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Getting Started

We know that even with a simple way of fly-fishing the decision making process can still be daunting. We tell you, all you need is a rod, line and fly, but, which rod, which line, and which fly? You can find all information you want about tenkara equipment throughout the site, or easily get started below.

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Prices below are BEFORE 30% discount
TENKARA RODS (pick a rod a-la-carte)
RHODO (adjustable 8'10"/9'9"/10'6") Rhodo-tenkara-rod
  • Adjustable tenkara rod = versatility
  • Can be fished short when you need it, or long when you want it.
IWANA (12ft) Iwana tenkara rod
  • Great value
  • Simple, fixed 12ft length
  • A classic
TENKARA LINES We normally recommend you get one tapered and as spool of 4.5 level line. You can start with either one, here are the differences. Either will work fine.
Level Line (4.5 Orange) Tenkara Level Line
  • Cut to desired length
  • Make 4 or 5 lines from one spool
  • Cut or join together as needed
spool of 65ft
Tapered Line (11ft) Tenkara tapered line
  • Easiest to cast
  • Super quick to setup with a girth hitch
  • Simpler
for one line
TENKARA FLIES The coolest thing about tenkara is that it tells us any fly will work. And, we believe in that. You can get any one pattern to start. Here's one that we like.
set of 3


the book

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After years of learning tenkara directly from the masters, Daniel's much anticipated book is finally shipping! At 216 pages, this book will show you all you need to tenkara, and the stories in its pages will take you along Daniel's journey of learning tenkara.



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

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Tenkara Fly-tying Kits

Fly-tying is also pretty simple. We have put together two tenkara fly-tying kit options with all that you need to tie tenkara flies and nothing you don't. The kits have enough hooks to tie 50 flies and will pay for themselves very quickly compared to purchasing flies.

tenkara fly-tying kit, basicBasic Kit, $95

Great beginner vise, spring-action clamp style, requires no adjustment for hook size. Imported.


Fly Tying kit, upgradedUpgraded Kit, $145

High-end pedestal-style vise, non-rotary. Made by Peak Fishing, in Loveland, Colorado.