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.

May 25, 2018


Hey, Anyone ever use a rod from Tenkara Rod Co? Received a Teton as a gift, and don't know that much about the company? Seems like a fairly stout rod?

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May 25, 2018

Tenryu Rayz Integral RZI50UL-4

The Tenryu Rayz Integral RZI50UL-4 and RZI50L-4 are the ideal spinning rods for a backpacker, traveler or someone who takes more than one rod when fishing.

Tenryu Rayz Integral RZII50UL-4Recently, a devoted tenkara angler asked me to recommend a spinning rod and reel. I already knew that he's an avid backpacker. I also knew that he strongly believes that tenkara is the ideal way to fish a high-gradient mountain stream.

Whereas many American anglers also would use their tenkara rods to fish high mountain lakes or larger rivers, he feels that outside of the waters on which tenkara was developed, it really isn't the ideal way to fish. For lakes and larger rivers, he'd rather use a spinning rod.

On his hikes in the high country, he plans to fish with tenkara gear in the streams and spinning gear in the lakes. Thus, he will generally carry more than one rod. When he told me what weight lures he wanted to fish, the best rod and reel choice became obvious.

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May 22, 2018

Tenryu Furaibo TF39 Becchou Fishing

I don't buy a rod not to fish it. Today, I finally got to fish the Tenryu Furaibo TF39 Becchou. It fishes as well as it looks! The first fish caught

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May 21, 2018

This Just In...

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

Suntech Grayce II 52NP Very nice (and very beautiful) keiryu rod. Also works well with weighted flies. Back in stock.

Nissin 540 ZX medium Moderately priced keiryu rod that works well for big water tenkara. Back in stock.

Nissin Kyogi 21BX The most capable carp rod I've found. Back in stock.

Medium and Small Rod Cases Light weight, adjustable and inexpensive. Back in stock.

New Half Moon snelled tanago hooks The most popular hook for microfishing in the US. Back in stock.

Daiwa Vega .4g spoons - Gold, silver and lemonade A little flash and bling for when the kebari aren't working. Better than bucktails. Easy to cast with tenkara rods. Back in stock.

May 18, 2018

Tenkara and Hydrotherapy

If you think this blog entry is written tongue-in-cheek, you’re right. As I’ve noted before, recreational fishing is for fun. If you don’t believe me,

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May 16, 2018

This Just In...

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

3x5 Photo Tank For micros, sunfish, smaller trout, etc., keep 'em wet and still get a great photo. Back in stock.

May 16, 2018

Trip report 5-15-2018

Over the last year I have been mostly fishing with a Nissin 395 Honryu. It works well on large fish and is still fun with the little guys. A couple of

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May 16, 2018

The Jig is UP! and Swooning for Spooning

I'm tired of catching planters. For the last 6 weeks I have been fishing the Boise River even though the flows have been faster than normal. I was inspired

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May 15, 2018

Zombie Gnome Tenkara

Just having a little fun. ;)

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May 13, 2018

This Just In...

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

Owner New Half Moon Tanago Hooks (loose) For the hard core micro fishers. Loose hooks you snell yourself. Back in stock.

May 12, 2018

This Just In...

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

Suntech Kurenai Long 61 One of the nicest, lightest long rods in existence. Definitely one of my favorites! Back in stock.

Suntech Fine Power NP66 Another one of the nicest, lightest long rods in existence - and this one collapses to a convenient 22 3/8". Also one of my favorites! Back in stock.

Nissin Kyogi 15BX Fifteen foot carp rod rated for 0X tippets. Back in stock.

Nissin Flying Dragon 620 Twenty foot carp rod rated for 3X tippets. Collapses to convenient 22" length. Back in stock.

Nissin Royal Stage Honryu 390 The 44" collapsed length gives this rod one of the smoothest casting actions you will find in any rod. If you don't have to backpack in, this is a great rod. Back in stock.

Tanago Floats Small, light and easy to adjust for depth. Back in stock.

Micro Fishing tippet connectors These make attaching the snelled tanago hooks to your line much easier. Back in stock.

May 10, 2018

A good day down at the creek

It was a fun day down on my local creek. Every year after the spring rains, and subsequent floods push trees and other trash around, the creek is always

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May 10, 2018

How not to break a beautiful Tenkara Rod!

My wife and I had stopped by the Roaring River Trout Park in southwest MO on the way to Branson for an hour of Tenkara fishing fun. I set up my wife’s

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May 03, 2018

Midwest Tenkara Fest

I will be out Friday, May 4 through Tuesday, May 8. The Midwest Tenkara Fest, held this Saturday and Sunday in Coon Valley, WI is one of those events for which you just close everything down and go. I'm going.

If you've never fished the Driftless Area, go.

Shimano Pack Tenkara

The store will be open, and you can order anything you'd like (assuming it is in stock). Shipments will resume on Wednesday, May 9, with orders processed in the sequence they were received.

May 02, 2018

Photo Tips for Tenkara

Nearly 40 years ago, I made part of my living writing articles for outdoor magazines. Of course, this was before the computer/digital age, so we’re talking

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Apr 30, 2018

How Many Pass - Overs?

