Based on a traditional Japanese method, this is about bringing only the basics—the rod, the line, and the fly. Tenkara Rod Co. kits include all three. Extend the telescoping fishing rod, connect the handcrafted line, and put the fly out. It’s uncomplicated, and the reel-less design is quiet, elegant, and suited to enjoying nature.
These rods are made with high-quality cork and other lightweight materials. They're similar to traditional fly fishing rods, but much lighter, more portable, and easier to learn. The rods shrink down to less than two feet and weigh almost nothing—the heaviest model is 3.4 ounces (lighter than an iPhone). They’re so easy to bring along hiking or backpacking and are affordable at just a fraction of the cost of a typical, $800 or more fly rod.
Wondering how to bring in a fish without a reel? Easy. You angle the rod back, and it bends given the weight of the fish. Grab the line or a net and catch your prize.
Founders Drew Hollenback and Tanner Flake know how fun a simple approach to fishing can be. As kids, they would visit the creeks of Idaho, attach some line to a stick, and fish. They wanted to bring the sport they love to a bigger audience.
This is a great rod to start with if you’ve been looking to try fly fishing. And if you’re looking to recruit someone to join you on the stream, it makes a perfect gift.
So get out on the river or stream and start fishing, minimally.