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.

Nov 20, 2018

Why Wait 'til Black Friday Sale II

The Daiwa Sagiri 39MC and 45MC are NOW on sale.

The 39MC is now $105, down from $135.
The 45MC is now $125, down from $150.

Sale prices limited to rods currently in stock.

Daiwa Sagiri 39MC

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Nov 19, 2018

This Just In...

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

Flying Dragon 620 Carp rod that collapses to a convenient 22" length. Back in stock.

Owner "smallest" hooks Not recommended for carp, even though carp are technically "minnows." Back in stock.

Nov 18, 2018

This Just In...

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

ZimmerBuilt Guide Sling, Micro Pack, Water Bottle Pocket Well made, light weight gear to carry your gear. Back in stock.

Ddr. Slick Spring Creek Clamps Excellent clamps for removing hooks from fish with small mouths, whether little wild trout or micros. Back in stock.

Nov 14, 2018

Why Wait 'til Black Friday Sale

I mean really, why wait? Once you decide to put something on sale, do it. Don't let some poor guy buy a rod for full price after you've already decided to put it on sale. Right?

I just decided to put the Daiwa Kiyose 43M on sale for Black Friday. 25% off, bringing the price down to $120. (A great price for a great rod).

Sale price limited to rods currently in stock.

So why wait? The sale starts RIGHT NOW!

Daiwa Kiyose 43M, Green River Cutthroat

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Nov 08, 2018

This Just In...

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

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

Daiwa Figure 8 tool Very handy for tying knots and loops or holding small flies. Back in stock.

TenkaraBum Tactical Nymphing Sighter .011 Versatile, visible sighter to place between your line and tippet for enhanced strike detection. Back in stock.

Nakazima Ball Floats 3/8" Easily adjustable small floats for micro fishing. Back in stock.

Fujino 6.5X nylon tippet The maximum tippet recommended for Suntech Kurenai or Nissin Air Stage Hakubai rods. Back in stock.

Oct 30, 2018

Fishing Makes the Fish

I thought I’d share an experience I had on the river awhile back. With high water from September and October rains in Central Texas, it’s been hard to

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Oct 22, 2018

Trip Report - 10-20-18

Saturday was a very interesting day. I started the day fishing my Daiwa Enshou LL36SF, which I don't fish nearly often enough. For a little while now I have been experimenting with nylon lines, and I thought that perhaps the slow, full flex rod would cast them well. I also started with a line that years ago I had decided was absolutely too light to cast.

Saturday was the first time since then that I tried to cast that 10 lb line. Lo and behold, I could cast it. And not just cast it, I caught fish with it.

Although I started the day with a Daiwa Enshou LL36SF, after a couple fish I switched to a TenkaraBum 36. I was actually a little surprised that the tip-flex TenBum 36 cast the nylon line better than the full-flex Daiwa. The Daiwa worked, but I was able to get tighter loops with the TenkaraBum rod.

Keep 'em wet brown trout

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Oct 17, 2018

Arkansas catfish

5.4 m 7:3 Hera rod. 6 lb level line. 4 lb leader. Size 12 hook. Homemade Avon float 2.51g. Small worms.

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Oct 17, 2018

A Case for Soft, Full-Flex Rods

There are many instances in tenkara and keiryu fishing where a robust, firm rod is the right choice. I would lose all credibility if I suggested otherwise.

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Oct 13, 2018

A micro bass!

For the first time, I went to my local lake to try to catch bass on my tenkara rod. I soon gave up on the big fish and to my delight, noticed tons of tiny

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Oct 10, 2018

This Just In...

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

Suntech Grayce II NP52 Very beautiful, very capable keiryu rod. Back in stock.

Daiwa Keiryu Damo V 30cm Well made rigid net with 30 cm diameter hoop and wooden handle. Back in stock.

Ebira Rod Quiver Very light quiver to carry a tenkara rod, fly box, line and tippet. Back in stock.

Nissin Oni Line, size 4.5 Even the master uses heavy line when the wind blows. New items.

Nissin PALS SP Pro, 4.5m Tapered multifilament twisted fluorocarbon line - casts like a furled line. Back in stock.

Owner Keiryu Rigs Two pre-rigged keiryu lines, with spare hooks. Back in stock.

Owner Pro Markers Pre-cut multicolored keiryu yarn markers. Back in stock.

Owner Microfishing Tippet Connectors Dead-simple way to attach a snelled tanago hook to your line. Back in stock.