Chris in his last Trip report said, I have always wondered about all the water we drive past to get to the places we fish. Next time I'll stop instead

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Apr 29, 2018

Trip Report - 4-28-18

You have to go exploring. If you don't, you'll end up fishing in the same places all the time. That may not be exactly boring, but it is more interesting to find new places to fish - even if they don't always yield "many" days.

A couple weeks ago, the guy I go to Maine with on my smallmouth bass fishing vacations gave me a tour of some of the nearby streams that he knows but which I had never fished. He used to be a rural mail carrier, and knows all the little streams all over the area - some of which you wouldn't even notice - but unfortunately most of which are entirely on private land.

I went to three of them on Saturday. All three are distinctly suburban streams, and you are always fishing within the sight of houses. All three have very short sections that are on public land.

Suburban stream

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Apr 29, 2018

This Just In...

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

American Takami Special and Lt. Olive Small Stream Special Kebari that are inspired by Japanese patterns and are NOT sakasa kebari! Back in stock.

Apr 28, 2018

The Glorious Last Saturday In April

Opening Day of Trout Season today! Marlin, Chuck and I hit the Rogue River as is our several decades custom. This time we also took Xiaogang for his

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Apr 28, 2018

Cleaning up with mops

Ok, I know they are the ugliest flies we've ever seen but mop flies have been getting a lot of fish around here. A friend and I saw one guy standing in

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Apr 28, 2018

To Scour or not to Scour Red Wigglers that is the question!

W.C. Stewart said that scouring Red Wigglers is optional. I have read over half a dozen of the old masters on this subject. This article comes from the

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Apr 27, 2018

Masters Old and New

Somehow I missed Les Albjerg’s blog post “Listening to the Old Masters” which produced a great bunch of excellent replies. Rather than add to them here

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Apr 26, 2018

Shimano Pack Tenkara

The Shimano Pack Tenkara 31-34 ZW is a new zoom rod developed for backpackers. It collapses to a short length (about 16 3/4") and will fit in even a modest daypack. It can be fished at either 310 cm or 340 cm (about 9'11" or 10'11"), which will be appropriate lengths for many headwaters streams.

As with other Shimano tenkara rods, it has a hollow tip section. That gives it a slightly different action than most other manufacturers' rods, which generally have solid tips. When casting the rod, my first impression was that it is a relatively firm full flex rod.

Shimano Pack Tenkara

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Apr 22, 2018

Saltwater Keiryu, Cool Fish Slow Fishing

I just got back from a week in the Pass a Grille neighborhood of St. Pete Beach, Fl. Like the rest of the country the weather was an issue. Our flight

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Apr 22, 2018

Shimotsuke Kiyotaki rods - amazing for small stream trout

The city of Sheffield (UK) was once famed for its steel industry. I'm very proud of my Sheffield heritage but, such was the scale of the pollution in those

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Apr 19, 2018

Stewart's Black Spider

The Stewart’s Black Spider is a famous fly, rough and simple in its original form. Consisting of only a hook, some thread, and a starling feather, this

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Apr 17, 2018

This Just In...

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

Suntech Fine Power 56NP One of my favorite rods. Superb keiryu rod for smaller streams and excellent for "honryu" tenkara fishing. Back in stock.

Nissin Royal Stage 320 6:4 Very nice full flex rod for smaller streams. Back in stock.

Nissin 450ZX soft Nice, inexpensive zoom rod for modest fish, whether trout or sunfish. Back in stock.

Daiwa Keiryu Damo V 25cm Nice rigid tenkara net. Ten inch round net hoop. Back in stock.

Killer Bugs Most people would not call these tenkara flies, but many tenkara anglers use them. They catch fish! Back in stock.

Fuji KTC-12 and PTC-10 rod caps More secure and harder to lose than standard tip plugs (and less expensive than factory replacements). Back in stock.

Keiryu Yarn Markers Both Daiwa Bright Markers and Owner Wide Markers - extremely sensitive strike detection, particularly for fishing with weight. Back in stock.

Nakazima Ball Floats Easier to adjust for depth than Thingamabobbers. Half inch and the 3/8 inch (which work well for micro fishing). Back in stock.

Foam Line Winders Inexpensive line winders for micro fishing or keiryu fishing. Back in stock.

Apr 15, 2018

Shimotsuke Tenkara Gen 240

The Shimotsuke Tenkara Gen 240 is an inexpensive 8' tenkara rod suitable for children, for microfishing or for the smallest of headwater streams. It will appeal to anglers who want a rod more capable than the Nissin Air Stage Hakubai 240 and more appropriate for tenkara casting than the Shimotsuke Kiyotaki 24 or Daiwa Keiryu-X 24.

Shimotsuke Tenkara Gen 240

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Apr 11, 2018

This Just In...

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

Chartreuse Mummy Worms Preserved wax worms dyed chartreuse. They look a lot like caddis pupae. Back in stock.

Tenkara Creel Very convenient creel for when you keep a fish or two. Folds flat when not in use. Back in stock.

Apr 10, 2018

The Wait is Over!

