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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.

Apr 02, 2020

This Just In...

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

Medium and Large Rod Cases Light weight, semi-rigid, inexpensive rod cases. Back in stock.

Daiwa Keiryu Damo 25cm Tenkara sized and shaped net. Round 10" hoop. Black net bag. Back in stock.

Wide-Eyed Hooks Originally designed as replacement hooks for small spoons, these hooks make very nice kebari and Overhand Worms. Back in stock.

Micro Fishing Tippet Connectors They make it very easy to attach snelled tanago hooks to your main line. Back in stock.

Mar 29, 2020

Suntech PROSPEC RC

The Suntech PROSPEC RC rods are a new series of three-position zoom keiryu rods. The RC stands for Range Change - highlighting the versatility of adjusting the rod length for different stream widths.

The rods come in three versions, soft (中硬), medium (硬中硬), and stiff (硬調). The soft is really quite reminiscent of the discontinued Suikei ZPRO, the medium is somewhat similar to the Keiryu Special 53 (also discontinued) or the Field Master 53. The stiff is stiffer than the Field Master.

Suntech PROSPEC RC52 soft

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Mar 26, 2020

This Just In...

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

Owner Micro Fishing Rigs Line, float, markers, shot, hook. All you need except for rod, line winder and bait. New Items.

Wakasagi Rigs Multiple hook rigs, similar to sabiki rigs for micros. New Items.

Mar 22, 2020

Keeping your distance - keeping your sanity

These are strange times! Good thing we have a solitary sport. At least most of the time. Early yesterday morning I had to run some errands for my wife

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Mar 21, 2020

Shimano Maystone 36 NW

The Shimano Maystone 36 NW is a bit different from any other tenkara rod. It doesn't have a lillian. It has a wood insert in it's cork grip.

It has a hook holder.

It appears that the design goal was to make a tenkara rod that would appeal to fly fishermen.

Having read the above, you might think I don't like the rod. Actually, I do. A lot. The Shimano Maystone 36 NW is really a very nice rod.

Shimano Maystone 36 NWTom D. Photo

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Mar 18, 2020

This Just In...

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

Rodio-craft Blinde Flanker New colors of the .5g Rodio-craft Blinde Flanker spoon. Back in stock.

Mar 18, 2020

Chadwick's No. 477

Several holidays ago, my wife purchased 30 feet of the original Chadwick’s No. 477 yarn, which Frank Sawyer used to tie his Killer Bug. This grayish, pinkish

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Mar 12, 2020

This Just In...

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

Wader Gaiter Protect your expensive waders from thorns, barbed wire, your own flies, etc. Also provides come cushioning when kneeling for stealth. Back in stock.

Mar 06, 2020

This Just In...

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

Suntech Fine Power NP66 Truly excellent keiryu rod. About the longest length before rods get a bit too much inertia. Back in stock.

Nissin Oni Line size 3.5, both pink and orange Very popular, extremely visible level line. Back in stock.

Varivas 5X Nylon Tippet Excellent tippet in most popular strength for tenkara. Back in stock.

New Half Moon Snelled Tanago Hooks Versatile hook for micro fishing. Back in stock.

Tanago Floats The standard. Back in stock.

Mar 04, 2020

This Just In...

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

Dr. Slick Spring Creek Clamps Curved clamps with very sharp points. Excellent for micro fishing. Back in stock.

Feb 28, 2020

Two Types of Lightweight Tenkara Trips

Recently I’ve been enjoying two kinds of ultralight tenkara trips that I would like to share with readers. I’m fortunate to live in South Central Texas,

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Feb 25, 2020

This Just In...

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

Nissin Tanago Koro Nice 5' tanago rod. Back in stock.

Daiwa Hinata 3' tanago rod for when you can get close. Back in stock.

Feb 24, 2020

More Fish: Isla Mujeres 2020

Here's some more saltwater fish. The Power Isome Sandworms are my go to bait, mainly because I can't find shrimp on the island. Every restaurant sells

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Feb 24, 2020

SALTWATER FUN: ROCKS, DOCK AND BEACH

Our trip to Isla Mujeres Mexico this winter featured much improved weather compared to last year's five inches of rain. My fishing began as usual with

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Feb 11, 2020

Kids Tenkara Rod

A Kids Tenkara Rod should be light enough for a kid to handle and have an action that will teach proper casting form.

I've offered kids rods for years, and for years I have been at least mildly dissatisfied with them. Up until now, I've offered rods that were short and inexpensive. Short because a shorter, lighter rod is easier for a small child to handle. Inexpensive because a lot of parents don't want to spend a lot of money on a rod that a kid will soon outgrow.

However, I now think a better approach is to not focus on a "Kids Tenkara Rod" at all, but instead to choose a rod that is light enough for a kid to handle, but one that is long enough and nice enough that a kid isn't going to outgrow it.



