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On July 18, 2018 • Comments (0)
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Besides the blog posts below, here you’ll find the newest content from Tenkara USA:

mounTEN – the tenkara ezine

mounTEN brings to you the best stories and articles we have shared in the TEN years since we introduced tenkara to the US. Each issue contains TEN beautifully designed spreads, and is released on the TENth of every month.

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    mounTEN: issue 3, December 2018

    This issue of Tenkara USA’s official monthly ezine, mounTEN, covers the best content created by Tenkara USA over the last 10 years in a fun-to-read format. This...

  • mounTEN: issue 2, November 2018 mounTEN: issue 2, November 2018

    mounTEN: issue 2, November 2018

    mounTEN: Issue 2, November 2018 The official ezine of Tenkara USA As we near our TENth anniversary, we are bringing forward the best stories shared in the last TEN years...

  • mounTEN: issue 1, October 2018 mounTEN ezine by Tenkara USA

    mounTEN: issue 1, October 2018

    Announcing our first issue of mounTEN! The official “e-zine” of Tenkara USA. Look for it on the TENth of every month, each issue is a collection of essays,...

Tenkara Cast – our podcast

The Tenkara Cast features conversations about technique, gear and philosophy, and now also features conversations with Trout Unlimited chapters across the US.

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    Tenkara in Salt? A Conversation with Henry...

    Tenkara is a mountain stream method of fly-fishing, that uses a tenkara rod, line and fly. But, the tenkara rod is also a tool that people all over the world are now...

  • Tenkara in the Wind + Idaho TU tenkara in the wind

    Tenkara in the Wind + Idaho TU

    Fishing in windy days can be tricky, but it can be done. Today we share some tips on fishing in windy days: how to cast against the wind, how to not fight it, and how to...

  • Bikefishing + Central Jersey Trout Unlimited Path Less Pedaled tenkara fishing and biking bikefishing

    Bikefishing + Central Jersey Trout Unlimited

    Biking and tenkara are a perfect combination. In this episod, Daniel talks to Russ Roca of the blog PathLessPedaled.com about #bikefishing and how to combine tenkara and...


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Questions and Answers

On November 2, 2014 • Comments (82)
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Tenkara FAQ questions and answerPlease ask any questions you may have about tenkara. It doesn’t matter if it’s been answered before, if you’re not easily finding it, I’ll be happy to answer it here. Ask away!
Of course, feel free to continue calling us at 888.483.6527 or emailing us at info@tenkarausa.com

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Ten Tenkara Gifts and more!

On December 13, 2018 • Comments (0)
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We will be selecting TEN RANDOM ORDERS for TEN DAYS (December 12 – 22) to receive a FREE TENKARA GIFT.

That’s a total of 100 free gifts!

(Pssst….one gift each day is a Tenkara USA rod.)

**No size limit on orders. Ten orders will be picked at random each day.

One prize per order totaling ten prizes each day for ten days.



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mounTEN: issue 3, December 2018

On December 10, 2018 • Comments (0)
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Welcome to the third issue of Tenkara USA’s official monthly ezine, covering the best stories on the tenkara method of fly-fishing. mounTEN brings forth content created by Tenkara USA over the last 10 years in a fun-to-read format. This month features Ice Shelf Fishing, Bamboo Rods, Iwana Sashimi, a new Up Tenkara Creek Comic and much more. Enjoy!

You can read the ezine in the reader above, or download the full PDF version here.

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mounTEN, issue 2

On November 10, 2018 • Comments (0)
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We received some great feedback and a lot of downloads of the inaugural edition of mounTEN, our new ezine. So, we bring to you the 2nd edition, which has pieces on how to tenkara fish with long lines, a conversation with Dr. Hisao Ishigaki, a piece on the Manzanar fishing camp, and one on the snake-skin tenkara flies of Mr. Hirata.

Download the printable PDF version here

mounTEN is the official ezine of Tenkara USA, and its ten spreads will be published on the 10th of every month. So stay tuned for the next issue, which will be published on December 10th.

