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.
Just add water! Get started with tenkara with all you need with one of these complete tenkara sets, containing a Tenkara USA rod, and a kit with line, flies, tippet, Keeper, forceps, nippers, and instructional tenkara booklet.
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.
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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
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
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.
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.
"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.
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.
Fishing always brings with it a glimmer of hope. But, it can also provide a sense of freedom, and dignity, as the story behind the Manzanar Fishing Club shows us. Daniel...
Chris Hunt is Trout Unlimited’s National Digital Director and author of Catching Yellowstone’s Wild Trout: A Fly-Fishing History and Guide as well as Fly...
This time Daniel talks to Jason Klass, the prolific tenkara blogger behind Tenkara Talk. They talk about the 10 years of tenkara, discuss the use of the term...
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