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Tenkara Tippet

Tenkara tippet is a bit of a misnomer, I guess, as you don't need special tippet for tenkara. You do need tippet, though, even though it never seems to get included in the rod, line and fly "necessities." Although different anglers use different lengths of tippet, I generally use between 3 and 4 feet of tippet. Traditional tenkara wet flies will turn over just fine even if you tie the tippet directly to the line. You don't have to worry about the step from the relatively thick line to the relatively thin tippet being too great.

In general, I recommend 5X tippet for most tenkara rods. Nissin recommends tippets ranging from 5X to 3.6X for most of their tenkara rods. The Fujino Tippet below comes in 3.6X (Japanese line size 1.2). for most fish I don't think you need to go that strong, and the stronger the tippet the greater the chance that either a snag or a larger than expected fish can break your rod. Most Japanese anglers never hook a fish that could break their rod, many American anglers do. Most of the rods do not have warranties, so use your own discretion (personally, I would stick to 5X).

For some of the lighter rods offered here, for example the Suntech Kurenai, Nissin Air Stage Hakubai and Nissin Pocket Mini, even 6X is too strong. Please heed the manufacturers' recommendations

The reason for light tippet is that without a reel, you cannot let fish run against a drag system. In tenkara the line is tied firmly to the rod tip, and as a fish tries to run it meets gradually increasing resistance as the rod bends into its stiffer middle and butt sections. If the fish is strong enough, though, eventually something is going to break. You don't want it to be the rod. In tenkara, tippet is the weak link that has to be built into the system. Tenkara rods are very supple, and are very good at protecting light tippets. Light tippets are very good at protecting tenkara rods.


Varivas Super Tippet Master Spec

Package of tippetVarivas Super Tippet Master Spec Nylon

Varivas Super Tippet Master Spec Nylon is a premium quality tippet material at a premium price. The spools hold 50 meters (compared to 25 or 30 for most other brands).

Varivas Super Tippet Master Spec spools are color coded, and have color coded retainers to make it easier to get the right one if you have several on a post.

For carp and rough fish anglers using the Nissin carp rods, 3X nylon is now in the shop. I would not use it with any of the keiryu rods.

For the microfishermen and keiryu anglers interested in pursuing the Zero concept in fishing, the nylon Varivas also comes in 9X tippet, with 1.6# breaking strength. Several Suntech rods are designed for tippet as light as 9X, including the popular TenkaraBum Traveler.

Varivas Master Spec Nylon
30m 3X - $16

Varivas Master Spec Nylon
30m 4X - $16

Varivas Master Spec Nylon
30m 5X - $16

Varivas Master Spec Nylon
30m 6X - $16

Varivas Master Spec Nylon
30m 7X - $16

Varivas Master Spec Nylon
30m 8X - $16

Varivas Master Spec Nylon
30m 9X - $16

Varivas Super Tippet Master Spec Fluorocarbon

Varivas Super Tippet Master Spec Fluorocarbon is a premium quality tippet material at a premium price. The spools hold 30 meters.

Varivas Super Tippet Master Spec spools are color coded, and have color coded retainers to make it easier to get the right one if you have several on a post.

Varivas Master Spec Fluoro
30m 4X - $16

Varivas Master Spec Fluoro
30m 5X - $16

Varivas Master Spec Fluoro
30m 6X - $16

Varivas Master Spec Fluoro
30m 7X - $16

Varivas Master Spec Fluoro
30m 8X - $16

Varivas Super Tippet Master Spec Pro package

Varivas Super Tippet Master Spec PRO fluorocarbon is new this year. It has a smooth "tech" coating and is stronger than the previous Master Spec fluorocarbon.

Most important is that it comes on 50m spools rather than the 30m spools, which is how the Master Spec fluorocarbon was packaged.

The 50m spool for $26 is actually a little cheaper per meter than the 30m spool for $16.

Although I generally use nylon tippets, many anglers prefer fluorocarbon for their tenkara tippets when fishing wet flies and nymphs. Fluorocarbon's greater density does make it sink better than nylon, and the refractive index is much closer to that of water so fluorocarbon is less visible.

Varivas Master Spec PRO Fluoro
50m 6X - $26

Varivas Master Spec PRO Fluoro
50m 7X - $26

Fujino Tenkara Tippet

When I first wrote this page, the "Tenkara Tippet" title was a bit tongue in cheek. Who'd ever heard of a specific tippet for tenkara? Well, it does exist.

Fujino, which might actually produce most of the tippet made in Japan, does in fact make a "Tenkara Tippet." In addition to what we in the US consider standard tippet sizes, they also make it in a Japanese size .5 (6.5X), which is the maximum size recommended for  the Suntech Kurenai and the Nissin Pocket Mini.

The Fujino Tenkara Tippet is available in Nylon or Fluorocarbon on 30m spools. The packages do not indicate the breaking strength.

Fujino Nylon Tippet
Fujino Nylon Tippet
30m 5X - $10.00

Fujino Nylon Tippet
30m 6X - $10.00

Fujino Nylon Tippet
30m 6.5X - $10.00

Fujino Fluorocarbon Tippet
Fujino Fluorocarbon Tippet
30m 5X - $13.00

Fujino Fluorocarbon Tippet
30m 6X - $13.00

Fujino Fluorocarbon Tippet
30m 6.5X - $13.00


Carp Tippets - Clear Tenkara Line

Varivas Master Spec Fluorocarbon

Varivas Master Spec Fluorocarbon tippets for carp fishing or as clear tenkara line for use with keiryu markers.

Japanese line size 4 = -2X
Japanese line size 3 = 0X
Japanese line size 2.5 = 1X
Japanese line size 2 = 2X

-2X, 0X - 25m spools
1X, 2X, 3X - 30m spools

Varivas Master Spec Fluoro -2X
16 lb test, 25m - $16

Varivas Fluorocarbon 0X
13.2 lb test, 25m - $16

Varivas Fluorocarbon 1X
11.2 lb test, 30m - $16

Varivas Fluorocarbon 2X
9.6 lb test 30m - $16

Varivas Fluorocarbon 3X
7.2 lb test 30m - $16

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