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Line Holder
The tenkara line holder is a simple plastic spool with a core of yellow foam used to trap the line after you wind it. Made by Meiho, in Japan. It accommodates tenkara level lines and tenkara tapered lines, and it can be slid onto the handle for moving around.


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The tenkara line holder is a simple plastic spool with a core of yellow foam used to trap the line after you wind it. Made by Meiho, in Japan. It accommodates tenkara level lines and tenkara tapered lines, and it can be slid onto the handle for moving around.

Tips for a better experience using the blue tenkara line holder:

  1. Keep winding the line until you get close to the tip of the rod, do not stop halfway to remove line twisting. Keeping on winding the line will eventually cause the rod tip to spin freely and automatically get rid of line twisting. 
  2. It is quicker to wind the line around the spool rather than spin the spool to wind the line. Hook your finger through the middle to do that.

Does not include line.

1% of the sale value of this item will be donated to conservation efforts.

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  • Thomis says     3 out of 5 flies
  • It works
  • Location/type of places I fish: Wisconsin- rivers for trout
  • With the simple nature of Tenkara fishing, a line holder is an important piece of equipment to protect your line when not in use and when moving over land. This line holder does as advertised, but I wish for more out of my line holder.
    I have seen other Japanese line holders that have a foam middle that fit snug on your rod and little hooks that flies can attach too. I hope Tenkara USA uses some of these innovations in their next line holder.
  • posted April 30, 2012
  • pfabian53 says     3 out of 5 flies
  • A good solution for now but more can be done
  • Location/type of places I fish: medium sized streams and pocket water
  • This line-holder definitely does its job. Lines do not fly all over the place while walking and if you pay attention to keep the wraps alternating behind the yellow foam section, the line does not unravel. However, I think the simplicity of the system lowers the functionality in this context. The fact that the line has to be hand-wound around an object that itself can spin (in that it is circular makes this a bit of a difficult task. A simple solution might be to keep the circular yellow foam on the inside but to change the blue plastic to a square or at least a version where gripping is easier due to corners. This way the line would still not develop kinks by being smoothly rolled on, but the user would have an easier time holding on to the holder with wet or cold/gloved hands.

    In addition, the slots meant for flies are not always the most functional. I usually fish a double nymph rig with a size 8-10 stonefly nymph above a smaller #12-16 dropper fly and the dropper stays in the slot very well but the larger fly tends to get torqued out as the wrapping continues. Perhaps making the slots a little deeper (i.e. extending the plastic towards the center of the holder, not towards the foam) would help accommodate anglers using larger flies who still want their rig to stay snugged up to the wheel while they are walking.

    Overall a functional product but I think more development would make something that is greatly improved and would make life easier.
  • posted May 09, 2012
  • pechelman says     4 out of 5 flies
  • very handy accessory
  • Location/type of places I fish: rivers and streams
  • On the river, I hardly use these spools as I use another method to coil\stow my line when the rod is collapsed.

    But these spools do exactly what theyre supposed to.
    I appreciate the larger diameter of these in comparison to some other blue spools out there. It makes it very easy to coil up the line as well as uncoil it without getting tangles. It also reduces the memory a tad with the larger diameter.

    I wish the ID/OD of these spools was a soft material so as to not having to worry about them marking up a rod or foam grip if pushed down too hard or rattling around in a car.

    I will say though, I feel that these spools are a little overpriced compared to some other options out there which will remain nameless. For 10$ I feel like I should get 2 for the 2 bits of plastic and 1 bit of higher density pool noodle type foam that each of these are made of.
  • posted April 26, 2012
  • tnitz says     4 out of 5 flies
  • Great line holder
  • Location/type of places I fish: Pac NW Mountain Rivers and Streams
  • These are a great way to store your line. So long as you don't have many of them, that is. I've used this size, a size up, and a size smaller, and actually find the smaller size better for me as I typically have multiple lines rigged up. But for a couple of rigged lines, these work very well.
  • posted April 27, 2012
  • docdinh says     4 out of 5 flies
  • You'll need a few of these
  • Location/type of places I fish: Utah - the provo, the weber, the Uintahs
  • A good place to store a line - I prefer to use it for lines i'm not actively fishing. Like a back up line or to store say a czech nymphing line.
  • posted April 30, 2012
  • jd_smith says     4 out of 5 flies
  • Simple to use
  • Location/type of places I fish: Northern and Central California, Southern Oregon, Sierra Nevada, or where ever I end up next to water.
  • Over time I've found that these line spools really are the best way to store my line both on and off of the water. When I started tenkara fishing in 2010 I had ordered a rod, both style of lines, some flies, and of course a line holder. I used the line holder (spool) for the rest of 2010. I later realized that there was another option for on the water line management. I'm not going to mention it by name, we all have probably seen them by now. I eventually became frustrated with that system because it puts bends and kinks into my level lines. I realized I wasn't saving any time using them because every time I wanted to fish I had to take extra time to stretch my line to get out the bends. So I switched back to the spools. The spools work better, are faster and when I'm done for the day my lines are already on the spool and ready for storage. I'm giving 4 out of 5 flies because I would like them better if they snapped together like tippet spools.
  • posted May 08, 2012
  • stevenlsmith87 says     5 out of 5 flies
  • A Tenkara Must Have!
  • Location/type of places I fish: Pennsylvania Wild and Native Trout!
  • Line holders are a must have for any tenkara angler. This allows you to quickly tear down and move to a new location. This also allows you to pre-rig your fly to your line the night before. It makes life easy and helps you stay organized.
  • posted April 26, 2012
  • Tenkara Elevated says     5 out of 5 flies
  • Great product and easy to use
  • Location/type of places I fish: All types of waters in Utah.
  • Since the first time I fished tenakra I have wanted a easy way to store and keep neat until the next fishing trip. I have tried many different products but after receiving my line holder from Tenkara USA, I knew it was going to be the one. It actually can hold more then one level line leader as long as you can keep track of which tag goes where. Also it fits down the rod and rest on the handle for easy storage while walking through thick brush or driving to a different section of the river. I recommend this product to anyone who wants a simple and effective way to store their tenkara line in between trips.
  • posted April 26, 2012
  • dorian.ducker says     5 out of 5 flies
  • Good solution to a problem
  • Location/type of places I fish: Small-medium rivers and streams
  • I was trying to rig up some crazy way to wrap the line around the length of my rod handle and then saw this neat solution. It's simple, and it just works. A must have accessory.
  • posted May 02, 2012
  • sbrown77 says     5 out of 5 flies
  • It works
  • simple, it works, necessary for anyone who wants an easy solution for line storage.
  • posted May 04, 2012

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