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.

Jan 23, 2021

This Just In...

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

Daiwa Kiyose 43 M-Y, 53 M-Y Beefy keiryu rods suitable for large trout, bass and modest carp. Back in stock.

Nissin Zerosum Oni Honryu 450 Designed by Oni himself to handle larger American fish. Back in stock.

Nissin Zerosum 7:3 and 6:4 450 rods Honryu-length rods for larger rivers. Back in stock.

Nissin Zerosum 6:4 360 Premium soft tenkara rod for mountain streams. Back in stock.

Medium and Small Rod Cases Light weight semi-rigid plastic rod cases. Back in stock.

Fujino "Soft" tapered nylon tenkara line, 5m Extremely visible nylon line, casts well and shows up well on video (hint, hint). Back in stock.

Fujino "Soft Tenkara, Long Type" tapered nylon tenkara line, 7m Tapered nylon line for honryu fishing or casting practice. Back in stock.

Owner "Smallest" and "New Half Moon" snelled tanago hooks Most popular micro fishing hooks in the U.S. Back in stock.

Micro Fishing Floats Very small floats from Owner and Nakazima. Back in stock.

Marukyu Tanago Gluten Powdered gluten. Mix 1:1 with water to make paste bait for micro fishing. New item.

Owner Pro Markers (card) Pre-cut keiryu yarn markers in several colors. Back in stock.

Dec 30, 2020

This Just In...

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

Daiwa Keiryu Damo V 25cm Round net for keiryu or tenkara fishing. 10" diameter hoop. Back in stock.

Sunline "Extra Cast" tapered line for honryu tenkara Clear knotless 8m fluorocarbon line that taperes from size 3.5 to size 1.5. Back in stock.

Owner New Half Moon Snelled tanago hooks Small hooks for small fish. Snelled just makes life easier. Back in stock.

Owner Bamboo Line Winders Small (2.4") line winders for micro or keiryu lines. Back in stock.

Sunline Tenjo Line (nylon) Bright green line for top section of keiru lines. Back in stock.

Nakazima Ball Floats Half-inch and five-eighth floats for simple keiryu fishing. Back in stock.

Dec 23, 2020

This Just In...

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

Suntech Fine Power NP56 Truly excellent keiryu rod (casts a tenkara line well, too). Back in stock.

Suntech Field Master Suguru Long H63 Keiryu rod rated for 4X tippet (long collapsed length). Back in stock.

Nissin Tanago Koro 5 foot tanago rod, softer than Daiwa Hinata. Back in stock.

Ganakatsu Ultimate Snelled tanago hooks with extremely short points. Good for the smallest fish. Back in stock.

Dec 17, 2020

This Just In...

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

Daiwa Sagiri 39 and 45 Very nice, light weight zoom seiryu rods. Back in stock.

Suntech Field Master Suguru Long H54 Very capable (4X tippet) Keiryu rod. Long collapsed length. Back in stock.

Daiwa Keiryu Damo V30 30cm (12 inch hoop) net. Back in stock.

Rodio-craft Blinde Flanker .5g Spoons Gold or Silver spoons, light enough to fish with a tenkara rod. Back in stock.

Dec 13, 2020

Trip Report - 12-11-20

If you consider the best fisherman to be the one who catches the most fish, the best fisherman I know stresses above all else that you must be the first person to fish that stretch of stream that day. He plans out his day in advance, but when he gets to the stream, if there is another car parked there, he will leave and go to another stream.

If he starts fishing and sees another fisherman upstream from him, where he would soon be fishing, he leaves and goes to another stream. Of course, he doesn't fish in the NYC suburbs, where the other stream would also have fishermen. Still, of all the wisdom he can convey from his 40-odd years of fishing (including more years than you would believe since he was last skunked), his most important is that you must be the first person to fish that stretch of stream that day.

First trout of the day

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Dec 13, 2020

Trip Report 11-29-20

First, a bit of background information. The path that eventually led me to discovering tenkara started with a photo of a North Country wet fly. The simple, slim body and ultra sparse hackle that looked for all the world like the ribs of a super small umbrella were magical, and I am still under their spell.

Early in my tenkara journey, though, I fell into the "tenkara flies are sakasa kebari" trap, so nearly all my photos show flies with forward slanting hackle. I also fell into the Killer Bug trap because it is just so effective where I normally fish.