Microfishing (or keiryu) bamboo line winders Small, light weight winder for microfishing or keiryu line. Back in stock.

TenkaraBum Rod Socks Stretchy nylon rod sock. Back in stock.

Oct 08, 2018

This Just In...

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

Utah Killer Bugs Frank Sawyer's classic with the Tenkara Guides' choice of wool yarn. Back in stock.

Oct 07, 2018

High Water Tenkara

The month of August was extremely dry in San Antonio, TX. Then came the wettest September on record — 19” of rain at my house. Let’s just say the fishing

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Oct 05, 2018

Trip Report - 9-30-18

Sunday was a day of surprises. I had expected to have a somewhat disappointing day on a stream that was once my favorite stream but is now just a pale shadow of what it once was.

I chose it only because every other stream within a three hour drive was running about 10 times normal flow. This particular stream was running low and reasonably clear. It is a 2.5 mile tailwater running between two NYC water supply reservoirs, and its flow is steady as a rock.

Actually that steady flow is one reason why it was my favorite but no longer is. When I first started fishing it, it was steady as a rock at 31 or 32 CFS. Now it runs at 7-9 CFS, consistently.

Two other factors have dramatically reduced its allure. A couple hurricanes over the last 10 years have dropped multiple trees into the stream. Much of it now is unfishable. Finally, it now has didymo, which makes it unpleasant to fish.

The last few times I fished there were disappointing and I kept thinking I might never go back.

Well, after fishing there Sunday, I'll definitely go back!

TenkaraBum 33

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Oct 02, 2018

Oni School 2018 - 1st Session

Chris, You pretty much explained what happened in the first session of this years Oni School as well. This was my second Oni School and I learned even

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Oct 01, 2018

My Kurenai Review

I've absolutely worn out the Brook Trout in the Smoky Mountains on two different occasions with my Kurenai HM30R. This little rod is an absolute thrill

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Oct 01, 2018

Oni School - 2018

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

Nissin Air Stage Hakubai 450 Very nice, light 4.5m seiryu rod. A bit firmer than other seiryu rods (comparable to level line tenkara rod). One rod, back in stock.

Oct 01, 2018

Oni School - 2018

This year's Oni School was the best yet - or at least the best I've been to and I've been to three out of the four they've held.

The biggest surprise for me was the realization that Oni does not ALWAYS fish with ultra light lines. Two out of the three days were very windy, and Oni fished with a size 4.5 line.

Three very valuable lessons I learned this year were how to fish on a windy day (gusts to 40 mph on Day 3), how to fish an unweighted kebari at different depths even when there's no plunge pool, and a very effective way to fish the head of a pool below a riffle that I never before would even have considered. Plus, of course, the one-on-one casting instruction from the master himself.

Oni School on the ProvoOni on the Provo

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Sep 29, 2018

Pisgah National Forest, NC

My wife and I spent this past week in Asheville, NC. There was no way I was going to the WNC mountains without getting some fishing in. The first step

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Sep 29, 2018

TB36 vs UL spin

I hiked up Avalanche creek to Avalanche Lake, Colorado a few weeks ago. It's a 10 mile (15km) hike up to 10,500 ft which I did over a leisurely 4 days.

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Sep 28, 2018

Split - Shotting

What! The lowly split shot is one of the most important weapons at our disposal. I find it interesting that the traditionalist tenkara angler will talk

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Sep 28, 2018

This Just In...

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

Tenryu StreamWalker and Packer fly rods Four-piece StreamWalker and 6-piece Packer fly rods from one of the best Japanese rod makers. Three weights ranging from 6'6" to 8'2". Some are back in stock but most are new items.

Sep 22, 2018

A Perfect Match: Nissin Air Stage Hakubai 240 and Reaper Midge

Have you discovered that some rods and flies seem made for each other? In recent outings I’ve found that the Nissin Air Stage Hakubai 240 and a purple

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Sep 21, 2018

Fly Spoon Rod - The Suntech Genryu Sawanobori 45

Tis the time for Rod reviews I guess. I notice that Chris has the Suntech Genryu Sawanobori 45 back in stock. I just read through the official review,

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Sep 20, 2018

This Just In...

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

Suntech Genryu Sawanobori 45 Very light, very stiff rod for "lantern fishing" or tight line nymphing. Back in stock.

