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YGK line spool

Hi-Vis fluorocarbon in sizes 2 and 1.5 is available again! The YGK line is a salt water fishing line rather than a tenkara line. It works great for tenkara and comes with 150m on a spool. That ought to be a lifetime's supply. Fluorocarbon line casts more easily than nylon, even in these sizes.

YGK Hi-Vis Fluoro size 1.5
150m - $25
YGK Hi-Vis Fluoro size 2
150m - $25

Nissin Oni Lines, pink and orange

I've waited a long time to get a Hi-Vis size 2.5 line. I think Nissin's Oni Tenkara line will prove to have been worth the wait.

The line comes in sizes 2.5, 3, 3.5, 4 and 4.5. The line also comes in an extremely bright fluorescent orange and an only slightly less vibrant pink. More info...

20m - $18.00

Oni Line Orange size 2.5

Oni Line Orange size 3

Oni Line Orange size 3.5

Oni Line Orange size 4

Oni Line Orange size 4.5

Oni Line Pink size 2.5

Oni Line Pink size 3

Oni Line Pink size 3.5

Oni Line Pink size 4

Oni Line Pink size 4.5

Sunline tenkara line spool

The Sunline Tenkara Buttobi (pronounced boot-toe-bee) Fluorocarbon 100% Level Line is a Hi-Vis fluorescent orange tenkara line that is extremely visible. In low light conditions it almost glows. The line is packaged on 30 meter spools that are about the size of tippet spools and come with an elastic band similar to that on the Varivas tippet. Available in sizes 3, 3.5, 4 and 4.5.

Use the lightest line you can get away with. I use size 3 for seiryu rods, 5:5 tenkara rods and for most 6:4 rods and size 3.5 for almost everything else. Size 4 is good for beginners learning to cast and for breezy days. Use 4.5 only with the stiffest rods, windy days or wind resistant flies. More info...

Sunline Tenkara Buttobi Level Line - $18.00 for 30 meters

Sunline size 3
Sunline size 3.5

Sunline size 4
Sunline size 4.5

Yamatoyo tenkara line spool

The Yamatoyo Tenkara LEVEL line is a fluorescent chartreuse fluorocarbon line. Against some backgrounds, this line is more visible than the orange line and against some, the orange line is more visible than this line.

The biggest thing this line has going for it is that it comes on 50m spools rather than the 30m spools for Sunline or 20m spools for the Nissin Oni line.

Compared to Sunline, it is also a bit easier to stretch the line to remove the memory. Compared to the Nissin line it is a bit harder. More info...

The Yamatoyo line comes in sizes 3, 3.5 and 4.

Yamatoyo Tenkara Level line - $19 for 50 meters

Yamatoyo size 3

Yamatoyo size 3.5

Yamatoyo size 4

Fujino White tenkara line package

When I took the White Tenkara line out for the first time I decided I really liked it. It is visible enough to see. I didn't fish it in late evening or deep shade, when you might want to switch to the bright orange Soft Tenkara. It is also likely to be a lot more stealthy. I don't think brightly colored lines scare fish, but I know some people think they do. This line, with the sky as a background, should be almost invisible to the fish.

I was actually a bit surprised at how well the Fujino White Tenkara line casts. It may be that I have become a better caster in the last few years, but it might be the line also. More info...

Fujino White tapered nylon tenkara line - $15.50

Fujino White Line, 3m

Fujino White Line, 3.3m

Fujino White Line, 3.6m

Fujino White Line, 4m

Fujino Midi tenkara line package

The Tenkara Midi line is a tapered tenkara line that is essentially a long,  knotless tapered leader that is extremely hi-vis. It is nylon, which means it will not cast as easily as a fluorocarbon level line in a breeze, but it settles to the water's surface very softly and will not sink as quickly as fluorocarbon. You might prefer it for fishing small dry flies. I find it works better with softer rods. More info...

Fujino Midi tapered nylon tenkara line - $15.50

Tenkara Midi Line, 3.5m

Tenkara Midi Line, 4m

Tenkara Midi Line, 4.5m

Daiwa Floating Line package

The Daiwa Tenkara Floating Line is a thin (.024") monofilament core PVC fly line. Daiwa even calls it their Tenkara Fly Line.

It is light enough that it casts well with even level line rods, yet it has enough mass to cast bass bugs. More info...

Daiwa Floating Line, 4m - $19

Daiwa Floating Line, 5m - $21

Daiwa Floating Line, 7m - $24

Fujino Soft Tenkara, Long Type spool
Fujino Soft Tenkara, Long Type spool - back view showing orange color

At the Oni School in Salt Lake City, Tenkara no Oni cast a 10 meter line, and then had the students casting a 10 meter line! I prefer to fish with shorter lines, but the Fujino Soft Tenkara Long Type that Oni used at the school is an excellent training device. With good form, you can cast a 7, 8, or 9 meter line. With bad form, you can't. This line will help you improve your casting by letting you know when your form is correct.

