I don’t tailor a line to conditions.
I don’t carry long and short lines.
I don’t care what people think about the way I do it but I do study Japanese tenkara in books and I listen to the Japanese friends that have been doing it for a while.
Not so much from Americans, they are trying to figure it out and they just do what other people do, I don’t do that.
All my rods get the same formula.
I use the same line material, Nissin or Sansui (Tenkara USA) LL in pink, #3.5 with the mainline about 50cm longer than the rod, 50cm of #3 clear fluorocarbon tip terminated with a small tippet ring. From there I use Seaguar GrandMax FX in .8, .6 or .4 depending on fish size or protecting my travel rods.
Same configuration in length and construction.
#3.5 is a line that will cast in some wind and still have decent drape. Clear tip helps with the relatively short tippet lengths I use for casting accurately and it seems to help with a soft presentation?
- 1.5m length (rod length + 1.5m to fly) in all rods helps me in many ways. It keeps me out of the trees because I always know the rod and line length. I know the backcast area. Same length gives me the consistency in gauging everything.
It’s my system, what I use.
I want to forget about my fishing stuff.
Forget about it.
Important but no longer a “thing” because it’s what I’ve been doing for so long.
People tend to keep things complicated. That does many things, all which I’m not interested in.
Working towards one fly, one rod and one line is where I improve. That process is where all my advancement has come.
Consistency in replicating a method, the line, which I once thought was the great variable is no longer.
+1.5m is the sweet spot.
The only hassle, it’s a little long as I thread the needle walking spot to spot, the tippet can hang up on stuff, I’m getting better at finger weaving the slack and it’s no problem for me to walk a 4.5m rod through tight foliage, spot to spot, rod in front.
Do the same thing over and over so you don’t think about it. The equipment becomes an extension of thought. Fish appears in your net, smile on your face.
Don’t let people dictate what you do.
Just do it.