No Lines Attached – Become The Kebari – Tenkara Fly Fishing

On March 12, 2021 • Comments (1)
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TJ's fooled trout

TJ’s fooled trout

Essay by: TJ Ferreira
Sitting at a nice warm spot in the sun, taking a breather next to a very small creek many moons ago, I was watching some flies and bugs. You see, this was one of my solo tenkara trips I often like to take in the warmer times of summer, where I can take all the worries of the world, brush them aside even if for just a couple hours, to play tenkara.
As I sat and watched the flies fly around, I started to think to myself, do these bugs have lines connected to them? Do these flies have some weighted line tied directly to their behinds controlling their every natural or unnatural movement?
Well we know that is not the case, but today I am fly fishing, tenkara fly fishing to be exact. My mind then wandered as I continued daydreaming about this whole line connected to a real fly, and then started to think how my journey of exploring tenkara has shown me what I feel a more natural way to become that fly, for just a few minutes here and there, to trick that trout to take and gobble me up!
Little do the trout know I am using a tenkara rod, my favorite rod the Tenkara USA Sato, casting an artificial fly. “But where is the line”, he says to himself? Well, it is there… but guess what, it is being held off the water so it is much less visible nor does it drag on that fly to make it seem unnatural.
TJ's “Salt and Pepper” Sakasa Kebari

TJ’s “Salt and Pepper” Sakasa Kebari

Tenkara is such a unique, simple, and fun way to fish, and I find it feels more natural than any other method I’ve tried. Probably one of the reasons I was attracted to it back in 2009 when I started my journey of exploring this Japanese form of fly fishing, and making it my own. My own little world for when I need some time away from all the chaos, I can slip away, in peaceful serenity, to become a kebari for a little while.
By fishing a more traditional tenkara method of fly fishing, I was taught to keep the line off the water. Now, I do realize some kind of line connected to the fly will be on the water, and that is where the thinnest of lines come into play, the tippet… a spider web strand of clear line that if presented well, will do little to disturb that attentive trout to think anything unnatural is at play.
There is also a main line above that… quite bright for us humans to see, but the wonderful thing is that this line is held off the water, and can also be used as a built-in indicator. No need for any more thing-a-ma-bobbers or weights, just a simple line. Allow just the fly to land first, and some tippet can follow if needed when submerging the fly to do its own dance under water, but the larger line is kept out of view and out of trout splash range.
On days you’re lucky to witness a wonderful hatch and trout start to rise, you can actually go no line… well no line on the water that is, even no tippet. Holding the line and tippet fully off the water is a breeze with a long tenkara rod, and all that the trout will see is a juicy morsel for dinner!
Become the fly is what I learned this fine day in the Sierra Mountains of Northern California, and you too can create a similar journey, if you want that is. Who does not want a couple hours away, in your own little world, where you can become a kebari for the day? This is the most natural way of fly fishing I know, and I LOVE IT!
Thank you for spending a few minutes of your time today reading about this small little tenkara journey of mine. I hope you enjoy your tenkara too, no strings (or lines) attached.

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Countdown to Spring Tenkara Fishing

On March 5, 2021 • Comments (0)
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Screen Shot 2021-03-05 at 4.28.52 PMHey everyone, happy March. Can you believe there’s only a couple more weeks until the official first day of Spring on March 20th?! The days are getting noticeably longer, and warmer, and that means the big thaw has started or will start soon for many of us here in the Northern Hemisphere.

As far as spring tenkara fishing opportunities go, the name of the game is TIMING. Some of our favorite creeks and rivers are starting to open up and although we’re not quite out of the woods yet for cold dips and moisture, if you time your fishing right you can catch some warm afternoons, and hopefully bug hatches too. It’s also time to get your gear ready.

