by Steve Brockwell
I've been fishing "Tenkara" style for a couple of years. I put Tenkara
in quotes because I use a cheap Chinese knockoff collapsible rod 12 feet
long without a cork grip. I usually use 10 feet of a red thin
monofilament and 4 feet of #6 leader line. The fly I use the most is a
home-tied Utah Killer Bug size 10. Sometimes I use a tiny black gnat
but its rare. I have about $30 dollars in my rig. Add a necklace of
para cord with medicine bottles for flies and a set of fingernail
clippers and cheap forceps and I'm ready.
I like to fish ponds here in Oklahoma like the 3 little ponds at a roadside park not too far away. Yesterday I fished there for 90 minutes and caught 90 fish. I quit when I lost my fly. Its not unusual for me to catch 100 or more on a decent day. I catch crappie, largemouth bass, catfish, bluegill and sunfish. Most are small but when you start getting one pound Rock bass or a 2 pound largemouth you can really have fun.
No expensive rod (couldn't justify the cost when I started) very little variety in flies.
Like I said, I think I'm doing it wrong but I am having fun. To me its just fishing. Quiet, fun, genuinely relaxing.
Oct 8, 2020
You can't go wrong getting out fishing!
By Les Albjerg
Steve - I began my Tenkara adventure using a cheap Chinese rod. My question is "Why settle for hamburger when you can have a Wagu (Japanese) steak?" I have found the JDM rods to provide a fishing experience that far outweighs the expense of the rod. They cast better. You can feel every shake and move of the fish. The bend profiles give you a thrill every time you fight a fish. The fit and finish is pleasing too. One of the guys I follow on YouTube who fishes in Idaho, like me, just did a video fishing a Nissin rod after fishing a cheap Chinese import for a long time. He couldn't say enough good things about the Nissin. When I have the opportunity to fish, I want the best equipment to maximize my experience. My time is worth investing in a good rod! If you get any of the TenkaraBum rods you will be amazed at the difference. The TenkaraBum 40 has become my go to rod.
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