Choosing a tenkara line is a personal preference that will depend on the length of your rod. The desired length of your rod and line length will depend on the fishing technique you will be using and the conditions that you plan to fish in. Generally, your line should be the same length or slightly longer than your rod so for longer rods you will have a longer line. You also need to ensure you have the correct line weight and visibility. When casting, the line needs to be heavy enough to cast but light enough that it’s a visible line and you can keep the line off the water once the fly lands.
The best line to use for tenkara depends on your fishing technique and the fishing conditions. For the best results, choose a tenkara line for your tenkara-style fishing as it has been specifically designed for tenkara. There are different benefits to using lighter or heavier lines. A heavier line will sag under the rod tip while a lighter line will be more difficult to cast but stay off the water for a longer distance.
Tenkara lines are similar to Western fly fishing lines but the tenkara line is a shorter line cut specifically for tenkara-style fishing.
You can use Western fly lines with a tenkara rod, but for the best results consider using tenkara lines.
A furled line is a more traditional style line like a Western-style tapered line. Furled leaders are made by a twisting process. There are different materials that can be used including monofilament, thread and horsehair lines. Level lines are lighter than furled lines. A level line is usually a fluorocarbon line and is not a tapered line. Level lines sag less and are also easier to keep off the water’s surface.
The best way to learn how to set up a tenkara line is to see a demonstration. Check out our handy video on setting up and rigging your tenkara rod, line and fly.
Unlike a Western fly fishing rod where the line is attached to the fly reel, a tenkara line is directly attached to your tenkara rod tip. The line should be attached to the lilian, a piece of line attached to your rod, with a simple slip knot. A tippet is then attached to your main tenkara line with a tippet ring.
Being a novice fly fisherman with zero experience in Tenkara, I found the learning curve to be very easy - with the help from Tenkara USA's instruction videos.
Within the first 6 months of purchasing my Sato Rod and Starter Kit, I have fished a wide range of waters from the banks of high mountain streams, to the shores of small ponds, to the inlets of lowland lakes from my paddleboard. It has quickly become my go-to rod for quick hikes, 4 wheeling Jeep trips, as well as multiday fishing excursions.
The versatility of the Sato has allowed me to catch everything from brookies and trout to pan fish. With the simplicity of the starter kit, I have everything I need to get a fly in the water within minutes of finding a fishing spot.
Perfect line, casts smoothly with a delicate presentation (I use Copeland 3x 4x 5x no problem on a TUSA Sato, TRC Sawtooth & Kita 380 with dries, terrestrials, kebari, and nymphs. If I’m casting in the wind this is my go to
I have enjoyed my Tenkara fishing experiences. My son and I have gone out on many occasions and both enjoy the time on the water and catching fish on the Tenkara rods.
Tenkara USA has been a great support as my wife and I began a new hobby of fishing in PNW small streams and alpine lakes. My wife loves her Iwana fixed length rod that is so light and responsive. I use a Sato most of the time. When on my ADV motorcycle in the back country, I always have the Hane tucked safely in my pannier box, along with a net. Washington and Oregon have great fishing off the beaten path. The Hane is perfect to have along on all my rides. I couldn’t be happier with our gear and the great customer support I have received.
I sure am glad Tenkara USA has spare tips, readily available. Didn't take long to break my first rod. Great company, products and especially service.
The Tenkara kit together with the Hane rod were perfect - purchased two sets for my son and me. As first time anglers and also new to tenkara, this set up and all the helpful info (on line and YouTube) that Tenkara USA provided helped us start our tenkara journey with a bang during our recent backpacking trip to Yosemite Ten Lakes! Thank you!
Provides a new approach to fishing, especially targeting fish, dry fly or nymph, on small to medium
streams with varying currents and objects such as boulders etc.
Incredible rod! Love using in the small streams of Western North Carolina!
Just a swell jacket. I love the color. I got this to use this as a spare rain jacket for my Yonah fanny pack(a perfect fit). It has rained a lot lately, so I have gotten to use thus a bunch and I couldn't be happier with it. It repels water like a champ!
Best fly rod I've owned! Intuitive, caught fish within 30 minutes first time out.