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.
I love tenkara fishing and just need to move my feet so the larger fish don’t get too far up or down stream on me and break me off!
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Tenkara Rod Replacement Parts
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12 Tenkara Flies in Box
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Tapered Tenkara Lines (furled lines)
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I fished a few hours, exploring the stream as I went. I'm recovering from a leg injury and move very slowly. I've fished the stream twice and haven't seen any sign of fish.
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