Tenkara Rod Co: The Sierra Tenkara Rod

The Tenkara Rod Co. has quietly launched a new rod, the Sierra. A 10 foot, 2.8 ounce rod, the Sierra is advertised as having a “soft flex” and fits into the popular niche of sub 12 foot tenkara rod models. It carries an MSRP of $179.


I’m certain there will be more to learn about this rod in upcoming weeks, however, for now, here is the description as posted on their website:

“The Sierra is our 10 ft. rod. It has an incredibly soft flex and amazing feel to it. We designed it with smaller water in mind. When casting is tight and you need something small and agile, this is the rod. The Sierra is one of our funnest rods because of how light and flexible it is. The rod comes with a 10.5 ft. line which really allows you to keep the rod tip high and your line off the water for precise presentations. And the action of this rod gives you so much feel throughout the entire rod. You have to see it for yourself to believe how much fun it is.”


DRAGONtail Tenkara “Fly of the Month” Club

The popular “fly of the month” subscription service has finally made its way over to tenkara. The folks at DRAGONtail are now offering a 6-month auto delivery service that allows anglers to replenish their boxes with flies on a regular basis. Perhaps the best part of the subscription is that you get to choose how many get shipped, anywhere from 12 to 36.


Check out the DRAGONtail subscription service HERE.

Gear: Zen Suzume “Sparrow” Tenkara Rod

The latest tenkara rod release from Zen Fly Fishing Gear was announced on Friday. The Suzume, (Japanese for Sparrow), is a tri-zoom rod that fishable at 3 shorter lengths which should make it popular with those that fish tight spaces.

MSRP: $229.99

From the Zen Fly Fishing website:

“This little pocket rocket is poised to take over Rocky Mountain National Park and other areas with tight streams and close quarters. Suzume is a tri-zoom rod fishable at 7.7’, 9.3’ and 10.8’ giving you “compactability” and accessibility, all in one tool. Suzume is a 6:4 flex with a medium-fast action. It features an 11” tapered handle that ensures that the rod is well balanced and prevents that tip-heavy feel common in other manufacturers. It also gives you enough room and options to find your own personal “sweet spot” for individualized comfort. Suzume rounds out Zen’s current rod offerings to give you a whole spectrum of tools to choose from for your next fishing adventure.”

Check out the Suzume HERE.


Teton Tenkara: San Ron Worm Variant

The San Ron Worm. What a lightning rod.

San Ron Worm, tungsten
Photo: Tom Davis

Anglers either seem to love the deadly effectiveness of this pattern – or despise it, on the basis that the only thing it seems to have in common with a typical fly is the hook.

Either way, it definitely catches fish, particularly trout, and Tom Davis shared a recipe and video of his variant of the controversial pattern over on his Teton Tenkara blog yesterday.

Click on over and check it out!


The TenkaraBum Streamer Challenge

The latest TenkaraBum challenge was announced on Friday, and as such, streamers should be a key ingredient in every tenkara angler’s fly box for the next few months. With great prizes such as a Nissin 2-Way rod and a $145 store credit up for grabs, one would have to think the competition will be fierce!

Photo: TenkaraBum

Contest Rules:

1. The contest begins 12:01 AM eastern time May 28, 2016. All fish entered into the contest must be caught after that time. The contest ends 11:59 PM eastern time October 30, 2016. All entries must be received by then.

2. All fish entered into the contest must be caught on a fixed line rod (tenkara, keiryu, seiryu, carp, tanago, mebaru, crappie, cane pole, loop rod or willow switch, etc.) with a streamer or bucktail as defined above. I will be sole judge on whether the fly used qualifies as a streamer or bucktail.

3. All entries must include a photo of the fish (along with something for reference to determine size) and a separate photo of the streamer or bucktail used to catch it. Please photograph the fly before you fish it, so we can see what it looks like dry. Photos must be emailed to chris at tenkarabum dot com and the fish photos must have a time stamp in the metadata that is after the contest begins.

4. There are two categories: largest fish and most species. The prize for the largest fish is a Nissin 2-Way 450ZX stiff. The prize for the most species is store credit of $145.

5. No rules changes are anticipated, but all contest rules are subject to change.

For more details, visit

Good luck!!!


Article: Tenkara Fly Fishing Camaraderie

An unexpectedly excellent piece on tenkara appeared in the Huffington Post blog section on Wednesday titled: Tenkara On Small Streams: Teaching Kids Fly Fishing, Respect for Conservation and a Mother’s Love.

Image: Blair Smith

Many topics were touched, but no theme aligned more with what the tenkara community is all about than this passage.

“There is an instant connection formed with tenkara fishermen and women. Maybe it is the connection of simplicity with no reel. He saw our rod sticking out of our pack as we hiked down towards the stream. The tenkara fishing rod was a magnet to conversation.

Turns out, I was right. He fishes tenkara and is a local. He knew exactly where he was. I should have had him pegged. We talked streamlining, tenkara rods, the rain that week, currents, and stinging nettle. We were just like a group of kayakers studying the river at an access point.”


Need a Saturday morning pick me up? Look no further than Blair Smith’s article.


Memorial Day Weekend 2016

As Memorial Day weekend is upon us, I wanted to share a wonderfully written article from the Spring 2016 issue of Tenkara Angler by Isaac Tait.

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The article speaks for itself.

Enjoy your Memorial Day Weekend, and whether you’re at the beach, a BBQ, or hopefully out fishing, please remember to give pause to honor those brave heroes that made the ultimate sacrifice.