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.

Aug 20, 2021

Suntech Kaname III FP

The Suntech Kaname III FP is the latest improvement in the Kaname series. My first keiryu rod was a Suntech Kaname. It was a wonderful introduction to keiryu fishing (although I think I fished it with weighted flies a lot more than with bait). New to the Kaname III FP line-up are two shorter rods, the 38 and the 43.

The FP stands for Fine Power, and similar to the Suntech Fine Power NP rods, the Kaname III FP rods can handle a wide range of tippet strengths. Suntech recommends tippets anywhere from 9X to 5X.

The 38 and 43 length rods will seem somewhat familiar to people who have fished with the TenkaraBum Traveler 39 or 44 at full extension. They are not made on the same blanks, though. The Kaname III FP rods are single length rather than zoom rods. They are also noticeably lighter than the Traveler rods.

Suntech Kaname III FP 43

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Jul 30, 2021

This Just In...

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

Nissin Zerosum Tenkara 6:4 320 Light, responsive rod that is ideal for smaller streams. Back in stock.

Daiwa Hinata 5' Tanago Rod Fairly short, very sensitive rod for very small fish, from 3" sunfish to 1.5" mosquitofish. Back in stock.

Hi-vis fluorocarbon level tenkara line Sunline, Nissin Oni Line and Yamatoyo, all sizes. Back in stock.

Fujino nylon tapered tenkara line White, Soft (orange) and Midi (green). Back in stock.

Daiwa Tenkara Floating Line For honryu tenkara (in the mountains) and bass bugs (in the farmlands).

Owner micro fishing rig, 120cm Line, float, markers, weight and hook, rigged and ready to fish. Back in stock.

Daiwa Figure 8 tool Multi-functional knot tyer and hook holder. Back in stock.

Jul 16, 2021

This Just In...

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

Suntech Kurenai Long 61 Wonderful, surprisingly light weight 6m keiryu rod. Back in stock.

Owner New Half Moon snelled tanago hooks Extremely small hooks for micro fishing. Snelled for ease of use. Back in stock.

Jul 04, 2021

Summer Sale

Daiwa Master Tenkara L LL36 - 10% off
Daiwa Expert Tenkara LT 39 - 15% off
Daiwa Expert Tenkara L LL45M - 25% off
Daiwa Expert Seiryu Rods - 15% off
Daiwa Kiyose 43 M-Y and 53 M-Y - 20% off

Shimano Keiryu Tenkara 34-38ZL - 15% off

Tenryu Streamwalker FSW733-4 - 20% off

Sale prices limited to rods in stock
Quantities are limited

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Jul 04, 2021

Daiwa Expert Seiryu

I hereby nominate the Daiwa Expert Seiryu as the official rod for everyone who has been more than a little put off by the admonition that tenkara is only for trout and only for mountain streams.

Daiwa describes the rod as an "Adult Play" rod that you can use anywhere from the headwaters to the ocean and for anything from micros to mebaru (small sea bass).

Last I checked, most of America is between the headwaters and the ocean. Wherever you fish, it falls within the rod's description. Whatever you fish for is fair game (as long as it's appropriate for 5X to 10X tippets).

Daiwa Expert Seiryu Rod

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May 31, 2021

This Just In...

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

Daiwa Kiyose 43 M-Y, 53 M-Y Very capable, relatively inexpensive keiryu rods. Back in stock.

Nissin Zerosum Oni Honryu 450 One of the best honryu tenkara rods ever. Back in stock.

Nissin Fine Mode Nagare 330 If you want to fly fish for micros, this is your rod. Back in stock (just one rod).

Owner tanago hooks Smallest and New Half Moon, snelled and loose, and Migen. Back in stock (no hoarding!).

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

Daiwa Keiryu Line Holders Ten small line winders in a convenient case. Back in stock.

Shimano Net Leash Keeps your net from getting lost. Back in stock.

Nakazima 3/8" Ball Floats Perfect size for micros. Back in stock.

Daiwa Worm Threader Threads a worm onto a hook (best for worms larger than Red Wigglers). Back in stock.

May 30, 2021

Tenkara Prayer

by William DeLanney
Tenkara has taught me so much. I want to share what I have experienced with tenkara.

May I be one with tenkara.
May I have confidence in tenkara.
May I have patience on the water.
May I have compassion for nature.
May I have enjoyment of simple pleasures.
May I have fun while learning.
May I do more with less.
May tenkara bring me peace.
May it be so.

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May 30, 2021

Meiho Fly Case SS

For years I used a small 6-compartment box that I eventually started selling as the Minimalist Fly Box. The last batch I received would not stay closed. The molded catch didn't catch, which made the cases virtually useless. The Meiho Fly Case SS stays closed when you latch it. It is also a bit larger than the Minimalist Fly Box (while still fitting in your pocket). It has more configuration options.

It has one fixed longitudinal divider and 6 removable dividers, giving you the ability to configure anywhere from two to eight compartments. It works very nicely to hold a wide variety of items, whether flies, lures or floats (or a combination thereof).

All in all, it is an extremely versatile small case for just $3.

Meiho Fly Case SS

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May 26, 2021


by Jeffry Gottfried
I have been fly fishing for 52 years. It is a pleasure that I feel compelled to partake of for my mental and physical health, quality of life and overall enjoyment of nature. I seem to have my best days of birdwatching with a fly rod in my hand.

I want to share with you all, the Tenkara Community, a word that is relatively new to me that seems to sum up what tenkara does for us all, all the sweetness and attractiveness that leads us to do seemingly crazy things to feed our passion.

