Tenkara rods are primarily used for fly fishing in small mountain streams and rivers. The rods are very versatile and can be used to catch a variety of different fresh water fish.
Tenkara rods are reel-less rods that include a rod, line and fly. The line is connected directly to the tip of the rod.
Tenkara rods are made of carbon fiber making tenkara rods extremely durable and designed to catch large fish.
You can use any fly with a tenkara rod, but for the best results consider using tenkara flies. We offer four fly patterns that are effective in a variety of waters and regions and offer great movement under water.
The size of the rod you need depends on the type of fishing you’d like to do as well as the terrain and size of the area in which you plan to fish. If you plan to fish in small streams with low, overhanging branches, then a shorter tenkara rod is a good option. A longer rod is good if you’re fishing in larger, more open streams and require more reach.
Tenkara has a variety of rods and the best rod depends on what type and size fish you want to catch, the stream size, terrain and the area you’re located in. If you’re unsure which is the best tenkara rod for you, contact us to get advice from our expert tenkara anglers.
You can use different tenkara lines, including the tenkara nylon line or tenkara furled line, with any tenkara rods.
With longer rods, you are able to hold your line and leader off the water and it’s also easier to reach the rod tip over currents so there’s less risk of your fly being dragged off course.
Tenkara rods are ultralight by design and easy to use. The rod design allows your fly to be in the water for longer which means you spend less time false casting and can achieve longer drifts. They’re also a more versatile rod than a traditional fly rod, meaning you can fish in smaller streams and areas you would often not be able to access with other fly rods.
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.