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    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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    Barry Gold (Crozet, US)
    I like using my tenkara gear to catch: Medium size fish (12-16" / 30-40cm)
    I like using my tenkara rod in: Very small streams, Mountain streams, Stillwater
    Places with few other people

    Easy to hike with, set up and catch fish with

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    Jay Dudley (Fair Oaks, US)
    I like using my tenkara gear to catch: Medium size fish (12-16" / 30-40cm), Trout
    I like using my tenkara rod in: Mountain streams, Larger streams or rivers, Backpacking and remote waters
    streams in Montana, Idaho, and Nevada, especially with hopper patterns or Sekasa Kebari tenkara ...

    I like the Tenkara USA Level Line because it is lighter, more visible, and has less of a splash factor than furled line. Unable to get Tenkara USA brand line, I was once "forced" to use a competing brand. It was stiffer, making it harder to get the knots right, and just not as pleasant to use. Give me Tenkara USA line every time!

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    Mark Mayers (Orlando, US)

    I heard about your company on a podcast. Had a great experience calling your company and finding out about your products. Thankful for your Teams patients in confidence answering my questions.

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    Bill Wedelich (Denver, US)
    I like using my tenkara gear to catch: Smaller size fish (say 8-12" / 20-30cm), Medium size fish (12-16" / 30-40cm), Trout
    I like using my tenkara rod in: Very small streams, Mountain streams, Larger streams or rivers
    Mostly rivers in southwest Colorodo

    Only fished with level line once - I was able to cast it just fine - but prefer furled line better when fishing in wind - in SW Colorodo there always seems to be a lot of wind - still in a major learning curve with tenkara so I will keep trying the level line to determine when it would be best

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    Jay Haubert (Los Angeles, US)
    I like using my tenkara gear to catch: Medium size fish (12-16" / 30-40cm), Trout
    I like using my tenkara rod in: Mountain streams, Backpacking and remote waters
    Streams and small lakes

    The line is great took a little getting used to as it has memory but with a gentle stretch and casting technique I caught fish.