If you want to receive the magazine to your inbox, make sure to subscribe to our email newsletter:


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mounTEN: issue 1, October 2018

On October 10, 2018 • Comments (12)
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Announcing our first issue of mounTEN! The official “e-zine” of Tenkara USA. Look for it on the TENth of every month, each issue is a collection of essays, interviews, how-to’s, and philosophical thoughts on the tenkara lifestyle in TEN spreads. At the end of the zine will be an installment of Up TENkara Creek, a new comic about the history and story of tenkara. We have designed the comic to be printable as a coloring page. Download it here and break out the colored pencils and crayons :)

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tenkara+ Run: The Flyathlon

On August 24, 2018 • Comments (0)
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Run, Fish, Beer! That’s the tagline for the Flyathlon, an event that brings together people to run a race, catch a fish, and at the end of the day enjoy a cold beer…all the while raising money to protect native trout. On August 11, 2018, 60 participants ran the race in a remote location and caught brook trout as well as the native cutthroat of the area. Several of them used tenkara in their race. And, overall, that event raised over $22,000 for native trout conservation efforts too! Talk about a triathlon!

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Video: Customer Service Tenkara Rod Tips from Tenkara USA

On August 22, 2018 • Comments (4)
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Tenkara rods are very easy to use and are pretty strong. Some common problems with tenkara rods are very easy to avoid or deal with. In this video, John Geer from Tenkara USA’s customer service team, will walk you through some of the common problems seen on a tenkara rod, how to avoid problems while using your tenkara rod, and how to troubleshoot and fix any problems you may encounter with your tenkara rod.
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And of course, if your tenkara rod has the Tenkara USA name on its label, you can always count on our customer support to take care of you, that’s our Tenkara Care™ guarantee.
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To learn more about tenkara rods, or for help from our customer service team, visit www.tenkarausa.com or call 888.i.tenkara (888.483.6527)

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We Thought We Were People – A Film by Erica Mellon

On August 16, 2018 • Comments (0)
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If you’re into running, be prepared for some awesome tenkara + running videos we will be publishing in the next few days. If you’re not into running….you may just get inspired to combine tenkara + running after you watch these videos.

Here’s the first one. This film was created by Erica Mellon with tenkara guide Brittany Aäe, who wrote and narrated the story. Brittany combines tenkara fly-fishing and running to access further places and deeper senses and in this film she also shares a beautiful story.

Make sure to have the sound on!

We Thought We Were People – A Film by Erica Mellon

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Video: In Search of Tenkara, with Jeremy Shellhorn

On August 8, 2018 • Comments (1)
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Tenkara USA’s designer, Jeremy Shellhorn, sits streamside and lets nature inspire his work as he takes viewers along his drawing process.
Jeremy’s work beautifully captures the essence of tenkara. One guiding principle in much of his art is “mujo”, the Japanese concept of leaving things incomplete and giving as much importance to what is left out as to what is drawn.

In Search of Tenkara is a series of videos where people capture what makes tenkara unique and what its essence may be.

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New Video: How to Choose a Tenkara Rod, 2018

On August 2, 2018 • Comments (0)
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Our newest video, in which tenkara guide Allie Marriott will guide on through the process of choosing a tenkara rod, is now up. I hope this helps make the process a bit easier:

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Tenkara in Hawaii: Kauai Rainbow Trout with the Hane

On July 19, 2018 • Comments (0)
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Kauai Trout with the Hane

by Adam Trahan

Tenkara USA hane tenkara rod in Hawaii

I enjoy tenkara in far away places, and Kauai has been on my list to for quite some time. Tenkara USA recently released the Hane, a compact and robust tenkara rod; my trip to Kauai would be a great inaugural adventure for mine. As with any far away trip, I planned this one out months in advance, but I knew I would be using this rod as soon as I saw it the first time.

Hawaii fly fishing trip

Trout are not native to Hawaii. They have been introduced. There are trout on at least four of the islands, O’ahu, Maui, Kauai and the big island. The original stocking of the streams in Kauai are well documented and were studied over a hundred years ago. At this time, there are at least three streams on Kauai that contain trout. The trout in these streams are “wild” trout naturally reproducing from the original stocking in 1920. At that time, 50,000 rainbow trout eggs that originated from Montana and Utah arrived in Honolulu harbor on a ship that carried them from California. The eggs were then transported to Kauai were they were taken to a hatchery to hatch the trout fry for introduction into the headwater streams of Waimea Canyon.

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