Tenkara USA® – the Original tenkara brand in the US

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Established in 2009, Tenkara USA is the original tenkara brand in the US.


What is tenkara?

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Tenkara is the simple Japanese method of fly-fishing, which uses only a rod, line and fly. Tenkara rods are ultra-portable, telescoping down to as little as 15 inches, but extending out to over 10ft long. If you enjoy fishing mountain streams, you’ll enjoy the presentations provided by tenkara, where you can cast on the other side of multiple currents for a clean fly presentation where no line gets dragged by the currents. Tenkara USA gear is ideal for anyone looking for an intuitive and fun way to fly-fish or something to take along on a hike without the complexities often present in fly-fishing and casting with a rod and reel setup. Keep browsing to learn all you may want to know about tenkara, or to get your own tenkara gear.
So, what is tenkara? tenkara is the simplest way for you to connect with nature via fly-fishing.



Fish simply,


The essence of tenkara is the reliance on little equipment. Only a tenkara rod, tenkara line and tippet, and tenkara flies are used. Any of our tenkara rods are well-suited for beginners, any of our tenkara lines can be paired with the rods we offer and any fly can be used. You can read reviews of tenkara rods for sale here. Shop for rods below.


Why buy
Tenkara USA®?

Tenkara is all we do. Since our inception in 2009 we built a reputation for excellent quality and the best service in the industry. You can call or email and we actually pick up the phone! We encourage you to try that before making your purchase: 888.i.tenkara. Each person in our team is a tenkara angler and will be happy to support your purchase and answer questions – read these testimonials. We are also part of 1% for the Planet, with 1% of every sale going to environmental organizations that ensure we all have good places to fish, and are the only tenkara rod company with that commitment.

Exclusive Tenkara Rod Designs:
Over a decade of improvements!

Our rods use very high grade components, including carbon fiber made with exclusive processes to ensure they will land that fish of a lifetime while remaining ultra-light in their weight. We knew from the start that to successfully introduce tenkara outside of Japan we had to offer tenkara equipment anglers could rely on. We designed our tenkara rods to withstand the pressures of catching large fish and being used in variety of situations. Over the last decade we have taken every opportunity to refine our small selection of rods rather than releasing a new rod every season to simply make more sales, as a result our rods have been tested and improved for years (in the case of our now classic 12ft Iwana rods, for over a decade!). We have designed unique features, such as the Keep Your Plug™ system used on our adjustable tenkara rods so that you will never lose your tenkara rod plug. And, the adjustable feature of our tenkara rods doesn’t wear out as it does on a lot of other tenkara “zoom” rods in the market.

Tenkara Care™

The Tenkara Care™ Guarantee is our commitment to getting your tenkara rod back in working order as quickly as possible should you ever have any problems. Tenkara USA rods come with a lifetime warranty; in most cases you do not have to mail anything back to us as we can send you replacement parts for Tenkara USA rods. If you have any problems just call us at 888.i.tenkara or email us. We will take care of you.

Tenkara Videos

The advantages of tenkara can be clearly seen when watching tenkara videos: the pinpoint accurate casts, the ability to keep line off the currents for drag-free presentations of the fly, the intuitive landing of fish. In our video library we show you the benefits of tenkara and everything you need to know to teach yourself how to tenkara fly-fish!

The most complete library of tenkara videos, Tenkara USA has created over 100 videos over the years, covering everything you need to know to get fly-fishing with tenkara and to be inspired to connect with nature through tenkara.

  • How to Choose a Tenkara Rod (2018) how to choose a tenkara rod, updated video 2018

    How to Choose a Tenkara Rod (2018)

    In this video, tenkara guide Allie Marriott will guide you through the process of how to choose a tenkara rod among our selection. From tight waters to big rivers, and...

  • Yuzo Sebata Tying Tenkara Flies, Streamside Streamside fly-tying with Mr. Yuzo Sebata

    Yuzo Sebata Tying Tenkara Flies, Streamside

    Mr. Yuzo Sebata is one of the most well-known tenkara anglers in Japan. He keeps his fly-fishing simple and enjoys backpacking in the mountains of Japan catching trout...

  • About tenkara flies (Episode 4) About tenkara flies

    About tenkara flies (Episode 4)

    In episode 4 of our series, the “2-minute Guides to Tenkara”, Daniel Galhardo talks about tenkara flies and focuses on the reverse-hackle style tenkara fly,...

  • Intro to tenkara (Episode 1) Video: 2-Minute Guides to Tenkara, episode 1

    Intro to tenkara (Episode 1)

    In the first episode of our new series, the “2-minute Guides to Tenkara”, Daniel Galhardo introduces viewers to the basic concepts behind the simple Japanese...

  • Opening and Closing the Tenkara Rod (Episode... How to open and close the tenkara rod

    Opening and Closing the Tenkara Rod (Episode...

    In the second episode of our new series, the “2-minute Guides to Tenkara”, Daniel Galhardo shows viewers how to use a tenkara rod. This video will show you...

  • Knots for Tenkara, Setting up and Rigging... How to setup and rig your tenkara rod

    Knots for Tenkara, Setting up and Rigging...

    Learn the “one knot” you need for tenkara. By using the fisherman’s knot in this video you can tie your tenkara line to your tenkara rod, tippet to the...

