Tenkara for small fish only?

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Tenkara for small fish only?

Postby Gona-mies » Mon Aug 23, 2010 9:29 am

People say Tenkara is for small fish only (max. 2 pounds). True or false? If false, why would they say so? What would you respond?
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Re: Tenkara for small fish only?

Postby Daniel @ Tenkara USA » Mon Aug 23, 2010 1:02 pm

As you may see on this forum there are plenty (maybe too many :) , examples of large fish being caught with tenkara, bull trout, bass, carp, even bonefish. The rods and the system will handle a large fish, but tenkara is just not designed for targeting large fish.

Tenkara, in its pure form, is ideal for catching the "standard" <15" trout, and that's what it's most appropriate for. Of course the rods will hold up the occasional large trout too (http://www.tenkarausa.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=694&hilit=+large+rainbow) without a problem.
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Re: Tenkara for small fish only?

Postby Wupperfischer » Mon Aug 23, 2010 1:07 pm

False. Show them the pictures.

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Re: Tenkara for small fish only?

Postby CM_Stewart » Mon Aug 23, 2010 6:28 pm

The question is not how large a fish can you catch, but how small a fish still excites you.

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Re: Tenkara for small fish only?

Postby rsetina » Mon Aug 23, 2010 8:02 pm

I like that Chris! I guess it depends on how far you're willing to run down a rocky river to land a large fish. If he runs, you better be prepared to run too. ;) :lol: I could see me running down a river for about 3 seconds before I go in. :o

Some big fish have been caught and there are quite a few examples here. But what's the use in targeting fish you might not be able to land? I think Daniel is right when he says <15 inches is optimal for a Tenkara rod. But pushing the envelope is sometimes an unexpected treat, should it happen.
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Re: Tenkara for small fish only?

Postby daryl martens » Tue Aug 24, 2010 8:54 pm

small fish are definitely fun on these rods
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Re: Tenkara for small fish only?

Postby rvrgzr » Thu Aug 26, 2010 6:30 am

Oh, Daniel...I do apologize for sending in my misguided reports of fish 'larger' than Tenkara was meant for. :oops: I will now stalk the trout streams and bass/bluegill ponds, wearing a mask and pasting over my 'Tenkara: Yamame' or 'Tenkara: Amago' with a Wal-mart label. But, hey, guy, after two broken tip sections, I have learned to keep my tippet to 5x. I mean, some of us have a slower learning curve than others. ;)
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Re: Tenkara for small fish only?

Postby blatt1970 » Thu Aug 26, 2010 6:34 am

:D
Tenkara can take big fishes as well as traditional fly gear.
But tenkara is better suited for smallies and its tight environmet!
Instead of big or small, for me the word that descbribes tenkara best is "close":
Short, tight, acurate casts, quiet aproach, subtle takes...This is all about tenkara!

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Re: Tenkara for small fish only?

Postby rvrgzr » Thu Aug 26, 2010 7:05 am

[quote="blatt1970"]:D

But tenkara is better suited for smallies and...subtle takes...This is all about tenkara!


Yeah. I just hate it when a smallie, largemouth, or hungry brown knocks the living **** outta my fly, but I'm learning to cope with my 'rage'.... :roll:
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Re: Tenkara for small fish only?

Postby wrknapp » Fri Aug 27, 2010 8:35 pm

Got this beauty on my Ayu in a small Virginia Beach, VA pond while visiting my parents. The fly was my own leadeyed size 10 bluegill and bass fly. It took a lot of casts to drop it right in front of a feeding carp without spooking it. I was using 6lb 2X Maxima tippet and I was careful to keep the fish swimming in circles and never high-sticked it pulling the fish up onto the bank with my hands.

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