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How to cast with tenkara

This video show the best way to cast with tenkara. Tenkara casting is very easy to learn but there are a few tips that will go a long way in getting you to cast your fly precisely where you want it.

May 24, 2014

Casting with tenkara is not difficult. In fact, we find it to be a very intuitive thing to do. Learn how to cast tenkara in this video with Daniel Galhardo. Remember to take the power down a notch, and relax a bit.

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20 Responses to How to cast with tenkara

  1. Frank says:

    Videos will not play yet

  2. Roger Terry says:

    Coosa River fisherman, Stripers, Spotted Bass, Large Mouth Bass, White Bass, Hybrid-Striped Bass, Longnose Gar, Panfish, Crippie, Catfish (Flathead, BlueCats, and Chanal Catfish)

    I live on the river and on Lake Jordan one of five impoundments on the Coosa River. I Kayak and Canoe the wild parts of the river. Tenkara has caught my interest, because it ties into my minelist up bringins and U.S. Army 34 year career in Army Aviation life. The Assault Battalion lived on the land .

    I have all the fishing gear money can buy, but am getting really stoked on Tenkara.

    • Jack says:


      I’m interested too having spent the past summer lake fishing in Minnesota. I’d love to get to the river and try this. How have things gone for you?


  3. David silber says:

    Do you offer a rod called Sato triple zoom?

    • David, yes, we do. We sold out of the Sato 2 months ahead of schedule this time so we had to take it offline. They are arriving here this week and we will turn it back on as soon as possible.

  4. Sage says:

    Hello, very interested in tenkara! I fish mostly small well protected streams in the eastern sierras. What rod would you recommend? On the 12′ iwana is the bottom cap notched or coin slotted. And is it matte or glossy finish?

    • Sage, the Iwana is a very popular rod for sure and one of our main recommendations. Also, check out the Sato, which is adjustable in length.
      The Iwana bottom cap is grooved on the side, not notched or coin slotted. It has a glossy finish.

  5. ANDY says:

    being newbie looking for a complete package not sure of the flex system to go for being a novice what rod set up do you recommend thanks andy

    • Andy, we have started phasing out the flex system as it doesn’t tell you all that much and we are making rods that have similar action that we consider ideal for tenkara. So, mostly rods differ on length and features. The Rhodo set is currently one of our most popular. The Sato is longer and best if in more open areas, the Iwana is temporarily sold out but a great rod value. You won’t go wrong with any if those as someone new to tenkara.

  6. Sage says:


    I finally got to try out my new Iwana 9’3″ (and Tenkara fishing) for the first time today…. I love it! Lots of small native trout, we had a blast!
    We like to work small streams with lots of growth. What’s the best way to avoid snags when moving from spot to spot?


    • Sage, I find a couple of things work best. If the path you are walking is fairly open then you can leave the rod open and loosely coil excess like on your hand. Also, make the line spiral around the rod to keep it all in one place and tight rather than a belly of line forming. When things start getting a bit tighter, then use a line holder and collapse the rod

      • Angler says:

        If only there was something attached to the bottom of the rod to collect the line… to reel it in” if you will.

  7. Wojtek says:

    Hello Mr Daniel Galhardo any tips for fishing on small lake for perch
    Tenkara USA. rules ^^

    • I don’t have specific advise. But my favorite way to fish lakes is to let the fly sink toward the bottom and then twitch the fly s bit to signal the fly is “alive”. That’s deadly IMO.

  8. I am going to fish the Salmon River in Pulaski New York for SteelHead. Can you recommend a specific rod and line for Dougleston Run?
    I have an Iwana rod with weaved mono line, Is that too light

  9. Dave says:

    Daniel, I grew up flyfishing in Pennsylvania, I would always care a small mason jar with a few minnows that I would thread on a double hook with a 3′ leader and a few small split shot, this always saved the day when I couldn’t get a bite on flies. Is there a tenkara rod that could handle this type of rig as well as flyes

  10. The casting video does not play. I see that you recommend the Amago rod in lieu of the Iwana for fishing the Salmon River and probably Oak Creek, too!. I recently purchased the Iwana rod through my affiliation as a veteran with the Syracuse, NY chapter of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing. I rarely go to the Salmon River, so do you think the Iwana has sufficient body for other upstate NY waters? I would hate to break it on its first outing!

    • Tenkara USA says:

      Hi John, not sure why it may not be playing for you, but here is the direct link to the video on Youtube: https://youtu.be/_NItUPXb_WY
      The Iwana should be fine, the Amago can bring in larger fish (primarily those 18″ and above) a bit faster, but we do not expect the Iwana to break, it just would be a different fight when you hook into a larger fish. But we have seen fish up to 23″ caught on the Iwana (and that’s just the ones we know about). Have fun!

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