Basic knots for Tenkara Fishing
Setting up your new Tenkara Fishing Rod
Attaching your line to your new Tenkara Fishing rod is easy and only takes a few seconds. Simply fold the end loop back over the line forming a loop, place that loop over the lilian (braided end on the tip of the rod), and snug it down tight. Be sure to keep the tip section of the rod inside while you attach and detach lines to protect it from being bent side to side (the easiest way to damage the rod.)
Extending and collapsing your rod
To extend your rod simply grip the first section between your index finger and thumb. While holding the tip near the body section, allow your grip hand’s thumb and index finger to put some pressure on the rod sections as you extend each section in sequence from smallest to largest. Be careful to pull each section out straight and do not pull side to side. Do not flick the rod to telescope the sections out. To collapse the rod, work in reverse and repeat the process of sliding each section down starting at the grip and finishing with the tip section. Be sure to grip the thickest section of each section and do not apply any side to side pressure. Do not bend the rod sections when collapsing. Sections should be pulled only until they are snug and no more. Should a section be difficult to collapse, use downward pressure with a gentle twisting motion to help free the section
Connecting Tippet to Line and Fly
Knowing just one or two knots will help you to rig your tippet to both the line and the fly. The easiest to learn and use for both is the clinch knot. With the tippet ring built into all of our furled lines it works perfect for both ends. We recommend checking out AnimatedKnots.com for a great step by step slide show of how to tie the clinch knot.
Holding your Tenkara Fishing Rod.
Tenkara Fishing Rods are very light weight and are only a few ounces. Holding them may feel a little different than other fishing poles at first but in no time, it becomes very natural. The basic rod grip uses your index finger extended down the length of the grip to help with balance and precision in your cast.
The basic motion for casting your Tenkara fishing rod is very easy to learn. More than anything, in Tenkara your casting is dependent on you relaxing and finding a slow steady rhythm. Your Tenkara fishing rod will do nearly all of the work for you. All you have to do is slowly bring the rod up and back then slowly forward. If you are familiar with the 10-2 o’clock method in western fly fishing, think more 12-2 o’clock for Tenkara. Just a little bit of wrist motion is often all that is needed to move your fly ahead in the stream. The biggest part of getting a good and delicate cast is to relax and let the rod do the work. It is very easy to overpower the rod and not have your line extend the fly cleanly. Slow is smooth and smooth catches fish.
Ready to learn more?
There are some great books available to go further into the history, technique and style of Tenkara Fishing than the scope of our site. Checkout Tenkara - Radically Simple, Ultalight Fly Fishing available in our accessories section in a limited number of signed copies. And the newest book on Tenkara in English, Tenkara Fly Fishing: Insights & Strategies available on Amazon both in paperback and for Kindle.