Tenkara

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Tenkara

Postby USA-RET » Wed Mar 27, 2013 9:22 am

Anyone try this type of fishing. Struck me as something different and a way to enjoy catching smaller fish.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N40BOFYKR38

Video shows streams and trout, but doesn't have to be.

So many small bass and bluegill in heavily fished areas, this could be a fun way to waste some time. Appears to be relatively inexpensive and trouble free. Imagine hooking a 3-4 lber with this outfit. :shock: :lol:

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Re: Tenkara

Postby gpoler » Tue Apr 09, 2013 11:10 pm

Tenkara is the smart way for little streams, for bass you are limited to the distance achievable, but it should be very nice fishing with little bass.
Not Expensive is relative, you could spread some bucks or a whole capital, as any other fishing technique.

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Re: Tenkara

Postby MondayMonkey » Tue May 21, 2013 1:57 pm

Is anyone trying this I just picked a rod off of Plat for 60% off figured why not looked fun lol.

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Re: Tenkara

Postby skinhead » Sat Jun 08, 2013 7:33 pm

I started Tenkara this season. I have a 12' Iwana with the 9'3" conversion handle, a 12' Yamame, both from Tenkara USA, and a Nissin Zerosum 360 7/3. The TUSA rods are good, but I'd say the Nissin is in a different league, totally flawless, which as a JDM rod is to be expected. It's lighter, better balanced, is way better cosmetically and just feels sweeter. The Iwana and Zerosum have both taken brown trout to 1.5lb, while the Yamame has broken 3lb, and lost a double digit salmon. The technique is totally absorbing, this season I haven't even taken a western style outfit onto the water. The only flies that I have tied this year have been Sakasa Kebari, predominantly in the Takayama style. Tenkara has re-awakened an enthusiasm that I haven't truly felt in 40 odd years. I'd recommend all fly fishers to give it a go.

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Re: Tenkara

Postby JWR075 » Fri Jul 26, 2013 2:32 pm

I watched the video of a guy on Wilson Creek in NC fishing Tenkara. I would like to try it seem like a retro way of fishing (almost a modern version of using a cane pole with a fly instead of a worm).

Thinking of getting one just to try it out. Been looking at a Daiwa Neo LL32SC ultra-light.

http://www.allfishingbuy.com/Tenkara-Ro ... LL32SC.htm

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Re: Tenkara

Postby DarkShadow » Thu Jan 02, 2014 3:45 am

If I dragged an 11' rod through some of the canopy that I'm used to hacking into when fishing, I may as well also pack a straight jacket.

God, how I love living in a desert.

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Re: Tenkara

Postby Jrob » Sun Sep 07, 2014 11:13 am

skinhead wrote:I started Tenkara this season. I have a 12' Iwana with the 9'3" conversion handle, a 12' Yamame, both from Tenkara USA, and a Nissin Zerosum 360 7/3. The TUSA rods are good, but I'd say the Nissin is in a different league, totally flawless, which as a JDM rod is to be expected. It's lighter, better balanced, is way better cosmetically and just feels sweeter. The Iwana and Zerosum have both taken brown trout to 1.5lb, while the Yamame has broken 3lb, and lost a double digit salmon. The technique is totally absorbing, this season I haven't even taken a western style outfit onto the water. The only flies that I have tied this year have been Sakasa Kebari, predominantly in the Takayama style. Tenkara has re-awakened an enthusiasm that I haven't truly felt in 40 odd years. I'd recommend all fly fishers to give it a go.

I agree on the zerosum rods!!! Amazing rod series. I highly recommend Tenkara to any fly guys/gals. I was on the fence, started, and now can't get enough. I am totally absorbed with the technique now. Simply amazing!

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Re: Tenkara

Postby nctrucker » Tue Sep 29, 2015 1:28 am

what are you using to carry your tenkara rod in? hard/soft case? none?

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Re: Tenkara

Postby bigreddog » Tue Sep 29, 2015 6:07 am

I don't use anything when I'm on an outing - but where I go, the bushwhacking is far from extreme, and I generally don't bring more than one rod with me. With all the sections stored in the handle, it's a pretty stout package so as long as I'm mindful, the risk to my equipment is minimal. My tamo (net) gets far more abuse, but that's okay.

When I'm back at the car, I'll put it back in the soft sock/sleeve, and that goes in a plastic storage bin with some other gear so it doesn't roll around too much.

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Re: Tenkara

Postby nctrucker » Wed Sep 30, 2015 11:16 pm

I got some tenkara rods off the auction site. they have socks but no hard case. I got on a site I use often out in cheyene wy and got a bunch of orvis rod tubes under $20 each. even found some helios carbon fiber tubes!
they work well but are not really in a minimalist vein, so to speak. two rods will fit in one case easily. I like the protection of a hard case given my rush to get things rolling. I do have several "custom" rods which are two to six inches shorter than original.

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Re: Tenkara

Postby bigreddog » Thu Oct 01, 2015 3:38 am

None of my tenkara rods (all purchased new, all high end) came with a hard case -- only a sock or sleeve. I honestly think they're not necessary because when all the sections are nested, that equates to multiple layers of protection for the most delicate parts (e.g. the tip).

That said, there's nothing that says using a hard case is wrong. I once received a conventional high-end 5-piece JDM travel rod shipped from the manufacturer in a hard document tube (the kind you carry rolled-up documents in). It had the additional benefit of having a cord that keeps the cap connected to the tube which can also be used as a shoulder strap -- so there's another cost-effective solution that might work for you as well.


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