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Tapered Tenkara Line
Tenkara USA's 3rd generation traditional tenkara lines are an improvement over our original lines: they cast more easily, with more precision, better against wind, and do not tangle/coil when freed from a snag.

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Tenkara USA's 3rd generation traditional tenkara lines are an improvement over our original lines: they cast more easily, with more precision, better against wind, and do not tangle/coil when freed from a snag.

These have been developed to cast in perfect balance with tenkara rods - with power and precision - yet make the most delicate presentations you have ever seen. These lines are an improvement over our first offer of traditional tenkara lines, being easier to cast, easier to cast through breezes and yet easy to keep off the water. We believe we achieved the perfect line with this one.

Tenkara lines come with a transition loop on the thicker end, which will be girth-hitched to the tip of the tenkara rod. Tenkara USA lines are hand-woven by expert line-makers in the United States.

Length: 10ft. 6in or 13ft
Transition loop: Soft Spectra® braid, 80lbs
1% of the sale price of this line will go directly to conservation efforts

Price is per unit.  1% of the sale value of this item will be donated to conservation efforts.
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  • aver25 says     4 out of 5 flies
  • Fast Learning Curve
  • Location/type of places I fish: Va/W.Va small Trout streams, & across the Intermountain West
  • The line doesn't tangle very much, and can be easier to untangle (it's simply twisted, not tangled) if necessary than a standard fly line and leader. My first time out I spent less time overall dealing with snags, and more time fishing.
  • posted April 26, 2012
  • pechelman says     4 out of 5 flies
  • Fantastic casting\visibility\floating qualities but less control for fishing kebari
  • Location/type of places I fish: rivers and streams
  • These leaders are fantastic.
    Wonderfully finished and furled.

    They cast wonderfully, turn over tippets\flies with ease, float high and straight, and are super easy to see.

    So why the 1 star penalty?

    This has NOTHING to do with this line in particular, but is just in reference to tapered\furled lines in general. With the extra weight right next to the tip, its very difficult to get a good action on the kebari. The majority of the work done by the rod tip is to move the fatter section of this leader rather than being able to effectively pulse the end of the leader like you can with a level line.

    Watch some of the videos posted on this website of the japanese masters doing this technique, and you will understand what I'm talking about.

    But, for fishing a drag free presentation, this line is fantastic. The end floats high and dry and makes an incredible indicator. Definitely have one of these in your bag!

    For length, I'd say to just get both. Sometimes on tighter rivers, 13'6" is just too long and then the 10' gets the call. Other times I have more room and can really effectively use the longer length.

    The complete lack of memory here is also amazing. Just unwrap it and its perfectly memory free. Really nice when coiling\uncoiling and fishing with a perfectly straight tip section on the leader.

    I wish Tenkara USA would offer another length option though on the longer side. I dont feel like shorter is really worth investigating as its then really not long enough to have a need or room for a taper.
  • posted April 26, 2012
  • statikpunk says     4 out of 5 flies
  • The best out there
  • Location/type of places I fish: Freestone streams and small mountain lakes
  • First let me say that I am a level line guy. I just prefer them. but if you have only used the original furled line offered you NEED to try this new furled line. it is heads and tails above the original offering from TenkaraUSA it cast and feels better and doesn't become a tangled mess when you have to snap off a fly. the difference is like night and day, but even after all that I still prefer level lines
  • posted April 28, 2012
  • albertyi says     5 out of 5 flies
  • Fastest on the water and sensitivity guaranteed!
  • Location/type of places I fish: San Francisco Bay Area / Anywhere cold and clear
  • Made from super-supple no-memory Spectra braid, this line will have you pulling your first trout from the water long before your friends finish stretching and straightening the coils and kinks from their lines. With no stretch, you'll feel every bump and tick, and be assured you will have a solid hookset on every take. The tight taper will make it almost too easy to overpower your cast and flip the fly over.
  • posted April 26, 2012
  • Thomis says     5 out of 5 flies
  • Great Line!
  • Location/type of places I fish: Wisconsin rivers for trout
  • I'm a big do it yourself kind of person. I have used the level line, fly lines, hand tied lines, the older version of this braided line, and anything else that works.
    All I can say is that none of my home spun DIY stuff matches this line. I much prefer this over the level line too.
    It's easy to control, delicate, and so far has held up to tough use.
    I give in Tenkara USA. You can have my money. I'm not going to try to make any more homespun lines. Your standard braid line works the best for me.
  • posted April 30, 2012
  • sbrown77 says     5 out of 5 flies
  • Superb
  • Casts well, durable, and ZERO memory. Can be tricky in high winds. Nice taper creates tight loops.
  • posted May 04, 2012
  • camelcarlson says     5 out of 5 flies
  • My go-to light line
  • Location/type of places I fish: Montana, medium to larged sized streams and alpine lakes
  • This is a great line! I find that my fly presentation is enhanced when utilizing this line due to the extreme lightness and sensitivity that this line has. Not to mention a beautifully crafted artisan furled line.
  • posted May 06, 2012
  • apluda says     5 out of 5 flies
  • my favorite line
  • Location/type of places I fish: Wyoming
  • I have tried fishing with both these lines and level lines on both my 12ft Iwana and Amago and I must say that I definitely love the tapered line. Although the level lines may do better in wind and may be lighter, I just love the way these lines cast so gracefully and accurately.
  • posted May 06, 2012
  • opusxm says     5 out of 5 flies
  • Precise but delicate
  • Location/type of places I fish: Tule River
  • This line is so precise, but presents the fly so delicately... I am very impressed how well and accurately this line lays a fly down. It can be so delicate, but aggressive enough to put the fly down hard if need be...
  • posted May 07, 2012
  • epboswell says     5 out of 5 flies
  • like it better than level
  • Location/type of places I fish: spring creeks
  • Granted, I still have only used the Tenkara rod for fishing dries to rising fish, but I like this line better than the level for the fishing I've been doing. Great presentation on very pressured water. Bit frustrating in the wind but that's a given. One of these days, I'll put on the level line and try some of the more traditional flies and attempt the techniques... But it'll take a lot to get this line off of my 11' Iwana.
  • posted May 08, 2012

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