Partridge and Orange

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Dec 05, 2020

This Just In...

New items and out-of-stocks that are back in stock.One "This Just In..." report didn't get sent out, so this one will include items that were received since the last report.

Air Stage Hakubai 240 medium Extremely soft 8' seiryu rod for small trout, sunnies and micros. Back in stock.

Nissin Zerosum Oni Honryu 395 and 450-length rods for larger fish in larger streams. Back in stock.

Nissin Air Stage Fujiryu Tenkara 6:4 330 and 5:5 360 rods. The 6:4 is stiffer than most tenkara rods, the 5:5 is softer than most tenkara rods. Both are very nice. Back in stock.

Nissin Pro Square Super Tenkara 6:4 630 Delightfully soft, full flex tenkara rod. Joy to fish with and excellent value. Back in stock after long absence.

Nissin Tenkara Mini 320 Collapses to less than 10". Cork grip. Back in stock.

Nissin Pocket Mini 270 and 360 Collapses to less than 10". Does not have cork grip. Lighter and a bit softer than Tenkara Mini. Back in stock.

Daiwa Hinata 5' tanago rod Longer and more capable than the 3' Hinata. A bit stiffer (and less expensive) than the Nissin Tanago Koro. Back in stock (after long absence).

Sunline Tenkara Tapered Line 8m clear fluorocarbon tapered tenkaraline. Use as is for honryu tenkara, cut to length for keiryu tenkara. Two weights. New items.

Owner Smallest (snelled and loose) and New Half Moon (loose) Tanago hooks, for when the micros are too small to use fly hooks. Back in stock.

Daiwa Tenkara Floating Line, 4m and 7m PVC coated yellow floating tenkara line. Back in stock.

Forest Chaser .6g spoons A bit heavier than the Rodio-craft Blinde Flankers, but not too heavy for a fixed line rod. Back in stock. (Link is to Finesse-Fishing.com)

Nov 24, 2020

Trip Report - 11-22-20

Sunday's trip was essentially a follow-up to the previous week's outing. Same creek, some of the same rods and some of the same lines. Mostly different flies, though.

The deep pool where I'd caught my first fish last week did not yield another on this week's trip. It was quite a ways up the stream and into the day before I even had a hit. Just the slightest tightening of the line was all the indication I got. Luckily, I was paying close attention and that was sufficient. One fish in the net.

There is a somewhat common statement on the internet something along the lines of "post a photo or it didn't happen." I have a photo, but I won't post it - at least not today. Turns out I was fishing a rod that I will introduce on Black Friday - not really as a Black Friday Sale item, but it is a rod that I don't want to reveal now. (I mean, what's the fun of a surprise if you announce it days in advance?)

Brown trout in the net

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Nov 20, 2020

This Just In...

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

Tenkara Mon Tanago rod that collapses to just 6.75 inches long. Back in stock.

Micro Finesse Original Bloodworm One inch long rubber bloodworm. Back in stock.

Nov 17, 2020

Why is Tenkara so Effective?

By John Evans
San Antonio, TX

As I understand it, tenkara was developed in Japan over 300 years ago by market anglers who fished small mountain streams for a living. If they didn’t catch fish, there was little to eat or sell. The way they fished had to be effective and efficient for them to survive.

Tenkara is also productive in the United States, though we have broadened the definition and usage of the Japanese method to fit our waters. I’ve been tenkara angling for six or seven years now, and the main reason I enjoy it is that I catch more fish. Yes, the casting is beautiful, the scenery relaxing, and the exercise beneficial; but the aim is to catch fish. Angler holding largemouth bass and seiryu rod

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Nov 07, 2020

If I Could Use Only One Fly

by John Evans

Right after the argument about the best tenkara rod comes the heated discussion about the best fly. There are no magic flies that consistently catch fish under every condition. Plus, presentation almost always trumps pattern. But, let’s face it, we all have certain flies that we fish with confidence—ones that produce when others fail.

So, what is that fly for you?

Screaming Banshee

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Nov 06, 2020

This Just In...

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

Suntech Keiryu Sawanobori 63 Excellent keiryu rod! Back in stock.

Shimano Keiryu Tenkara 34-38ZL Premium quality zoom tenkara rod. Soft full flex at full extension, a bit firmer at the shorter setting. Back in stock.

Owner Tanago Floats Small, extremely sensitive floats. Back in stock.

