Some states define fly-fishing as using a "fly-rod, fly-reel and flies". The use of a reel should not be a defining aspect of fly-fishing.
This forum is a place to share information about how certain states define "fly-fishing" for the purpose of "fly-fishing only" waters. And, if you contact a state for clarification, how would they treat tenkara? (e.g. Connecticut defines fly-fishing as using "fly-reel", one of our users, Mr. Hackney, contacted the Connecticut authority for clarification, and they said Tenkara IS fly-fishing, see more in first post).


Postby Paul Arnold » Tue Jan 24, 2012 8:11 am

Florida has -- for residents fishing in their home-county only -- the Cane Pole Exemption. No license required if you are fishing with "live or natural bait" and not using a reel. The text of the regulation is as follows:

[You are exempt from the requirement that you need a licence if:] You are a resident who is fishing with live or natural bait, using poles or lines
that are not equipped with a fishing-line-retrieval mechanism, and you are
fishing for noncommercial purposes in your home county. However, you must
have a valid fishing license to fish by any method in a fish management area.
This is often referred to as the cane-pole exemption

I don't suppose this exemption will directly affect any tenkara fishers, but I post it as a curiosity, noting that Florida has given a positive interpretation to not using a reel.
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