TenkaraBum.com is located in
New York City, which is essentially locked down.
Package pickup has
been suspended. My neighborhood post office is closed. I go outside as little as possible because I am in an "at risk" group.
TenkaraBum.com is still open, for now. Next shipments tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, April 8 (rain in the forecast).
Most international flights have been cancelled, so there is no ETA for out-of-stock items that come from Japan.
by Les Albjerg
I have purchased 2 Nissin PALS Fuji Style SP Pro Tenkara Lines, one in 6 meter and one in 4 meter. I fished the 4 meter today with my Suntech Genryu Sawanobori 45. I have fished the 6 meter with my Nissin Kyogi. These tapered lines from Japan are worth the investment if you are looking for a line that can really turn over a beadhead or large fly.
I was fishing in blustery weather today. One minute it was calm, the next minute I was getting blasted by a gust of wind. It was sunny, it was cloudy. I was snowed on! The Nissin tapered line could handle it all.
I have been experimenting a lot with lines over the last few months. Like Chris, I really do like level lines. I have made some of my own tapered lines too. That said, the convenience of these lines and the quality are hard to beat.
This was my first time fishing with my new Suntech Genryu Sawanobori 45, and I like the way this line loads the rod. I am planning on trying it on my Suntech GM Suikei Keiryu Special 44 to see how it works with a rod that is much more flexible.
I also like the unique method of attaching the line to the lillian. It is so simple and really holds the line well.
The line was easy to cast, and manipulate my beadheaded mummy worms. The only bummer today is I caught no fish! I had one good hit, and the line transmitted it very well to the hand. These lines are well made, and ready to fish.
Chris is right, these lines are a little harder to keep off the water. That said, fishing a beadhead deep, and for punching the wind, these are great lines. The biggest thing I have learned over the last couple of months is having the right line makes a big difference in how easy it is to fish with a fixed line rig.
It was a nasty day, but seeing a flock of swans fly less than 20 feet overhead and settle on the Snake River made up for a fishless day. My first fishless day fishing fixed line!
I would highly recommend anyone reading my review to spend some time in the "Line and Tippet" section of this website. Chris offers a great education in lines as well as selling an awesome variety. You should be able to find lines that make your rods sing.
“The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten” – Benjamin Franklin
"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
As age slows my pace, I will become more like the heron.
The hooks are sharp.
The coffee's hot.
The fish are slippery when wet.
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