Nissin Pro Square Super Tenkara 320 6:4

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Feb 10, 2020

How Many Tenkara Rods Do You Have?

The other day one of my fishing friends asked me, How many Tenkara rods do you have? My answer was, I don't really know - I have never gotten them all

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Feb 09, 2020

Crane Creek: Knowing vs. Doing

We're at an interesting point in American Tenkara. After ten years, Tenkara is widely known in the fly fishing world, has attracted enthusiastic participants

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Feb 04, 2020

The Long and Short of It

I debated and debated about getting a rod around 3.3 meters. To be honest, several of the creeks I fish locally are just too brushy for my 4 meter rods,

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Jan 31, 2020

This Just In...

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

Daiwa Expert Tenkara LT H44 In my opinion, the best "Big Fish" tenkara rod on the planet. Back in stock.

Jan 30, 2020

This Just In...

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

Nissin Air Stage Honryu 450 Surprisingly light, smooth casting, capable Honryu Tenkara rod. Back in stock.

Suntech Field Master Suguru Long H54 Nice, light weight keiryu rod for 8X-4X tippet. Back in stock.

Tenkara Creel TrailLite Designs creel weighs little and folds almost flat. Back in stock.

Flies Killer Bug, Killer Bugger, Keeper Kebari, Royal Sakasa Kebari. Back in stock.

Gamakatsu Ultimate Tanago hooks with extremely short points for the smallest fish. Back in stock.

Gamakatsu Smallest Tanago hooks with longer points for the larger fish (chubs, juvenile sunfish, etc). Back in stock.

Owner "Reluctant Wakasagi" rigs Multi-hook rig, similar to a sabiki rig, with tanago sized hooks. Back in stock.

Snelled Ayu hooks Appropriate size and shape for flies that would look like Ayu flies (gold leaf not included). New item.

Tenjo Line Hi-vis fluorocarbon line for the top section of a keiryu rig. Back in stock.

Jan 28, 2020

Yokohama Fishing Show

On January 17 and 18 I attended the Yokohama Fishing Show as a guest of Tenryu. My primary goal for the show was to visit with Tenryu Chairman Miyoshi Shiozawa, Fishing Tackle Division Manager Takuya Shiozawa and product development and sales personnel to discuss their new Rayz and Rayz Spectra spinning and baitcasting rods.

However, I did get to meet Sebata san, who is rightfully a legend among tenkara anglers, and to see Dr. Ishigaki, who was at the show to give a tenkara lecture and casting demonstration. I also met my arch competitor, Keiichi Okushi, who is living proof that competitors can be friends, and with whom I hope to fish on a subsequent trip to Japan (as long as he promises we won't be climbing up any waterfalls, which seems to be central to his genryu fishing).

I was also fortunate enough to meet a maker of Edo Wazao, traditional Japanese bamboo rods; and a tyer of Banshu Kebari, traditional Japanese flies for Ayu fishing.



With Sebata san and Chairman Shiozawa

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Jan 23, 2020

The Two-Feather Fly or Hatchmaster

There’s something about delicate dry flies and tenkara that go together. A sensitive tenkara rod allows for a light, drift-free presentation. When you

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Jan 09, 2020

What's my (your) line?

If you spend much time perusing this website, you will notice a lot of talk about what line you use with what rod or fly. This is totally appropriate

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Jan 04, 2020

Young Folks and Fishing

Well, it happened again yesterday. I was taking a nice 5-mile hike in the Bauer Unit of Guadalupe River State Park, just to work off some of that holiday

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Dec 28, 2019

As the Worm Turns!

Chris turned me on to my roots a couple of years ago going back to fishing with worms. I am so thankful for his articles on Upstream Worm fishing. You

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Dec 22, 2019

The Upstream Worm

Fishing "The Upstream Worm" is extremely productive but in the US has been forgotten. At one time, fishing a worm with a fly rod was common. No more. I can recall meeting only one person in the last 50 years who was fishing worms with a fly rod. He was fishing downstream.

In the summer of 2016, I wrote a trip report that I had entitled Ultralight Worm Fishing. Since then, I have received quite a number of comments from people who have tried it and said it was as productive for them as it had been for me.

I've just finished four parts of what will be a series of articles on fishing "The Upstream Worm." It builds on the Ultralight Worm Fishing trip report I did several years ago.

What prompted another look at the topic was Discover Tenkara's new project "Fishing Discoveries" and their new book on HC Cutcliffe. Although Cutcliffe is little known, all he is known for is wet flies. However, his book The Art of Trout Fishing on Rapid Streams also covers fishing the Upstream Worm. As is so often the case, one thing lead to another.



Stewart Tackle

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Dec 13, 2019

YouTube Resources

This post is simply a list of all the channels on YouTube I watch that depict various methods of Japanese fixed-line fishing. Typing the name of the channels

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Dec 10, 2019

This Just In...