Medium Rod Case Light weight semi-rigid plastic rod case that fits most tenkara, keiryu and seiryu rods. Back in stock.

Daiwa .4g Vega Spoons Very small, light weight spoons that you can cast with a fly rod or tenkara rod. Three colors back in stock, three new colors.

Sunline level line, sizes 3 and 4.5 Flourescent orange, a bit stiffer than Oni Line, 50% more line for just one more dollar. Back in stock.

Sep 20, 2018

Comparison: Shimotsuke Kiyotake 240 v Nissin Airstage Hakubai 240

Back in March I purchased a Shimotsuke Kiyotake 240 rod on ebay for a ridiculously low price. It sounded ideal for fishing the narrow, tree-shrouded urban

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Sep 16, 2018

This Just In...

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

Dr. Slick Spring Creek Clamps and Angled Nippers Two critical items. You really do need more than the oft-repeated rod, line fly. Back in stock.

Sep 16, 2018

Rocky Mountain National Park

I was in the park Sep 1st - 9th and fished Fall River, Moraine Park (Big Thompson), Glacier Basin (Glacier Creek) and Wild Basin (N St Vrain). I caught

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Sep 12, 2018

Back to Shoal Creek

Kansas City has built a lot of paved walking trails, many of them along small creeks. This is where I go tenkara fishing. This is the Shoal Creek Trail

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Sep 07, 2018

This Just In...

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

Killer Bug and Keeper Kebari Two of Kiwi's proven fly patterns. Back in stock.

Sep 06, 2018

Great Keiryu Story!

Chris - Nice to hear a Keiryu story! I am also loving seeing one of my favorite rods the Suntech Keiryu Sawanobori 63. One of the problems with this

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Sep 06, 2018

Keiryu Trip Report 9-2-18

OOPS - I just realized my last keiryu fishing trip report was from last January!

In my defense, this has not been an awe-inspiring year. The weather has been either too cold or too hot, the water has been too high or too low. Excuses? Of course -- but most trips did not yield much to write about. Plus, of course, with spinning, baitcasting, micros and tenkara to write about (or at least struggle to find something to write about) there just hasn't been much time for the simple worm on a hook.

Willowemoc Brown Tout

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Sep 03, 2018

This Just In...

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

Handmade Wooden Bait Boxes A necessary item for keiryu fishing. Back in stock.

Sep 03, 2018

Take a Boy (or Girl) Tenkara Fishing

One of the most enjoyable times fishing this year was taking a nine year old out fishing. James' Dad texted me today, James had fun and really likes your

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Aug 31, 2018

This Just In...

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

TenkaraBum Traveler 39 Three position zoom go anywhere rod! Back in stock.

Nissin Zerosum Oni Honryu 395 and 450 Big fish rods designed by a master. Back in stock.

Aug 28, 2018

Bighorn question

I am wondering if those of you with more experience than I have can chime in on the following: I am going to be fishing with my wife on the Bighorn for

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Aug 27, 2018

Hairline Fishing - A Little History

Sub-ultralight fishing is not new nor a Japanese invention. It goes back a long way in Europe, principally in France even before WW2. According to

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Aug 25, 2018

Scouting and Fishing

Yesterday was supposed to be spent looking for elk. If you look at picture number two, I carefully walked to the edge of the ridge and low and behold

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Aug 24, 2018

Honryu to Hillsdale

I was looking forward to my second Oni School in a few weeks and I realized I didn't own an Oni rod (you don't have to have one). But never one to let

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Aug 24, 2018

This Just In...

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

ZimmerBuilt Sling Lite, Chest Pack and Strap Pack Nicely designed, well made packs designed specifically for anglers. Back in stock.

Aug 22, 2018

Love it

First time out with my TenkaraBum 36 today, and I caught 5 Rainbows in under 45 mins using nymphs. My drifts never looked so good! So much fun .... only

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Aug 22, 2018

Oni School

I'll be "out of the office" September 13-15, attending the second session of this year's Oni School, organized by the Tenkara Guides in Salt Lake City and held on the Provo River.

This will be my third time attending the Oni School. If you have never been to the Oni School, I highly recommend that you go. Masami Sakakibara (Tenkara no Oni) is probably the most skilled tenkara caster there is. At the school he gives hands on, one-on-one instruction.

Hands on Instruction

It WILL help your casting. Oni is also one of the best with respect to reading the water - not so much for where the fish are (that's easy) but for how the current will affect the drift of your fly, and for where to cast so that the current takes your fly to where the fish are.

