 2 or 3 years ago I bought out of curiosity …

Learning takes time! 
I know learning takes time, but wish I could have read the post "Its all about fishing", or the other very good one "Why I sell rods that aren't tenkara …

Maxima 4X tippet, tough as hell! 
I used to use fluorcarbon tippets for my warmwater activities chiefly when it comes to small snook tenkara fishing. Snook perhaps don't have teeth but …

Tenkara in Canada 
Just returned from our Canadian trip of 4552 miles. Fished the Bow River in Banff NP and the Sumwampta in Jasper NP. These are wide, deep and very, very …

Kiyose - Tanago or Hidden Gem? 
Wet my Kiyose today in a favourite closed in overgrown mountain stream. I bought the 9' model (2.7m) precisely for this use, as the shorter Soyokaze were …

Daiwa Sagiri 
I have fished over a dozen times with the Daiwa Sagiri and I am quickly finding it my rod of choice for small stream fishing. It's ability to cast light …

Daiwa Kiyose 30SF as a tool for tight line (Czech or Polish) nymphing  
I wrote a story previously about using the Daiwa Kiyose 30SF for small stream dry fly fishing. This story is about using the Daiwa Kiyose 30SF as an …

My favorite level line spools... 
I haven't understood why these spools haven't received more publicity. Granted, they aren't as high tech or fancy as other spools, and they aren't as durable. …

Zuri Tabi 
It may be that no-one will believe me, but my acquiring Zuri tabi had absolutely nothing to do with an interest in tenkara angling. I actually thought …

Amnesia Indicator Bumps 
Hey folks, Like many people out there, I spent a fair amount of time trying to convince myself that Amnesia would make a good line for a tenkara rod. …

Soyokaze 27SR Stress Test 
I got the Soyokaze 27SR today. I have been fishing with an Amago from Tenkara USA for two years. The Soyokaze 27SR looked very light. Had to try it so …

Daiwa Soyokaze 27SR 
I purchased the Daiwa Soyokaze 27SR to have a second 9-foot rod to fish for wild brook trout in the mountain streams of New England, some stretches of …

9' Soyokaze - Perfect "Tenkara Extreme" Rod for Small Stream Trout 
I started around 12 pm at the Bridge Pool. I managed one tiny Chub and a 1 Brown. The rod performed so well the little guys never had a chance. Went to …

Jintan Markers 
These are almost the same as the little rubber bobber stops. There are a few different manufactures of these. They come on a thin double metal line. You …

Kasugo-4209 review; part 2 
The first part of the Kasugo-4209 review gave an overview of the physical characteristics of the rod. Part 2 will review the on stream characteristics. …

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Fountainhead Tenkara Rods 
I purchased a Fountainhead Caddis 330 and Stonefly 360. I can tell the difference between the 2 rods but it is hard. These are my first tenkara rods and …

Tenkara USA net mesh review 
When I started Tenkara I decided that I would need a net. Although traditional Tenkara nets are pretty cool looking, very functional, and works of art …

Kasugo-4209 review; part 1 
I recently purchased a Kasugo-4209 Tenkara rod and I thought that I would post a review. I bought the rod, not out of need, but out of curiosity. I have …

Wading Gaiters (as worn by Dr Ishgaki and sold by Chris) 
Immediately bought a pair when Chris got them in. They are extremely high quality and seem perfectly designed for the intended use, better than the modified …

Tenkara USA Ito 
Already an owner of a 12' Iwana & 13' 6" Amago, I decided to buy the new Ito this October. I do a lot of grayling fishing on my local UK rivers & …

Horse hair fly lines are the best ones 
I recently came to Tenkara style and after having tested some standard Tenkara lines, I came to the horse hair lines proposed by TenkaraBum. I discovered …

TenkaraBum Hi Vis level line 
Hi Chris, Line received over here in Wales, thanks for the little extras too. I've not had a chance to try it yet, heavy rain and dirty rising rivers …

AllFishingBuy Tenkara Kasugo 4509 
In between lines and entering a fishless period, so figured I may as well write this up now and ammend it later as needed. Shortly after receiving my …

Universal Tenkara Unagi-4205 
Igor at Allfishingbuy asked me some time ago what I would like in a tenkara rod suited to saltwater applications and larger fish up to the 10lb range and …