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

Daiwa Sagiri 39 Light weight inexpensive zoom 34-39 seiryu rod. Back in stock.

Cultiva Micro Snaps and Tairiki Snaps Small, light snaps and snap swivels. Back in stock.

Dec 06, 2019

This Just In...



Rodio-craft Blinde Flanker .5g spoons Gold and silver back in stock. Also, two new colors.

Daiwa Keiryu-X 24 and 27 Short, stiff rods for big fish in small streams. Back in stock.

Dec 05, 2019

This Just In...

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

Gift Card Want to get something but not sure what to get? The Gift Card can be used towards anything on the site. Running out of time? The Gift Card is delivered at the speed of email. New item.

"Reluctant" Wakasagi Rig Multi-hook Wakasagi rig (similar to a sabiki rig) with hooks almost as small as tanago hooks. New item.

Dec 03, 2019

Nissin Tenkara Level Line Rods

The Nissin Tenkara Level Line rods were introduced last year. The full flex "level line" action is reminiscent of the Nissin Royal Stage 6:4 tenkara rods.

The Level Line rods are a little heavier, and that by itself will change the amount of inertia you feel as you wiggle the rod. The rods are similar, but clearly not the same.

The most noticeable difference, though, is not the rod weight, it is is the black EVA foam grip on the Nissin Tenkara Level Line rods. I believe EVA foam grips on tenkara rods were pioneered by Tenkara no Oni, and on premium quality rods no less. For anglers who value practicality over aesthetics they really do make a lot of sense.



Nissin Tenkara Level Line 360, Brown Trout

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Nov 29, 2019

Black Friday Sale

Black Friday Sale starts 9 AM EST

Black Friday Sale Selected Items on sale through Monday, December 2.

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Nov 24, 2019

Tenkara Today by Morgan Lyle

In Tenkara Today, Morgan Lyle weaves various threads of tenkara fishing, gear, early adopters and upstart companies to describe just how tenkara got to where it is today in the US.

Morgan Lyle is unquestionably the best person to put that all on paper. He was there from the beginning.

He has been intimately involved in tenkara from that moment on. He knows all the players, and not being a competitor, he gets all of them to talk. I was there from the beginning, too, but there's a lot in Tenkara Today that I didn't know.

Tenkara Today cover photo

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Nov 22, 2019

Fishing the 45s

The Nissin Air Stage Honryu 45 arrived earlier this week. Yesterday morning was a perfect day to get out and run it through its paces. I don't have that

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Nov 18, 2019

This Just In...

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

Nissin Tenkara Mini Two new lengths: 270 and 360. Same collapsed length (under 10") as the 320. The most compact tenkara rods to come out of Japan. 320 back in stock, 270 and 360 new items.

Nissin Zerosum 6:4 450 Honryu tenkara length in a soft, full flex rod. Back in stock.

Shimano Pack Tenkara 31-34 ZW Zoom rod with short collapsed length for backpacking. Shimano fans love it. Back in stock.

Daiichi 1100 size 26 Smallest practical hook for Killer Bugs and Killer Buggers - fly fishing for micros! Back in stock.

Nov 14, 2019

My New Keiryu Rod

I have been fly fishing and fly tying for over 35 yrs. In 2011 I read a Tenkara article written by Yvon Chouinard. This article inspired me to purchase

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Nov 14, 2019

Fishing With Kids - Gyotaku

I fish with my 9 year old niece quite often. She enjoys making Japanese Fish Prints(Gyotaku) from special fish she has caught. There are plenty of DIY

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Nov 12, 2019

This Just In...

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

Suntech Fine Power NP56 and NP66 Two of the nicest keiryu rods you will ever find. Back in stock.

Suntech FMX Keiryu stiff 45 and 54 Keiryu rods that are considerably nicer than the Nissin 450 or 540ZX. Back in stock.

Nissin Flying Dragon 530 and 620 carp rods Carp capability with a convenient collapsed length. Back in stock.

Fujino tapered nylon tenkara lines Extremely visible and with surprisingly good turnover for a nylon line. Try the 4.5m Midi with your 3.6m rod or the 5m Soft with your 4m rod. Back in stock.

Fujino Soft Tenkara Long Type 7m tapered nylon line For casting practice or honryu tenkara. Back in stock.

Owner Keiryu Rigs Two lines fully rigged, with tenjo line and markers. Split shot and extra hooks in the package. Back in stock.

Nov 12, 2019

Good barbless hooks

I just picked up more hooks to tie my favorite nymph pattern (mixed synthetic and natural dark reddish-brown dubbing with a 5/32 inch gold tungsten bead

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Nov 11, 2019

Trip Report - 11-10-19

The goal for the day was to try a longer line on a smaller stream. It wasn't a very long line or a very small stream, but I did want to try an 11' rod with a 14' line and 5' of tippet. Up until a few weeks ago, I would have fished an 11' rod with an 11' line and a tippet of just over 3'.