Watch more tenkara videos made by Tenkara USA.


– the book

Now in its third printing!
After years of learning tenkara directly from the masters, Daniel's much anticipated book is now in its third printing. Lauded as the most complete resource on tenkara in the English language, at 216 pages you will learn where tenkara comes from, everything about tenkara equipment, how-to tenkara and more. Order here

tenkara the book cover
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“Can’t recommend it enough for those who would like to try fly fishing and for those who are experienced and want to refine their techniques.” – Amazon reviewer

In tenkara–the book, Tenkara USA founder Daniel Galhardo shows just how simple fly-fishing can be. This book is a complete guide to the techniques, gear, history and philosophy of tenkara, the Japanese method of fly-fishing. It is also a manifesto on fly-fishing simplicity.

An angler picking up a tenkara rod for the first time will find this book’s concepts well laid out and intuitive. The experienced angler will appreciate the simpler approach to fly-fishing and the advanced techniques shared in the book.

tenkara – the book was designed to be interactive and take advantage of all the resources we have created over the years. Throughout the book, readers will find QR (quick read) codes that will give access to the videos, podcast episodes and other complementary information to the chapters at hand.

Watch a short video about tenkara – the book

Order now, $24


Tenkara is who we are!


The Tenkara USA Story

In 2009, Tenkara USA® and its founder, Daniel Galhardo, introduced tenkara outside of Japan for the first time. Tenkara USA is the leader in tenkara equipment and content worldwide, and is a fully independent company, based in Boulder, Colorado.

Daniel Galhardo profile photo by Jeff Rueppel

The vision for Tenkara USA has always been to open the doors to people who like the idea of fly-fishing but have always found western fly-fishing too complex. We wanted to share a method of fly-fishing so simple, someone could learn its basics in a matter of minutes.

In 2007, Daniel Galhardo discovered that a traditional method of fly-fishing native to Japan existed. After visiting Japan, learning about tenkara and acquiring the gear needed he fell in love with the method’s uncomplicated nature and decided others needed to learn about it. In March of 2009, a month before Tenkara USA officially “opened doors”, Daniel left a successful career in international banking to dedicate himself full-time to creating Tenkara USA, the original tenkara rod company outside of Japan.

Through frequent visits to Japan, Daniel and Tenkara USA have developed strong relationships with tenkara masters, who have taught us most of what we share on our site. We rely heavily on their knowledge and feedback to ensure the products we make and information we share are of highest quality and true to tenkara.

It’s probably not an exaggeration to say that our introduction of tenkara here has created a small revolution in the fly-fishing industry. Tenkara USA products have acquired renown worldwide, applause from our teachers in Japan, and passionate devotion by our customers.

You can read more about our story here.
Tenkara in the Press

the tenkara philosophy

"Simplicity is a choice. It is easy to make many things in life complex, but these complexities don't usually add to our experience." Daniel Galhardo, excerpt from 'tenkara - the book'

Simplicity is liberating. It allows us to travel far without worrying about what gear to carry, and it allows us to explore and enjoy tenkara with other activities because simplicity doesn’t take up much room.
We believe in respecting where tenkara comes from because we believe that’s the best way to keep things very simple. We are not inventing a method of fishing, we are here to share the tenkara story with you. We believe in innovating and creating the best products possible, and if anything ever fails we will work to get it fixed quickly so you can be in the water sharing the tenkara story with friends.
Throughout our website you will find we are guided by what we view is the philosophy behind tenkara: keeping things simple, and relying more on knowledge than equipment. Join us on the tenkara journey.


Listen to

The Tenkara Cast™

The Tenkara Cast™ is our way to connect with you while you are driving to your favorite fishing destination or just walking your dog around the block. Hosted by Daniel Galhardo, who introduced tenkara outside of Japan, with the goal of inspiring you to keep your fly-fishing simple.

Listened to the most popular tenkara podcast around: the Tenkara Cast, hosted by company founder, Daniel Galhardo and covering a variety of topics on tenkara ranging from philosophy, to tenkara equipment, how-to effectively fish with tenkara and more. Available in your favorite podcasting app, including Spotify.

  • How to Fish Mountain Streams How to fish mountain streams

    How to Fish Mountain Streams

    Tenkara Cast · How To Fish A Mountain Stream Mountain streams are a beautiful refuge for anglers, and tenkara really shines in mountain streams above all other methods....

  • Tenkara Q&A (Part 2): Tenkara Lines, Tenkara... Questions about Tenkara Flies, tenkara lines and more

    Tenkara Q&A (Part 2): Tenkara Lines, Tenkara...

    In over a decade in business we have received many questions on all aspects of tenkara. This is the first episode trying to cover as many questions as we could compile...

  • Tenkara Q&A (Part 1): Tenkara Rods Tenkara Questions and Answers about Tenkara Rods

    Tenkara Q&A (Part 1): Tenkara Rods

    In over a decade in business we have received many questions on all aspects of tenkara. This is the first episode trying to cover as many questions as we could compile...

Listen to more Tenkara Cast episodes

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Highly regarded by the tenkara community as having the best and more responsive customer service out of any tenkara rod company, we are all tenkara anglers, happy and ready to help.

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