Sunline Tenkara Tapered Line

The Sunline Tenkara Tapered Line is an 8m clear tapered fluorocarbon single filament line. It comes in two different versions, the "Extra Cast" and the "Long Cast." The Extra Cast version starts with 4m of size 3.5 line, then a 3m taper from size 3.5 to size 1.5, and then 1m of size 1.5. The Long Cast version starts with 5m of size 4.5 line, then a 2m taper from size 4.5 to size 1.5, and then 1m of size 1.5.

With a longer, heavier butt section and a faster taper, the Long Cast will be easier to cast, and a better choice for beginners. The lighter Extra Cast version will be a bit more difficult to cast, but will be easier to hold off the water's surface. It may not be for experts only, but it is the version that experts would choose.

With an 8m length, one might think that the Sunline Tenkara Tapered Line is exclusively for honryu tenkara. However, you can cut the line down for use in mountains streams as opposed to main streams. If you do choose to shorten the line, be sure to cut from the butt end, not the tippet end.

Because the line is clear, you will not be able to watch the line for strike detection. In my limited experience fishing honryu tenkara, that would not have been a problem. As soon as the fly hit the water, I started gently pulsing the fly. After 4-5 pulses I picked up for another cast. With the short drifts and the pulses, the fly was never able to sink more than a few inches below the surface and was constantly in motion.

The strikes were not subtle.  In most cases there was no need to watch the line because the strikes were very nearly as splashy as a trout hitting a dry fly. The one strike I didn't see was because I got distracted and stopped pulsing, when I looked back at the line, it was perfectly straight when it should have been sagging. I only had to tighten the line a bit more to set the hook.

The Sunline Tenkara Tapered Line is the ultimate in stealth. If you have ever been concerned that your hi-vis line might scare the fish, this line will put your mind at ease. The fish will have a hard time seeing a clear fluorocarbon line. Of course, so will you, which makes fly manipulation critical.

Actually, the line is not just the ultimate in stealth, it also is the ultimate challenge in tenkara fishing. First, you cannot watch the line to know where your fly landed. You have to be able to put your fly where you wanted it.  Second, you cannot watch the line for strike detection. You have to induce the fish to take your fly aggressively enough for you to see the take.

Sunline Buttobi Tenkara Tapered Line - Long Cast
Sunline Tenkara Tapered Line
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Sunline Buttobi Tenkara Tapered Line - Extra Cast
Sunline Tenkara Tapered Line
Extra Cast - $12.50

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