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Your Guide To Winter Tenkara Fishing

On January 4, 2021 • Comments (0)
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WinterFishPNGYour Guide to Winter Tenkara Fishing
Written By: Jen Kugler Hansen

While some anglers seem to have gone into hibernation and are sitting at their fly-tying vices this time of year, tenkara anglers have some major advantages to get in the winter fly-fishing game. Ice can bring havoc to fly rods, lines and reels, but tenkara rods are perfectly suited to handle icy conditions that traditional fly-fishing rigs cannot. Because a tenkara rod uses a fixed line only attached at the tip there are no guides or reels for ice to collect on, which puts us in the driver’s seat.

Winter tenkara fishing can be a lot of fun if you prepare yourself, so let’s discuss what to expect and we’ll give you some tips that will make your next trip more successful.

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New Video: 10 Tips for Tenkara Fishing

On November 5, 2020 • Comments (0)
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Whenever we put a tenkara rod in someone’s hands, it seems like the tips we share on how to use the rods are the same. So, here’s a video we made to share the 10 most common tips we share for tenkara fishing.

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How to tenkara : All you need to learn to start tenkara fishing (Video)

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We have put together a 17 minute video that goes through everything you need to learn to start tenkara fishing.
In this How-to tenkara video, I go through every step of the way to get you hooking fish with your tenkara rod, line and fly.

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All About Tenkara Nets – video and podcast episode now available

On April 14, 2020 • Comments (0)
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Over the weekend I created my longest video/podcast episode for the Tenkara Cast yet. This time I cover everything about tenkara nets (also known as tenkara “tamo”): where do they come from, how they are made, how to use a tenkara net, and how to make your own. I go into a lot of detail into every aspect of tenkara nets in this episode. The episode clocks in at over one hour and twenty minutes, so I also added timestamps of different sections if you’re interested in one area over another.

Watch now and get more information here or by clicking the image below

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Tenkara Cast: Covering Water

On April 7, 2020 • Comments (1)
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Please check out a new episode of the Tenkara Cast, in which I discuss my method for covering water, stealth, and fishing in windy conditions. In this episode I also do a 5-minute guided meditation in the end, something a bit out there (as tenkara may be anyways) and hope that it helps someone in these crazy days we are living.
The Tenkara Cast is available via your favorite podcasting app, and now also on Spotify.
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NOTE: Our warehouse is still open, but it will be closed for one day on Friday, April 10th. Orders need to be placed by Thursday at 11am MST to avoid delays in shipments. Shipping resumes on Monday, April 13th, but the situation continues to evolve, so get a rod on sale while you can.

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Tenkara+ Social Distancing

On March 20, 2020 • Comments (0)
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Tenkara fly-fishing social distancing

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mounTEN: Issue Seven, April 2019

On April 10, 2019 • Comments (1)
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Welcome to the seventh issue of Tenkara USA’s official monthly ezine, covering the best stories on the tenkara method of fly-fishing. mounTEN brings forth content created by Tenkara USA over the last 10 years in a fun-to-read format. This month features a look back at 10 years of sharing tenkara and building Tenkara USA. Enjoy!

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mounTEN: Issue Six, March 2019

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Welcome to the sixth issue of Tenkara USA’s official monthly ezine, covering the best stories on the tenkara method of fly-fishing. mounTEN brings forth content created by Tenkara USA over the last 10 years in a fun-to-read format. This month features thoughts on simplicity, information on our Tenkara Summit, a story by TJ Ferreira, an article on line management and a new Up Tenkara Creek Comic…plus much more. Enjoy!

You can read the ezine in the reader above, or download the full PDF version here.

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mounTEN: Issue Five, February 2019

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Welcome to the fifth issue of Tenkara USA’s official monthly ezine, covering the best stories on the tenkara method of fly-fishing. mounTEN brings forth content created by Tenkara USA over the last 10 years in a fun-to-read format. This month features an article on our first video, the “one-fly” philosophy, a story on Mr. Katsutoshi Amano, a piece that talks the ideas behind our Sato rod, a new Up Tenkara Creek Comic and much more. Enjoy!

You can read the ezine in the reader above, or download the full PDF version here.