Continue reading "Nikhedonia"

May 15, 2021

This Just In...

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

Nissin Flying Dragon 530 carp rod Carp rod that collapses to a convenient 22" length. Back in stock.

Nissin Pocket Mini 270 Extremely convenient 9' rod that packs down to less than 10" and weighs just 1 ounce. Back in stock.

Sunline sizes 3 and 3.5 Hi-vis orange level fluorocarbon tenkara line. Back in stock.

Marukyu Tanago Gluten Gluten powder for mixing the most popular type of tanago bait. Back in stock.

Owner Wakasagi 4-hook rig Similar to sabiki rigs, but with bare hooks (similar in size and shape to the Daiichi 1110 size 26). Back in stock.

Foam line winders Perfect for keeping snelled tanago hooks once they are out of the package. Back in stock.

May 08, 2021

Spring Sale!
Shimano Tenkara Rods 15-25% off

Shimano Honryu Tenkara 44 NP - 25% off
Shimano Keiryu Tenkara 34-38ZL - 15% off
Shimano Tenpyo Tenkara LLS36 NB - 15% off

Tenryu Streamwalker FSW733-4 - 20% off
Tenryu Streamwalker FSW793-4 - 20% off
Tenryu Streamwalker FSW823-4 - 20% off

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Shimano Tenkara Rods 15-25% off"

May 06, 2021

This Just In...

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

Varivas Master Spec tippet 3X-9X nylon and 5X fluorocarbon. Back in stock.

Daiwa Keiryu Damo Rigid, round hoop landing nets. 25 or 30cm hoop diameters (roughly 10" or 12". Used in Japan for keiryu and tenkara fishing. Back in stock.

Nikko Sashi Small, white artificial maggots. They work nicely for micro fishing (although you'll need hooks larger than the Owner Migen), and ought to work for trout and panfish but I haven't tried them. Back in stock.

Nikko Waxworms Artificial waxworms. They work nicely for trout and ought to work for panfish. Back in stock.

Dinsmore D4A split shot assortment Container with split shot sizes 6, 4, 1, and BB. Back in stock.

Gamakatsu Amago hooks Eyeless keiryu hooks with fairly extreme shape. Back in stock.

Apr 26, 2021

Spring Sale!
Tenryu Fly Rods 20% off

After carrying JDM (Japanese Domestic Market) rods for years now, I am convinced that they provide the best quality you can find. More and more rods these days are made in China to hold down costs. Making rods in Japan does cost more, but I believe the quality control and the attention to detail more than make up for the higher cost. American fly fishermen may not look to Japan for fly rods, but perhaps they should.

Tenryu Fates 3wt fly rods on sale. 4-piece StreamWalker and 6-piece Packer. Very few rods in stock.

Tenryu Fates Streamwalker

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Tenryu Fly Rods 20% off"

Apr 11, 2021

This Just In...

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

Nissin Air Stage Fujiryu 360 5:5 Premium soft wooden-gripped tenkara rod for medium sized streams. Just delightful. Back in stock.

Nissin Air Stage Honryu 450 Honryu tenkara rod that is suprisingly inexpensive yet still one of the best (as long as you are not backpacking). Back in stock (just one rod).

Nissin Tanago Koro 5 Five foot tanago rod that is soft enough for a shiner to put a bend in it. Back in stock (just one rod).

Owner Acorn Floats Nicely designed floats for keiryu or "float 'n' fly" fishing. Back in stock.

Mar 29, 2021

This Just In...

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

Nissin Zerosum 360 6:4 Premium softer midflex tenkara rod for medium sized streams. Back in stock.

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

Daiwa Kiyose 53M-Y Very capable keiryu rod (large trout, bass, small carp). Back in stock.

Nissin Mon 2.6 Extremely short (32") tanago rod that collapses to 6.75". Back in stock.

Gamakatsu Ultimate tanago hooks Snelled hooks with extremely short point for the smallest fish. Back in stock.

Jintan Marker Beads Threaded on the line under the float, they detect when a fish takes the bait and moves to the side. More sensitive than the float itself. Back in stock.

Nissin PALS SP Pro Tapered multi-filament fluorocarbon tenkara line. Heavier than level line, casts well with stiffer rods. Back in stock.

Fujino Tapered Tenkara Lines Tapered nylon tenkara lines. Bright orange, bright green and white. Back in stock.

Feb 21, 2021

This Just In...

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

Nissin Zerosum 400 6:4 Premium softer midflex tenkara rod for larger streams. Back in stock.

Nissin Oni Honryu 395 Very capable rod designed by Tenkara no Oni. Back in stock.

Nissin Tanano Koro 5' tanago rod Very nice rod. A bit more flexible than the Daiwa Hinata. Back in stock (only one in stock).

Nissin Mon 3' tanago rod Shorter and a bit firmer than the Tanago Koro. Firmer than the Daiwa Hinata 3' rod. Very short collapsed length. Back in stock.

Owner Micro Fishing Rigs, 120 and 240cm. Pre-rigged line with float, markers, weight and tanago hook. All you need but the rod and the bait. Back in stock.

Nissin Oni Line size 3.5 (orange) Extremely visible orange tenkara line. A bit softer and more opaque than the Sunline. Back in stock.

Fuji Rod Caps (PTC-10, KTC-12 and KTC-16) More secure and harder to lose than tip plugs. Back in stock.

Rod Cases (large and long) Light weight, semi-rigid cases. The large will hold up to 4 tenkara rods. The Long will hold most of the tenkara rods with long collapsed length, and some 2-piece spinning or baitcasting rods. Back in stock.

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.

“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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