The first time I saw Oni fish, I was surprised at how much time he spent fishing downstream from where he was standing. Everyone is always taught to fish upstream, but at times (more often than you would think) the best presentation will be from a position upstream and to the side from where the fish are. Oni is the master at getting in the right position before making the cast - and that is something you will not learn anywhere else. No one else even mentions it.

Downstream Presentation

There is a huge amount that you can learn from Oni, but you'll also learn from the Tenkara Guides themselves (when Oni is helping another angler, or when the class breaks up into small groups). They're pros and have more stream time than most people, and have spent years sharing ideas and tactics. (Three heads are better than one.)

If you enjoy tenkara fishing and want to improve, there's no better way than to attend the Oni School.

One other advantage is that there will be a bunch of different rods there to try out. Everyone brings a rod (or several) and lots of people cast each other's rods. It is a good way to try a bunch of different rods. I won't sell rods there, but I'll have all three TenkaraBum rods, all three TenkaraBum Traveler rods and both Tenryu rods with me.

Rob's brown trout on TenkaraBum 40

Contact erik@tenkaraguides.com to see if there's still space available. I think there is, but contact ERiK.

Aug 20, 2018

This Just In...

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

Kid's Tenkara Rod (Shimotsuke Tenkara Gen 270) Low priced, modest quality rod that is ideal for kids. Back in stock.

Shimotsuke Kiyotaki 18 Inexpensive six foot micro fishing rod. Back in stock.

Nissin Flying Dragon 530 5.3 meter carp rod that collapses to 22". Back in stock.

Daiwa Seiryu X 54 Soft sensitive 5.4m seiryu rod for bigger water and modest fish. Back in stock.

Size 2.5 and 3 orange Oni line Light, highly visible level fluorocarbon line. Back in stock.

Daiwa Floating tenkara line, 7m Long floating line for lakes or large rivers. Back in stock.

Daiwa Vega .4g spoons - Lemonade and Horizon Light weight spoons that can be cast effectively with a tenkara rod, keiryu rod or fly rod. Back in stock.

Aug 19, 2018

Great day Micro fishing with Nissin Air 240 and Sasuke

I caught about 40 or so micros, ranging from bluegills to stonerollers, minnows, gobys, and shiners. These rods performed beautifully. The littlest nibble

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Aug 16, 2018

Red Wiggler Round-Up

It has been an interesting year and a half. For the past 18 months, I have been experimenting with Red Wigglers. My adventure began with treating them

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Aug 16, 2018

The Nissin Air Stage Hakubai 240 Revisited

This past year I’ve purchased fewer tenkara rods but used the ones I have more frequently. Along the way, I’ve identified some favorites. Among my preferred

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Aug 15, 2018

This Just In...

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

Kiwi's Tenkara Flies Killer Bug, Black Killer Bugger, Keeper Kebari, Royal Sakasa Kebari, Ajari's Dark Kebari. Back in stock.

Nissin Oni Honryu 450 Premium big water, big fish tenkara rod, designed by the master himself. Back in stock.

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

Suntech FMX Keiryu Stiff 45 Works well as a short keiryu rod or long, beefy (32 penny) tenkara rod. Back in stock.

Medium, large and long rod cases Light weight and adjustable for length. Excellent value. Back in stock.

New Half Moon tanago hooks (loose) Tiny hooks for those who want to snell them themselves. Back in stock.

Micro fishing kit - hook, line and sinker (and float). All you need to get started (except for the rod, of course). Back in stock.

Aug 13, 2018

Tenryu Fly Rods

Tenryu Fly Rods? Why not? Tenryu is known for excellent quality rods. Their Furaibo tenkara rods are truly excellent. Their spinning and baitcasting rods are the nicest I've seen anywhere.

This article is very nearly a reprint of the write up I did for the few Tenryu fly rods I imported early this year. I am seriously considering importing not only more rods but also more of the Tenryu fly rod models. If you would be interested in one of the Tenryu fly rods, please contact me.

Tenryu StreamWalker Fly Rod

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Aug 03, 2018

Showing What it's Made of!

I had a great day of fishing yesterday in my new hometown with a couple of fly fishermen in the area. We live in an interesting place in Eastern Kentucky

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“The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten” – Benjamin Franklin

"Study to be quiet." - Izaak Walton 1653

"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


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

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