Tenkara began as a technique of capturing tiny stream fish, but the emergence of contemporary tenkara rods permitted anglers to target a broader range of bigger species.

Tenkara anglers overwhelming use the same casting style as “Western fly fishing.” The casting is the same: the weight of the line propels the fly, which is why it is often referred to as “fixed-line fly fishing.”

Lots of people feel like tenkara is a more effective way to fish as you can concentrate on presentation rather than line management and others feel it’s a real test of their abilities not to depend on “devices” to hook fish. Because there is no reel, it is necessary to land fish by lifting the rod back, grasping the line and pulling it in hand over hand until the fish can be brought to hand.