Friday, December 17, 2010

Tenkara: High Sticking

Here is another video of Rick fishing Tenkara.

You can see the line and drift control you can achieve when fishing Tenkara. It would have been nice if Rick landed this fish, but that's why we call it fishing.

The one down side I see with Tenkara is once you touch the line to land the fish you lose the spring of the rod. Allowing the fish to pull or break off. Rick commented how the fish went bonkers (usually a massive head shake) when he grabbed the line. This seem to be a problem with fish over 18 inches.


  1. Thanks for sharing, just found your You Tube channel and subscribed.

  2. You'll have to excuse me, but as a Japanese American I appreciate your efforts on showing an example of Tenkara, but this is a very poor example of that style of fishing! The gentleman is fishing a European type marker to indicate strikes so the rigging is not accurate. He's lobbing instead of casting and the angler also is clueless as to what to do when he has a fish on. His fumbling with his net is almost comical.
    Tenkara is almost an art form and a wonderful way to fly fish, but this video is as far from Tenkara as a video promoting fishing a spin rod and bubble with fly is from dry fly fishing....

  3. Matthew,

    You're correct this is not pure Tenkara. I'm new to to this style of fishing (just started this year). I fish an hybrid version and know it. To fish a pure form I'd need better reference that what's on the web. I enjoy fly fishing regardless of the method and I'm always adding/experimenting to increase catching. I'm sharing my experiences and hope people enjoy and learn. I appreciate your comments and would I like to invite you to contribute to the blog my emailing me a post w/ photographs on Tenkara.



  4. Mathew, I'll agree the gentleman looks a little uncomfortable with fishing the Tenkara rod, but this does not take away from the fact he fairly caught and played the fished. The trout spit the fly as happens to all of us. Tenkara is becoming more and more popular here, but the one thing the system sadly lacks it teaching aids. Any of us can go out tomorrow and rent or buy DVDs with pros showing us the basics of casting or fishing a particular style. We can learn the basics of nymphing or how to fish a dry by simple pressing a button on a remote. Yet when it comes to Tenkara, other than a few short commercialized videos on the net, an angler is pretty much on their own!
    I will say this, the first DVD I see come down the pipe that covers the Tenkara style in detail, will be on my shelf in a heart beat. Until then if it takes a little experimentation for an angler to get the hang of things, no big deal!

  5. Matthew, tell me as a Tenkara purist what a florescent pink yellow or green level line is. I will argue it to is an indicator when fishing wet flies or nymphs. Please post something constructive so that you can enlighten the rest of us that might benefit from your wisdom. You seem to be more of a critic than any Tenkara artist that you claim to be. Please stop drinking the Haterade and relax. I do not remember seeing any rule book that came with my Tenkara rods said that I cannot think out of the box. Unfortunately, you cannot deny the similarities that Tenkara has with European Nymphing techniques.
    I am not sad that I did not net the fish though it would have been nice to have on film. So what if having a fish that size on while being in front of the camera, it was a beast not some little tiny chub. I am really not trying to be at the end all authority on Tenkara but last season was productive beyond my imagination fishing dries, emerges nymphs and even traditional Tenkara files. As far as this gentleman is concerned I fish for my own pleasure as the pursuit of trout takes me to some great places and I have met some wonderful folks along the way.