Tenkara Level Line
Tenkara level lines are lines specifically used for casting with tenkara which have a level diameter and can be cut at any length. The best tenkara level lines: high visibility, little memory, the right stiffness and density for casting, and easy to keep off the water for drag-free drifts.
Benefits of tenkara level lines:
- Lighter weight, which allows anglers to keep the line off the water as the fly drifts on the other side of multiple currents. This provides for very good drifts.
- Versatility, where an angler can cut whatever length of line is desired or join lines together.
- Economics, A spool contains 65 feet (23m), and allows you to make 4 or 5 lines, for a lower cost per line.
Things to keep in mind: level lines require a slightly faster casting stroke, with very little pause on the back cast, and take more getting used to casting due to their light weight. Also, they do not have a pre-tied loop for girth-hitching to the rod tip. You can see how to setup a tenkara level line here.
Which level line weight should you choose?
The larger the number the heavier the level line. # 3.5 is our main recommendation for most conditions. #4.5 is the heaviest line, it performs better in windier conditions or with stiffer rods, and will be easier to cast but will sag a bit more under the rod tip. #2.5 is the lightest tenkara line we offer; it stays off the water beautifully for the best fly presentations, but it is harder to cast with, especially when there is wind or with stiff rods.
Note: the tenkara line weights we use are not in any way related to western fly-line weights, the numbers come from an old Japanese system and are not necessarily paired with a rod.
What length of tenkara line should I use?
That's up to you. As rules of thumb, your first and possibly main lines will be roughly the same length as the rod (plus 4-5 feet of tippet at the end). As you see a need for it, you can experiment with longer lines. While you can fish with lines that are twice the length of the rod (or more), we find that a more comfortable place is getting a line up to 1.5x the length of the rod (12ft rod, 18ft line for example - plus 4ft of tippet).
We typically carry a Keeper™ which accommodates two lines. On one side we will carry a "short" line, 12ft, and on the other a long line, 18ft for example. Experimenting and seeing what you find works well for you and your waters is a big part of the fun here.
What is tenkara level line made of?
The Tenkaraara USA® level line is made of a proprietary formula of fluorocarbon.
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I was using furled line for the longest time and decided to give this line a try. It is extremely light and easy to keep off the water! The color makes it so easy to see to help detect bites. I used 3.5 and it cast like a champ!
I bought this level line so I could cut my own mainlines at the lengths I wanted. This line has landed anything from little sunfish to carp over 8 pounds with my Sato. I'm definitely going to be using this line as my mainline from now on.
I like that it comes in a spool so I can cut it to whatever length I want.
The Tenkara USA level line is my go-to line for the majority of the fishing I do. It casts really well with laser like precision. The level line casts “snappier” than the furled line. It has lower memory to it than some other brands of level line I have used. Even after being coiled up on a spool for a while, all it takes is some light stretching and it’s back to being straight. One of the greatest advantages to level line is the ability to cut it at any length. Tenkara USA level line gives you plenty of line on a spool to make several long lines. The only real disadvantage to level line is the wind. It becomes trickier to cast in the wind than a furled line.
Very impressed with the line. Great value and easy to work with and fun to use. Very durable thus far.