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mounTEN: Issue Four, January 2019

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Welcome to the fourth issue of Tenkara USA’s official monthly ezine, covering the best stories on the tenkara method of fly-fishing. mounTEN brings forth content created by Tenkara USA over the last 10 years in a fun-to-read format. This month features an article on tangles & snags, covers a trip fishing tenkara with Ed Engle and John Gierach, a piece on the versatile tenugui, a new Up Tenkara Creek Comic and much more. Enjoy!

You can read the ezine in the reader above, or download the full PDF version here.

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Latest from Tenkara USA

On January 8, 2019 • Comments (0)
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Besides the blog posts below, here you’ll find the newest content from Tenkara USA:

mounTEN – the tenkara ezine

mounTEN brings to you the best stories and articles we have shared in the TEN years since we introduced tenkara to the US. Each issue contains TEN beautifully designed spreads, and is released on the TENth of every month. Click here to read all issues of mounTEN

  • Tenkara Coloring BookTenkara Coloring Book by Tenkara USA

    Tenkara Coloring Book

    Our designer Jeremy just finished putting together the first Tenkara Coloring Book! We hope this may be a fun activity for you and your family, or something that will...

  • mounTEN: issue 6, March 2019Tenkara ezine, MounTen, issue 6, March 2019

    mounTEN: issue 6, March 2019

    Welcome to the sixth issue of Tenkara USA’s official monthly ezine, covering the best stories on the tenkara method of fly-fishing. mounTEN brings forth content...

  • mounTEN: issue 5, February 2019Tenkara ezine: MounTen February 2019

    mounTEN: issue 5, February 2019

    Welcome to the fifth issue of Tenkara USA’s official monthly ezine, covering the best stories on the tenkara method of fly-fishing. mounTEN brings forth content...

Tenkara Cast – our podcast

The Tenkara Cast features conversations about technique, gear and philosophy, and now also features conversations with Trout Unlimited chapters across the US.

  • The Manzanar Fishing Club, with Cory ShiozakiManzanar eastern sierra tenkara usa

    The Manzanar Fishing Club, with Cory Shiozaki

    Fishing always brings with it a glimmer of hope. But, it can also provide a sense of freedom, and dignity, as the story behind the Manzanar Fishing Club shows us. Daniel...

  • Destinations: Tenkara in Idaho with Chris HuntTenkara Teton National Park podcast

    Destinations: Tenkara in Idaho with Chris Hunt

    Chris Hunt is Trout Unlimited’s National Digital Director and author of Catching Yellowstone’s Wild Trout: A Fly-Fishing History and Guide as well as Fly...

  • Conversation with Jason Klass, and moreTenkara Talk with JAson Klass

    Conversation with Jason Klass, and more

    This time Daniel talks to Jason Klass, the prolific tenkara blogger behind Tenkara Talk. They talk about the 10 years of tenkara, discuss the use of the term...


Click here to listen to more episodes, or subscribe via iTunes or however you listen to podcasts

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mounTEN: issue 3, December 2018

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Welcome to the third issue of Tenkara USA’s official monthly ezine, covering the best stories on the tenkara method of fly-fishing. mounTEN brings forth content created by Tenkara USA over the last 10 years in a fun-to-read format. This month features Ice Shelf Fishing, Bamboo Rods, Iwana Sashimi, a new Up Tenkara Creek Comic and much more. Enjoy!

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mounTEN, issue 2

On November 10, 2018 • Comments (0)
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We received some great feedback and a lot of downloads of the inaugural edition of mounTEN, our new ezine. So, we bring to you the 2nd edition, which has pieces on how to tenkara fish with long lines, a conversation with Dr. Hisao Ishigaki, a piece on the Manzanar fishing camp, and one on the snake-skin tenkara flies of Mr. Hirata.

Download the printable PDF version here

mounTEN is the official ezine of Tenkara USA, and its ten spreads will be published on the 10th of every month. So stay tuned for the next issue, which will be published on December 10th.

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