For most of the day, I fished with a Nissin Royal Stage Honryu 330, which at 10'10" is quite a bit shorter than most people think of when they think of honryu rods. As with the Nissin Royal Stage Honryu 380, and the Nissin Air Stage Honryu rods (390 and 450), it is quite long when collapsed - making it a much better rod for fishing streams you can drive to rather than hike to. I don't know if that is why Nissin calls it a honryu rod, but whatever they call it, I like it!

Nissin Royal Stage Honryu 330, Brown Trout

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Nov 11, 2019

Change isn't always so bad.

A few weeks ago I was taking stock of my fly-rod spoon inventory and decided it was time to fill in the holes. Yes, I do lose spoons too! Low and behold,

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Nov 06, 2019

Trip Report - 11-3-19

Following my AHA! moment a few weeks ago, when I learned the value of fishing with a longer line, I wanted to try actual honryu tenkara with a longer rod and an even longer line. On Sunday I went to the Farmington River in Connecticut to give it a try. I brought a number of 4.4 and 4.5m rods, and a number of 7m lines.

The results were interesting but the day was not an unqualified success. Clearly, the main cause for the mixed results was my own inexperience, but a few things did make it a bit more difficult.

The day yielded just one fish in the net, which for me is pretty much par for the course during the winter. However, it was a perfect catch - at least in terms of what I was attempting to do for much of the day.

My goal was to fish bank eddies on the far side, which is my impression of how honryu tenkara is often done in Japan. For that fish, I managed to place the cast in a bank eddy, gave the fly about two gentle pulses and the fish hit. Perfect.

Honryu Tenkara Brown Trout

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Nov 01, 2019

This Just In...

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

Rodio-craft .5g Blinde Flanker spoons Slightly smaller and slightly heavier than the now-discontinued Daiwa .4g Vega spoons, they should fish a little bit deeper. Not too heavy for fixed line rods. New Item.

Suntech Keiryu Sawanobori 53 and 63 For a keiryu rod that is much nicer than the beginner's Nissin 540ZX, but not as fancy or expensive as the Suntech Fine Power, you would be hard pressed to find a better rod than the Suntech Keiryu Sawanobori! Back in stock.

Suntech Suikei Keiryu Special 53 Three position zoom keiryu rod (which I have almost always used for tenkara fishing). The three lengths make it an excellent choice for small stream keiryu (or bead head nymph) fishing. Back in stock.

Rod Cases Light weight, inexpensive, semi-rigid rod cases. Small, medium, large and long, all back in stock.

Daiwa Bright Markers - Yellow Extremely visible yarn markers for keiryu fishing. Highly recommended, along with the Orange Bright Markers. Back in stock.

Oct 30, 2019

Never too Proud to Learn!

I'd like to thank Chris for his story, Longer Line Tenkara. I write this blog entry as his fishing reports don't lend themselves to dialogue, like the

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Oct 25, 2019

Longer Line Tenkara

My impression, based on limited experience, was that lines longer than the rod were really only used when fishing downstream, using the current to help keep the line off the surface.

Well, this past weekend I learned how wrong I had been. I spent a couple days fishing with Adam Klagsbrun, who as much as anyone else in the US is a proponent of learning how tenkara is practiced in Japan, and also being true to the Japanese definition of what is and what isn’t tenkara (not so much in how you fish, but rather in what you call it). Unfortunately, it seems many (actually many, many) people lost sight of the learning because they got hung up on the definition.

It took only a few minutes for Adam to describe what I should do to fish a longer line, and a few minutes more to explain why my tippet should be longer as well.

Unfortunately, the weekend was windy enough that I was able to try the longer line tenkara for only a pretty brief period. During that time I was able to catch several fish, though.

Rainbow Trout

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Oct 24, 2019

Well I guess I'm no Tenkara angler

More like a bait on a Seiryu rod guy. I love my 3 Seiryu rods from Chris but not so much my 2 Tenkara rods from another source. With bait or a tiny section

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Oct 17, 2019

Hiking and Fishing the Guadalupe

My wife, Robin, and I were able to take a quick trip to the upper Guadalupe River this past week, with good success. We caught a mixture of redbreast sunfish,

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Oct 13, 2019

Float Fishing

Chris and I have both mentioned float fishing and many of the posts on this site suggest that people use floats with their fixed line rods. I thought it

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Oct 13, 2019

Line Ratings - True or False

More of a query than anything else. Are we all using line that is too strong for our rods? I was reading about Honryu fishing on a Japanese website, Google

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“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.


Warning:

The hooks are sharp.
The coffee's hot.
The fish are slippery when wet.

Beware of the Dogma