And, if you do want to fish with long lines - these are the lines that Oni recommends. More info...

Fujino Soft Tenkara
Long Type 7m - $17
Fujino Soft Tenkara
Long Type 8m - $17
Fujino Soft Tenkara
Long Type 9m - $19

Sunline Tenkara Tapered Line

Sunline makes two tapered tenkara lines. Both are clear fluorocarbon and both are 8m long. The difference is in the size of the butt portion and in the length of the taper.

Keiryu Line and Markers

Sunline Tenjo Line package

Technically, this is a line for ayu fishing rather than keiryu fishing, but it is the right size to use as a tenjo line for most of the keiryu rods I carry. It is an extremely bright fluorescent orange, so it is much more visible than the clear or black lines that keiryu anglers use. It is thinner than 3X tippet, so it has little weight and minimal line sag.

The tenjo line (translates as "heaven" or "sky" line) is the upper portion of a three piece keiryu line. It is hi-vis so you can get a sense of where you line is during the cast. It is thicker than your main line to reduce tangles and so that you should never lose it to snags (the weaker tippet should always break first). Attach it to your lillian with a girth hitch. I use between 3' for the 4.5m keiryu rods up to 6' for the 6+m rods. Tying a tippet ring to the other end makes attaching the main line easier.

The middle portion of the keiyu line is the main line, for which you can use fluorocarbon tippet material anywhere from 4X to 8X, depending on the rod and how light you want to go. The markers are tied to this section of line. I tie a tippet ring to the end of the main line.

The third portion of the keiryu line is the "hook length" (British term) or actual "tippet," to which the split shot is clamped and to which your hook is attached.

Sunline Tenjo Line, Fluoro, size 1.25 - $15

The Owner Pro Marker package contains pre-cut markers in fluorescent pink, fluorescent yellow, white, fluorescent orange, and  fluorescent chartreuse. Each pre-cut marker is about 3" long and is just knotted around the line.

Because the markers are pre-cut they are very convenient to use. Perhaps the biggest advantage the Pro Markers have over the Bright Markers, though, is that you can very easily use markers of different colors. All the colors are quite visible, but using more than one color at a time really makes them stand out against any background. More info...

Owner Pro Marker spools.  6m per spool.

Sighter Material

TenkaraBum Tactical Nymphing Sighter package
TenkaraBum Tactical Nymphing Sighter with fish on the line.

The TenkaraBum Tactical Nymphing Sighter provides unmatched flexibility to match sighter colors to the water and lighting conditions. Each line section has white, fluorescent orange and fluorescent chartreuse, with each color separated by opaque black.

White is the most stealthy. If you have trouble seeing the white because of foam or white water, you can cut a sighter that is chartreuse over white, or orange over white or even orange over chartreuse over white.

Use 0X or -2X fluorocarbon tippet material as your tenkara line, then the TenkaraBum Tactical Nymphing Sighter, then your regular tippet.

If you want to experiment with nylon as a  tenkara line, there's no better way to do it than with the TenkaraBum Tactical Nymphing Sighter. You might decide you prefer fluorocarbon. In that case, you still have very useful sighter material. The .013 sighter is Japanese size 4 line. The .011 is Japanese size 3 line. The .008 sighter is size 1.5, which is probably too small to bother with unless you fish with the Air Stage Hakubai 190. The sighters are shorter than you would want to fish with (except with the 190), but it is easy to tie two sighters together with a surgeon's knot, blood knot or back-to-back Uni knots. 

TenkaraBum Tactical Nymphing Sighter .011" - $8

Line Holders

Fuji EZ Keeper on rod, holding line and fly

The Fuji EZ Keepers offer a convenient way to manage your line when you collapse your rod. Perhaps their biggest advantages are that you will not get line twist and your fully rigged and collapsed rod fits inside the Tenkara USA rod sock or Ebira rod quiver so you can be ready to fish in seconds. More info...

Fuji EZ Keepers Package of one - $4

For tenkara rods, you will need two EZ Keepers.

They come one per package.

You must buy two packages to get two EZ Keepers!

Chibi Maru tenkara line holder

People really like the Fuji EZ Keepers as a way to manage your line when you move from spot to spot, or even to keep your rod fully rigged and ready to go at a moment's notice. However, these small tenkara line holders offer some advantages, too.

First, you can easily keep a line fully rigged - with tippet and fly or flies attached even after you have taken the line off the rod. Second, if you are fishing multiple flies it is a bit easier to secure both flies safely with the round spool than with the EZ Keepers. If you have lines of different lengths (recommended) you might want more than one line holder.  More info...