Wakata 14-footer 
I had been struggling with whether to get into Tenkara for about three years now when I stumbled upon this website early in 2011. Thanks to Tenkara Bum …

Shimano LLS36 NX 
Every year at this time I decide to use some of the money that I have loaned the IRS for up to fifteen months at no interest to make a purchase. This …

Sakura Kongo Review 
I just got a 3.6m Sakura Kongo and fished it for the first time yesterday. I thought I'd give you my impressions of it. I have to say it is a very beautiful …

TenkaraBum Hi-Vis Fluorocarbon Hand-tied Line 
I've used TenkaraBum level fluorocarbon and artificial horsehair lines in the past. I've really enjoyed using the artificial horsehair lines and appreciate …

Prospecting For Trout 
Prospecting For Trout by Tom Rosenbauer is one of the best small stream fishing books I have come across. I know that because I work for Orvis some …

Ebira Rod Quiver 
I am a new convert to Tenkara. I have fished with my new Iwana 12' rod 6 times now. When I purchased the rod, I also ordered the new Ebira quiver from …

Patagonia Riverwalker Sticky Wading Boot 
Ok, I have taken the leap of faith and switched to rubber soled wading boots this summer. I have been averaging 3 days of fishing per week since June …

Fishpond Slippery Rock Pro Wading Staff 
After recently moving to Southern California this summer I found myself in need of a good wading staff. The local rivers and stream beds are mostly softball …

Fishpond Red Tail Wader Belt System w/accessories 
I have been looking all summer for the best minimalist pack system for my Tenkara fishing. I have tried 3 other packs, bags, and lanyards. Each different …

Fishpond San Juan Vertical Chest Pack 
For the first two years that I fly fished, I wore a vest. I was a fly fisherman, and all fly fisherman use vests, right? At least that's what I thought …

9 foot Wakata 
I first put this review on another site but it seems appropriate here with Tim Nitz's review along with Chris Stewart's. I will review the 13 foot Wakata …

Wakata 9' 6:4 Rod Initial Impressions 
I want to be very clear about this. I received my Wakata rod on Monday and it's now Wednesday. My only other tenkara-based rod is an 11' Tenkara USA Iwana …

Daiwa One Touch Net - Review 
I recently received the net from Chris. Upon arrival, it rained in deluge proportions for two weeks. It's summer here, and Australia is meant to be a …

AllFishingBuy Universal Tenkara Unagi 4505 
Readers should read Randy Knapp's "Top 10 Ways to Break a Tenkara Rod or Telescoping Fishing Pole." These rods demand that kind of care - if your fishing …

Tenkara Bum Hi Vis Level Line 
Here's a little story about your hi vis level line. I went to a local subdivision pond a few weeks ago, mostly to throw spinners at the population of …

Daiwa Soyokaze Rods 
The Soyokaze rods are my current favorites, despite earlier notions that there was no advantage to 9' or shorter rods (see my earlier review on the 9' …

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Fujino White Soft Tenkara Line  
Last weekend, I was lucky enough to be able to attend the Tenkara Jam in Cherokee NC and fish the local streams. While in the area, I wanted to fish small …

Daiwa Hamon J 5.4m 
Waited all day Saturday for my surprise gift, A Daiwa Hamon J. supposed to be delivered Monday but someone had told me USPS sometimes brings things early, …

Nissin Air Stage Hakubai 390 and Small Fish 
In late August of 2015 I ordered my first seiryu rod, a Nissin Air Stage Hakubai 390, and began fishing it September 1. Wow! Double Wow! No wonder Chris …

Nissin Air Stage 240 for Bluegill 
Chris, just purchased one of these a couple of weeks ago and what a delight. Was using at a nice County Pond and the temp was 55 (windy and cold feeling) …

Shimano Honryu 44NP 
I can sum up my review quickly. Amazing level line rod!! The Shimano Keiryu Tenkara 34-38ZL rod has always been a favorite rod of mine. When I first found …

Tenkara Hooks 
I've now had the chance to tie on and fish with a few eyeless tenkara hooks, and I'm starting to get a feel for them. First, some general observations …