Owner Acorn Floats - 40mm and 55mm Floats shaped for moving water. Back in stock.

Owner Top Floats - 70mm and 100mm Sensitive floats shaped for still water. Back in stock.

Bamboo line winders Ideal for storing micro fishing rigs. Back in stock.

Daiwa floating tenkara line Casts well and is still relatively light. Ideal for panfish poppers. Back in stock.

Barbless carp hooks (bottom of page) Back by request. Strong hooks for large fish. Back in stock.

Nov 04, 2020

This Just In...

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

TenkaraBum Traveler 27 Ideal rod for very small streams. Shorter than Kurenai HM30R and capable of landing slightly larger fish. Back in stock.

Kid's Tenkara Rod (Nissin Pro Square 6:4 320) Not too long, heavy or expensive for a child to use. (You'll want to borrow it.) Back in stock.

Fujino tapered nylon tenkara lines Midi and Soft lines are extremely visible, the White is stealthy. Back in stock.

Suntech Kurenai HM45R and HM63R As nice as the HM30R, just longer. Back in stock.

Oct 31, 2020

This Just In...

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

FMX Keiryu ZPRO 53 and 63 Extremely soft keiryu rods capable of fishing extremely light lines. Back in stock.

FMX Keiryu Stiff 54 Very capable 5.4m keiryu rod. Back in stock.

Nissin Fine Mode Nagare 330 Soft, full flex seiryu rod ideal for fly fishing for micros, sunfish or small trout. Back in stock.

Daiwa Hinata 3 Short tanago rod for the tiniest of streams. Back in stock.

Large and Small Rod Cases Light weight adjustable semi-rigid plastic rod cases. Back in stock (very few in stock).

Varivas 7X nylon tippet Ideal tippet for seiryu rods. Back in stock.

Daiichi 1110 size 26 hooks For the tiniest bead head Killer Bugger. Perfect for small micros. Back in stock.

3X5 Photo Tank Photo tank for micros or smaller sunfish. Keep 'em wet. Back in stock.

Micro fishing photo tank Small plexiglass "tank" makes it easier to identify micros. Back in stock.

Oct 27, 2020

Trip Report - 10-25-20

I had decided to go to "The Best Looking Stream in which I Never Catch Fish." I don't really know why. I almost never catch fish there. It just looks so fishy, but it gets absolutely pounded (probably because it just looks so fishy).

I have been told, by a guy who used to be a regular and has caught a lot of fish there, that the way to fish it is exactly the way everyone I saw on Sunday was fishing it - a tiny nymph under a Thingamabobber. I don't know if any of them caught any fish. I saw quite a few people fishing and I never saw anyone catch anything.

Nice fish from a small stream

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Oct 27, 2020

Fly Spoons, 2.0, Too Much Time in the Basement

by Alan Luecke

Between Chris bringing in the Rodio-Craft .5g Blinde Flanker spoons and all the other cool Japanese gear and me with an abundance of pandemic leisure I got back into spoon making. These use the same system I came up with a few years back, but this time I used the Rodio-Craft profile and the small 00 split rings. The 00's are the same size as on the factory spoons and just look right. However, handling and installing them is its own special joy.

Factory and home-made spoons

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Oct 21, 2020

This Just In...

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

Fujino Soft Tenkara Long Type 7m and 9m tapered nylon lines for honryu tenkara and casting practice. Back in stock.

Owner Migen Tanago Hooks These hooks have shorter points than even the Gamakatsu Ultimate (capable of catching even smaller fish)! Back in stock.

Gamakatsu Barbless Circle Hooks Eyeless, barbless hooks for passive bait fishing. Back in stock.

Owner Acorn Floats Floats shaped for river fishing. Back in stock.

Owner Top Floats Floats shaped for lake fishing. Back in stock.

Oct 20, 2020

Trip Report - 10-18-20

When I first imported Nissin Pro Square Super Tenkara rods for evaluation seven years ago, I ordered a number of their 6:4 and 7:3 rods. I also imported one of their Level Line rods.

I decided not to carry the Level Line rod, thinking most people would prefer a rod that was not quite so full flex.

A few weeks ago I ordered another one. When I took the rod out for a trial run the following weekend I was not disappointed. Not at all.

Brookie and Nissin Pro Square Level Line Rod.

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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.


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

Beware of the Dogma

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