Chibi Maru - Small Tenkara Line Holders (package of two) - $10


Varivas Nylon Tippet

Varivas tippet package

Varivas Super Tippet Master Spec  has a resin coating and a "non stress" coating that is supposed to make it more abrasion resistant and also resistant to kinking.

50-meter spool - $16  More info...

Varivas Nylon, 3X

Varivas Nylon, 5X

Varivas Nylon, 7X

Varivas Nylon, 9X
Varivas Nylon, 4X

Varivas Nylon, 6X

Varivas Nylon, 8X

Varivas Fluorocarbon Tippet

Varivas Fluorocarbon tippet package

Varivas Master Spec is also available in fluorocarbon. Although I generally use nylon tippets, many anglers prefer fluorocarbon 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. 30 meter spool.

Sizes -2X, 0X and 1X are equivalent to Japanese line sizes 4, 3 and 2.5, respectively. You can use them as clear, ultra stealthy tenkara line.

Varivas Fluorocarbon
Master Spec -2X
(Japanese size 4)
25m spool - $16
Varivas Fluorocarbon
Master Spec 0X
(Japanese size 3)
25m spool - $16

Varivas Fluorocarbon
Master Spec 1X
30m spool - $16
Varivas Fluorocarbon
Master Spec 2X
30m spool - $16

Varivas Fluorocarbon
Master Spec
30m spool 3X - $16
Varivas Fluorocarbon
Master Spec 4X
30m spool - $16

Varivas Fluorocarbon
Master Spec 8X
30m spool - $16
Varivas Fluorocarbon
Master Spec 10X
30m spool - $16

Varivas Fluorocarbon
Master Spec Pro 6X
50m spool - $26.00
Varivas Fluorocarbon
Master Spec Pro 7X
50m spool - $26.00

Fujino Tippet

Tenkara Tippet by Fujino (probably the largest producer of tippet in Japan). Sizes range from 3.6X (Japanese size 1.2), which is the maximum recommended by Nissin for most of its tenkara rods, through 6.5X (Japanese size .5) which is the maximum recommended by Suntech and Nissin for rods like the Kurenai, Air Stage and Royal Stage seiryu rods, the 450ZX soft and the Pocket Mini. 30 meter spools.

Fujino nylon tippet package
Fujino Nylon Tippet 6.5X $11.00

Fujino Nylon Tippet 6X $11.00

Fujino Nylon Tippet 5X $11.00

Fujino Nylon Tippet 4X $11.00

Fujino fluorocarbon tippet package
Fujino Fluoro Tippet 6.5X $13.00

Fujino Fluorocarbon Tippet 6X $13.00

Fujino Fluorocarbon Tippet 5X $13.00

Fujino Fluorocarbon Tippet 4X $13.00

Carp Tippet

Varivas heavy tippet package

Varivas Master Spec Fluorocarbon tippets for carp fishing . The 5X tippet you use on your tenkara rod isn't going to cut it with carp. If you have a carp rod rated for heavier tippet, use it.

When used as a tenkara line along with the TenkaraBum Tactical Nymphing Sighter, it makes an extremely stealthy rig for fishing weighed nymphs

Varivas Master Spec Fluorocarbon - $14
-2X and 0X - 25m spools
1X, 2X, 3X - 30m spools

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

Varivas Fluorocarbon -2X
16 lb test - $16

Varivas Fluorocarbon 0X
13.2 lb test - $16

Varivas Fluorocarbon 1X
11.2 lb test - $16

Varivas Fluorocarbon 2X
9.6 lb test - $16

Varivas Fluorocarbon 3X
7.2 lb test - $16

Tippet Rings

Stonfo tippet ring package

Tippet rings are a handy way to tie tippet onto your line or to tie droppers onto you tippet if you fish with multiple flies. I especially like them for constructing keiryu lines, which consist of different diameters of very light line.

These are the tippet rings sold by Stonfo in Italy. They come on a very handy split ring so you can easily tie your line or tippet to the tippet ring before removing the tippet ring from the split ring. No more lost rings!

Tippet Rings (package of 10) - $8.50

Horsehair Line Kit

Horsehair Line Kit (discontinued)

I no longer sell the Horsehair Line Kit. The full set of instructions for making a horsehair line are on the Horsehair Lines page.


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Import Duties and Taxes

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Priority Mail Upgrade

In many cases, my standard shipping (USPS First Class) is just as fast as Priority Mail - but not always. If you want your line or other small items to be mailed via Priority Mail (normally 2-3 day delivery anywhere in the US) there is an extra fee of $4. If you order a rod at the same time as the line, do not add the $4 because rods are already shipped via Priority Mail.

Priority Mail Upgrade - Additional $4

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