Nissin Pro Spec 320 7:3 
I live on a ranch with a small creek here in Colorado and the Nissin Pro Spec 320 7:3 works wonders in the tight casting lanes. There are a few spots …

Suntech Keiryu Sawanobori 63 
I fished the Kieryu Sawanobori exclusively this summer during a trip to the Sierras, trying different rigs and styles in everything from large lakes to …

Kiyotaki 24 
I purchased the Kiyotaki 24 last year at the same time as the Fine Mode Kosansui 270; these were to be used for work where a 12 ft rod was too long for …

Camo Tippet Fly Pouch 
I've made some field modifications to the Tippet Fly Pouch I bought from you last year. I've modified the strap system by adding a small buckle. The …

Ti Net 
Likes: Made in the USA Extremely lightweight, 2.5 oz Strong Handle is at the perfect angle Handle looks great and has an excellent finish …

Kenkara 
I'm up in beautiful Montana for the summer and just used my two new rods, a Diawa 43M and a Nissin Fujiryu 6:4 410. I fish the Madison a lot, really …

Most fish caught - personal best from day 1! 
Tax return season. Love it. This year I bought a Rhodo starter kit from Tenkara USA. Yesterday was my fist time using. Taking my daughter to work I stopped …

Suntech Kurenai HM30R 
Chris...the Kurenai 30 rod I just received is everything you said it would be. From the moment I first touched it, I felt an incredible connection with …

Maxima 3x tippet  
This tippet is a cheap, tough and transparent leader material,I caught sea mullet up to 5 lbs. Also used to catch dusky flathead on lures. They have very …

Shimotsuke tenkara starter kit 
The Shimotsuke starter kit is a setup which includes 3.3m or 3.6m Shimotsuke tenkara rod, Yamatoyo size 3 or 3.5 level line and two small line spools. …

Nissin Fine Mode Nagare 330 
First impression of the Nissin Fine Mode Nagare 330 Two weeks ago I asked Chris some advise regarding a new rod I was looking for. There are no trout …

Shimano Kozuka Series 
I have all lengths Chris offers of this model and it is becoming my favorite all purpose Tenkara/Keiryu rod. The rod has a light and smooth action …

Shimano Kozuka saves day 
I bought the amazingly compact Shimano Kozuka to carry with me mountain biking. Time after time I come across a lively hatch while on a ride. I return …

Nissin Air Stage 190 
I received my 190 today and all I can say is WOW! This little rod is an absolute work of art. Beautiful blue/green sparkle finish, light action, only …

Nissin Fine Mode 330 
I purchased this rod last summer from Chris and it has a superb slow and light action just perfect for fishing smaller streams between 10 and 40 foot wide, …

Using Titanium wire for Czech Nymphing 
Chris, I really like your idea of using a Titanium line and a short tippet for Czech Nymphing. Like you mentioned, the Titanium line sinks faster, therefore …

Nissin Pro Square 320 6:4 Rod 
The Pro Square 320 6:4 is one of my first higher end style tenkara rod. I really like the fact you can feel the rod load even with lighter 3.5 line …

Titanium, THE line!! 
Received my titanium line 2 days ago and this morning (5 am) I went to test cast it at the beach. The day was badly overcast with some rain and strong …

Nissin Airstage Honryu and my biggest trout  
I like my Nissin Airstage Honryu 4505. I have tried 2-3 different lines and it has worked well with all. I used 15' of #4, 1' of #2 and a leader of 2' …

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Killer Bugger Big Hit with Large Mouth Bass 
I received my Killer Bugger kits Tuesday. Tied 3 black and two white KBs Wednesday. Thursday became a one fly day because I was having so much fun catching …

Nymphing 
On my last trip it was the first time that I had used my new Sagiri. Fished a little on Wednesday and had some success. Had better luck on Thursday most …

Daiwa LT39SF / Daiwa Kiyose 30SF 
Just returned from a recent fishing trip. Fished my Daiwa LT39SF and Kiyose 30SF rods for the first time. I usually fish my Amago and Iwana at this river …

Daiwa Kiyose 30SF - Wow! 
The rod arrived here Thursday as I was leaving for a 3 day back country weekend. Thanks for such prompt shipping! Wow! I am an extremely accomplished …

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