- Tenkara Bum notes recommends a level line a bit shorter than rod with 3′ of tippet. Get Erik’s thoughts. Erik likes line length of rod or 1.5 x length or rod with a 1 meter tippet. Note: If I pinch line with left fingers and arm stretched out to side, one meter is almost to my right armpit – within an inch or two.
- Fluorocarbon line better? All level lines are flouro.
- When to use 2.5, 3.5, or 4.5 level line? 4.5 is easier to cast, but heaviness interferes with drift. He suggested 3.5
- Regarding rods, what are 7:3 and 6:4 references referring to? I forgot to ask, but here’s a link: Tenkara rod action
- Doe Erik ever use Japanese wet flies and techniques? Yes.
Tenkara casting avice from Erik Ostrander of Tenkara Guides
A) Watch videos of ‘Masami Sakakibara, aka Tenkara no-Oni‘. He has very good technique.
B) “Align your bones” from thumb through shoulder – think of a straight line from wrist to shoulder. Doing so will require less wrist-flicking to cast well. Thumb will almost point at your body.
C) Tenkara casting practice instructions from Erik:
1) Add the following to rod:
– Level line that is length of rod, 3′ of tippet, and a fly
2) Cast repeatedly until you can consistantly have fly hit the ground/water first
3) Repeat with level line 150% the length of the rod
4) Repeat with level line 200% the length of the rod
5) Aim at a plate, aim at the underside of your car.