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Anyone fishing Tenkara style? #14361790 12/11/19
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I just bought a Tenkara rod and am excited to try this way of fly fishing. I'm intrigued by its simplicity; it seems like the perfect way to relax on the water. Anyone else fishing this style? Any pointers for a newby??? I got my rod, line, tippets and flies from Tenkara Rod Company in Driggs, Idaho. Great people to work with and always willing to take my phone calls and answer my numerous, stupid questions.

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Re: Anyone fishing Tenkara style? [Re: Utahunter] #14362307 12/11/19
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Please keep us posted. Checked out their website. Cool stuff.


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Re: Anyone fishing Tenkara style? [Re: Utahunter] #14362333 12/11/19
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I've played with it a little bit. It's enjoyable but only in the right sized stream and conditions and otherwise I just found it frustrating. Actually, the most fun I had with it has been with bluegills on a pond.


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Re: Anyone fishing Tenkara style? [Re: Utahunter] #14363159 12/11/19
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Considered it, but there's always a fear that I'll hook up with a line stripping monster. In those cases, I like to give a little.


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Re: Anyone fishing Tenkara style? [Re: Utahunter] #14369781 12/13/19
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I enjoy it quite a bit on small streams. Nothing to it, really. It is just about the perfect way to teach new fishers how to cast and work pocket water.

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Re: Anyone fishing Tenkara style? [Re: Utahunter] #14369815 12/13/19
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I usually pack a little telescoping tenkara rod in my day pack when I'm scouting canyons for deer and elk. I don't think a guy should leave home without something to fish with .. just in case. Tenkara is about as compact as it gets.


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Re: Anyone fishing Tenkara style? [Re: T_O_M] #14374931 12/15/19
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Originally Posted by T_O_M
I usually pack a little telescoping tenkara rod in my day pack when I'm scouting canyons for deer and elk. I don't think a guy should leave home without something to fish with .. just in case. Tenkara is about as compact as it gets.

I find this very interesting. The last thing I need to do is spend more money on fishing, but this is tempting me.


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Re: Anyone fishing Tenkara style? [Re: Utahunter] #14377360 12/16/19
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Some good folks here: Tenkarabum and here: 10 Colors Tenkara

Chris at Tenkarabum is likely the best source of fixed line fishing equipment in the USA. He carries at least 5 different brands of rods that I'm aware of. Running the gamut from Tenkara to microfishing, and has lately started importing very high end small stream lure rods into the USA. Going through a couple years of his blog entries would be well worth your while.

The 10 Colors Tenkara forum site seems to have taken the place of the former tenkara-fishing forum. It's sort of an odd layout, if you're used to forums organized similarly to the Campfire, but it's still fairly easy to search for information. Not all that heavily used, figure on a post a day or so, but it's still alive.

Spend some time reading and watching videos, then go hit the water. Rinse and repeat.

Good luck.



Re: Anyone fishing Tenkara style? [Re: Utahunter] #14389014 12/20/19
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Tenkara is perfect for pocket water and small streams. As TOM noted it is a very lightweight and simple way to have fly gear with you on an outing where fishing is not the primary objective. My BIL is a Tenkara nut. I have seen him land huge trout on the Henry's Fork. The key for big fish is a longer rod with a stiff butt.

Re: Anyone fishing Tenkara style? [Re: Utahunter] #14393002 12/21/19
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I've done a bit and it's fun but not really my cup of tea. It's better than not fishing but fly reels are o n e of my favorite things on earth. I don't think I've every caught a fish with tenkara that I wouldn't have caught with traditional fly tackle but there have been times that it has kept me from catching fish I otherwise would have. My son who happens to live close to you is pretty into it. I also don't know what to do with my left hand.


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Re: Anyone fishing Tenkara style? [Re: fishnut] #14404097 12/25/19
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Originally Posted by fishnut
I also don't know what to do with my left hand.


Brought a smile to my face 'cause this comment is something that I had thought about as well. Aside from that, I've been interested in trying Tenkara since I first learned about the style by reading a Patagonia catalog article several years ago.

Re: Anyone fishing Tenkara style? [Re: Utahunter] #14416423 12/29/19
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I have fished mine on the Clark Fork, Bitterroot, and Blackfoot not exactly small rivers. Tenkara is a great way to fish. I find it a perfect backpacking rod as it is tiny and light. Mountain lakes, creeks, and rivers all fish fine with Tenkara. You just need to be patient with the bigger fish and able to move around.


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