Tenkara (Which translates "from heaven" or "from the skies") is the traditional Japanese method of fly fishing which incorporates a long flexible rod with a fixed line on the end, and no reel. The first time I heard of Tenkara was when I first met Craig Mathews of Blue Ribbon flies. Craig told me about this amazing new way of fishing, at first I was skeptical but I ordered a rod anyway.
My first rod was a 12ft. Iwana from Tenkara USA. Yes you heard it right, it's 12ft. long. By the way if you are at all interested in Tenkara, please check out Tenkara USA they have all of the information and gear you will ever need.
The Tenkara method is hundreds of years old which has given it time to prove it's effectiveness. When I unpacked my rod I didn't know what I was getting into, as soon as I fished it, I knew. The long rod (and keeping the tip high), allows you to fish pocket water like you never thought possible. There's no more mending, dragging flies, tricky drifts. Nothing is off limits, you can hit ever pocket, every seam. Sound like fun?
If you enjoy fishing small water, give Tenkara a try, I can guarantee you will be glad you did. Enjoy the pics from a few recent Tenkara outings on one of my favorites waters.
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|Chuck's Trude in Action|