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Tenkara a Little Too Simple for This Angler

By April 29, 2013

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With how crazy my life is getting with three kids and work, and more work, I tend to follow the K.I.S.S. rule whenever possible. In other words, Keep It Simple Stupid.

But this whole Tenkara craze is probably a little too simple, at least in my eyes.

I'm interested in the idea of Tenkara -- which is a style of rod (without the reel) invented some 500-plus years ago by commercial anglers hunting trout in Japan -- but not interested in trying it other than maybe once, just because I love to hear my reel scream when I'm on a big fish.

But, you see, Tenkara doesn't use a reel, as the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes in a recent column.

Tenkara doesn't use a fly line either, which, doesn't really sit well with this fly fisher.

Other than that, looks like fun.

What do you think? Share your comments below.


May 3, 2013 at 12:10 am
(1) karel says:

well…. you can’t really form an opinion without having tried it, can you? give it a try and you will be surprised – on many levels.

May 13, 2013 at 11:53 am
(2) Doug Medesha says:

I’d certainly give Tenkara a try, but the price of entry is a bit steep for me. We do quite a bit of kayak nymphing and streamer fishing, and the “packability” and simplicity of equipment might work well with paddling. With only four fly size-pattern combinations, it sure makes for a small fly box.

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