Tenkara is the traditional Japanese method of fly fishing where only a rod, line and fly are used. It was perfected over centuries on the mountain streams of Japan where it originated. It is considered an ideal method of fly fishing small streams but it can also be effective on bigger water. Tenkara is about fly fishing simplicity. Enthusiasts say that this kind of angling eliminates complexities and lets you focus on the experience. The ultra-light, portable gear seems well suited for backpacking and travel. The rods are typically 11-13 feet long and collapse down to under 2 feet. Check out this 5 minute intro video and visit Tenkara USA to learn more about this ancient angling method.
Illustration by Steve Stracqualursi