The phone rang at work yesterday at about 1:00. My wife told me that a package had arrived from New York. The long anticipated Tenryu Tenkara Furaibo

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Apr 10, 2018

Daiwa Sagiri 39MC

I am not a highly experienced or skilled tenkara angler. I have only been fixed line fly fishing for 12 months and I have never used a conventional fly

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Apr 07, 2018

This Just In...

This Just In...

Shimotsuke Kiyotaki 18 True minimalism in a telescopic rod. For micros or the tiniest of trout streams. Back in stock.

Nissin Tanago Koro (which I had incorrectly labelled the Gokoro previously). Premium tanago rod - FOR MICROS ONLY. Very sensitive. Back in stock.

Suntech Field Master Suguru Long H 72 23'6" of pure keiryu rod! Rated for 4X tippets. New Item.

Apr 06, 2018

Frontier Fishing

This article is not about backpacking into the remote wilderness or flying to a distant country. Instead, I’m using “frontier fishing” to describe a different

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Apr 06, 2018

Dredging the Ditch

Home water..... In our sweetest dreams, it is Haig-Brown's beloved Campbell River. In our worst dreams, it is Leacock's Fish Pond--alluring but devoid

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Apr 05, 2018

This Just In...

This Just In...

Nissin Air Stage Hakubai 240 Extremely light (and light action) rod for micros and headwaters trout. Back in stock.

Daiwa Vega .4g Nightmare spoons The most popular color. Back in stock.

Owner "Smallest" and "New Half Moon" snelled tanago hooks The "standards" for micro fishing Back in stock.

Tippet Connectors These make attaching your snelled tanago hook to your line very easy. Back in stock.

Apr 04, 2018

Listening to the Old Masters

I have spent a good part of the winter reading the Old Masters. Now it is time to follow their advice. Here is how Fishing With a Worm by Perry Bliss

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Apr 02, 2018

Simple Snowshoe Hare Emerger

Simple, buggy flies and tenkara go together like ketchup and fries. Lately, I’ve been tying a super-simple emerger pattern that works well in my local

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Mar 31, 2018

Fly Pictures, by Request

The first fly is the micro egg. This is tied on a size 26 Gamakatsu C12-BM, with a 1.5mm gold tungsten bead, Veevus 16/0 white thread, and Shrimp Pink

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Mar 30, 2018

Picking a Rod

How do you pick a rod from this website with so many options? Chris gives great reviews, but I have not seen much on how people decide how they pick their

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Mar 29, 2018

Roaring River State Park

While I originally had planned to attend the Sowbug Roundup, as it approached I found my budget didn't have enough flexibility to afford a stay in a decent

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Mar 28, 2018

Suntech Field Master is the Cat's Meow

My husband, John, writes articles for the TenBum blog, but I thought I’d give him a break and tell you about my favorite fish and rod. I love to catch

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Mar 26, 2018

Fixed Line vs Fly Rod vs Spinning Fishing - A subjective analysis

Pete from the UK got me thinking. That isn't always a good thing! The question I was pondering was, Why do I enjoy fixed line fishing so much? To answer

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Mar 26, 2018

The Canoe Man (No-Slip) Loop Knot

For Tenkara angling, here in the US giving motion to the fly during fishing presentations does not seem to be nearly as popular as it is in Japan. But

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Mar 20, 2018

This Just In...

This Just In...

Medium Rod Case Light weight semi-rigid rod case. Back in stock.

Gamakatsu "Smallest" Tanago Hooks Slightly longer hook points than the Owner hooks. Back in stock.

Suntech Fine Power 56NP Wonderfully light, versatile keiryu rod that will cast a light tenkara line well also. Back in stock.

Suntech Kaname Special 60NP This one really is special. Rated for tippets down to 10X, but firm enough to be very, very sensitive. Back in stock.

Mar 20, 2018

Netting/Hand-lining bigger fish

This is my second submission to ‘Your Tenkara Stories’ in just a few days, but my request for information about tippet knot breakages was so comprehensively

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Mar 19, 2018

Word to the Wise

Actually, two words. Sales Tax.

To the extent possible, TenkaraBum.com follows all applicable laws and regulations.

I will be required to collect sales tax on any sales made at the Sowbug Roundup.

The Mountain Home, AR sales tax rate is 8.875%. That means for every rod I will have at the Roundup, the $10 shipping charge is lower (and in some cases much lower) than the sales tax. Buying rods from the website will be less expensive than buying at the show.

Mar 19, 2018


Who but your humble correspondent would go to an old, well established, international fly tying event and give a presentation on bait fishing gear and techniques?

My adventure begins on Wednesday.
If I survive the ordeal, I shall return on Monday.

Dark side

Come to the Dark Side

Mar 19, 2018

Name Your Kebari

TenkaraBum to me is not only about the gear, but also about pushing the envelope. That said, Tenkara traditionally is about a fixed line rod, a basic line,

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Mar 16, 2018

Tippet knot strength?

Hi Folks, I was just wondering if anyone had any advice about the best knot to attach tippet material to level line, specifically fluorocarbon lines.

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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.

Beware of the Dogma