Honryu Tenkara - A Summary of the different "schools" of main-river tenkara we've encountered in Japan

Hi - I’ve finally had chance to collate some of the privileged info that we’ve had the great good fortune to have a chance to experience and analyse in and around the various approaches to honryu tenkara in Japan.
I hope that you get some great new ideas, tactics and rigs to try out on your own rivers here:



Interesting. But I don’t have the money to buy a huge rod like that and try to learn more techniques right now…another thing to add to the list of to do when my life is different…

I have been at it for a while now.

Honryu is my main focus at the moment.

I enjoyed your article, it’s what I have learned.

Good one.

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About $500 USD for the rod alone…

It’s not for everyone but it is for me.

Hi Nick, I reckon it’s possible to target regular fish with what you have now and just cherry pick a tactic or two and still get a bit more “juice” out of the experience. I hope you can get out onstream this season,

Best wishes

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Paul, you guys did a great job with the article. I appreciate it.

Looking forward to more.

Thank you Adam - I really appreciate that.


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Paul, outside of Japan, you are the leading authority on tenkara. You are keeping true to your Japanese roots.

You guys can handle me tagging my stuff here, we are on the same page.

Take care.

I don’t think I’m on the same page any more. I don’t even know what page I’m on. I’m probably just using tenkara and keiryu rods for fixed line fly fishing, that’s all. I just want to go fishing and get away from anything. I’m starting to find there are times I want a 5wt with me, becuase the river is too wide and fish too far away. I watch all these videos from Europe and American and it’s not like here so much. Maybe my problem is my limited capacity to do anything meaningful. It’s winter here and all river trout fishing is banned until Spring. Last season was so weird, fish weren’t taking dries until January…2 months later than normal. Everything was dry-dropper and that’s not as easy with really light rods on 30cm deep water.

Be who you are.

It doesn’t matter what way you choose to do it.

Only you should care.

Wow! Enjoying honryu tenkara very much. Caught a big trout on my Suimu in Idaho! Currently writing an article on it and including Paul! BTW, the DT content on honryu is seriously a lot of good info. I’ve been researching it for a long time on my own, these guys have quickly cut to the chase and included quite a few anglers.

Super stoked, up up up on big fish on long rods and lines.

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I’ve been using my Suimu 5m rod for some big fish in mainstreams and rivers. Basically it’s an upscaled tenkara rod. I use clear level lines and the rod is very tactile, I use it to feel eats, I keep the line tight for a lot of the active techniques and for the dynamic, tight.

Idaho was a great testing ground as the long rod was able to keep my back cast above high streamside vegetation. Able to reach and accurately cast.

Also, I’ve dived more into Discover Tenkara’s stuff more and it’s spot on from what I’ve been saying and learned on my own. These guys cut to the chase. I could have saved a lot of time and money with their info.

Anyway, my honryu season starts soon!

I’ll be putting a lot of time in doing it.

Super stoked to put a huge bend in this big rod.

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