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Tenkara Line Drawing


Although not the only method employed when fishing Tenkara, the ability to hold line off the water avoiding drag caused by currents is one of its key advantages. Β This is also one of the keys to the French nymph or long nymph method of fly fishing. Β There are many factors that affect this technique; I’ve done a few drawings that hopefully demonstrate some of them. Β I’m going to refer to Western fly fishing, or fly fishing as we normally do it with ringed fly rod, reel and fly line as ‘traditional fly fishing’ through the rest of this article.

Effect of breeze


We need some line weight to allow us to cast the fly, just as in traditional fly fishing. Β  High density fluorocarbon allows us to have the desired weight in a thinner diameter line with less wind drag. Β Some people have been experimenting with very thin titanium wire for windy conditions. Β The weight of the fly makes a bigger difference than in traditional fly fishing. Β I feel a #3 Tenkara line approximates to #2 or #3 in traditional fly but steps up seem to make a bigger difference so a #4 Tenkara level line approximates to about #5 weight in traditional fly. The step from #3 level line to #3.5 is very noticeable, probably like going up a whole line weight in traditional fly fishing.

Tenkara line diameter


Generally a longer rod is needed because we want to suspend a longer length of line and to give us longer reach now we can’t pay out extra line. The length of rod is mostly determined by where you intend to fish, how much overhanging vegetation there is, how wide the water is etc. Β For the same fishing distance a longer rod allow for a higher rod tip Β and less tension in the line and therefore less lateral pull on the fly.

Tenkara anchor points


The fly anchors one end of the line to an extent, a small tungsten bead can help to anchor the fly, do traditional reversed Tenkara hackles do the same?

About the author


Founder and owner of Tungsten-Beads-plus.com
A keen angler since 1998 when I started sea fishing while living in Australia
On returning to the UK, l realised I had good trout water on my doorstep and took up fly fishing. I pursued this with the same passion and was happy to have the opportunity to develop a business in my chosen pursuit.
Favourite species include Trout and Grayling but I also like to pursue other species with the fly and have caught sea-trout, pike, perch, roach, chub, orf, minnows, mackerel, coalfish , pollock and mullet on the fly so far.


  • On second thoughts, it is impossible to ‘anchor’ the fly so as to prevent movement because:
    ‘anchoring’ means resisting the pull of the line
    there is nothing but water to form the anchor
    there is no resistance unless the fly is moving through the water
    therefore it must move unless there is NO pull on the line
    which can only happen if the line is drifting freely on the water.

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