Welcome to Discover Tenkara Minimum Gear: Maximum Technique

Tenkara & Euro-nymphing Tuition (FREE)

Welcome to Discover Tenkara – if you’re looking to improve your skill, confidence and success on stream (and have fun doing it) then we will bend over backwards to help you. Whether you’ve never picked up a fly rod or a tenkara rod – or if you are a seasoned pro – we scour the globe for interesting, PROVEN and above all, authentic tactics to raise your game and find the most fascinating stories.

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Tenkara DVDs

Tenkara DVDs & Building your Skills FAST

But why do we focus so much on building your skills? Make no mistake, the more you minimise your gear; the more important your technique and knowledge - this is the flip-side of the saying “the more you know, the less you need". It is a really great feeling, though, to approach a trout stream with simple, light tackle while carrying a great expectation of success.
As well as streamlining your kit, maybe:

  • You also like the culture and elegance of Japanese fly fishing?
  • Or perhaps you’re looking for tactics to help cross-train with modern competition-style methods?

The good news is we are on the same track after we accidentally fell in love with the Japanese way of doing things during our long exploration of modern and traditional European methods of fly fishing… 

Tenkara Guiding & Fly Fishing Guiding: Our Philosophy

The “we” that I’m talking about is me and my fellow fishing-addict JP (John Pearson; you can get to know us better in the “About Us” page on our site). What is important for you to know - so you can judge whether it’s worth checking out the rest of our site - is our official motto:

“Always go to the source”

No matter if it is learning Czech nymphing with members and coaches of the World team in the Czech Republic or travelling to Japan every year to meet and study with the widest range of elite tenkara anglers of any non-Japanese guides…that’s where we will go to bring you your info and stories.

Tenkara Guiding
Tenkara Line

Tenkara Lines

There's a TON of confusion over what are the "right" or "best" lines to use for tenkara and, to be perfectly honest, most folks seem to settle on options that make life harder for themselves. Before we'd ever want to sell you any kind of line we want you to be armed with the best, most straightforward and completely honest advice on line choice. You can't find a more informed or objective English language breakdown of tenkara lines than ours (because, quite simply, nobody else has carried out the same research that we have). The way we see it, we don't do ourselves any favours if we steer you wrong and you have a worse experience than you should on-stream...So we're actually being selfish by ensuring you can make informed, intelligent choices on tenkara lines.

Tenkara Flies

Many folks are astonished to discover that Japanese tenkara flies (or "kebari") do NOT usually have reversed hackles. That doesn't mean that reverse hackle flies (or "sakasa kebari") are not a useful and important part of tenkara...just that they are very specialised and quite "niche" in their use in Japanese tenkara. Of course, because reverse hackles look so distinctive, they are a branding dream - which probably explains why they are such a dominant image associated with tenkara. But the really interesting stuff (in our opinion) is the way that it's possible to "marry" particular presentation tactics with the different basic dressing styles/materials that you find in Japanese tenkara fly patterns. THEN you can really get to grips with the advantages and fun of fishing tenkara as it is practiced by top anglers in Japan.

Tenkara Flies

Tenkara & Euro nymphing = BIOHACKING FLY FISHING

Perhaps the biggest bonus for you is our freshwater biology background we use to understand and explain how the tactics we discover actually work…We have enjoyed so much fun and success by combining a life-long fishing addiction (we’ve both fished over 35 years for anything with fins and gills) with a biological analysis. 

Now we can pass that insider knowledge to you too and – as we are always discovering new things – we know exactly how you feel when you go from “confusion” to “aha!”. We never forget what it is like to learn something for the first time – because we are always in that same state ourselves.

We know how to get you fishing smarter and we’ve got lots of stories from the tenkara world to inspire your adventures on stream too.

Tenkara Videos

To get started – why not check out our free YouTube Episodes of “Tenkara in Focus” and join in on the adventures we’re having in the ever-growing, global tenkara community? Just bring your curiosity and make sure you don’t need to rely on the established fly fishing herd to tell you what you are allowed to enjoy…

Tenkara in Focus brings you fishing, how-to videos, interviews, travel, culture and more...

Tenkara in Focus (and its sister show Kebari in Focus) is free to view online... BUT it is not free to produce. We've faced a few challenges to keep the show in production and we are very grateful to all our fans who support us via our Patreon page.

Tenkara Videos
Best Tenkara Rod

Tenkara Rods

In the beginning we stayed away from producing tenkara rods... we thought it would be best to do a proper apprenticeship in Japan before we offer up any game-changing designs.

After working as consultants for Western brands producing rods in China, we realised the quality control and manufacturing practices in China were not going to get us where we needed to be... absolute attention to detail - aiming for perfection! After several years of building relationships in Japan we were able to produce a Japanese made rod with input from some of Japan's "tenkara elite"... The result?

KARASU - Made in Japan. Hailed by many of our Japanese friends as some of the best tenkara rods ever made.


We'd wager there's nowhere on the web where you'll find a more comprehensive rundown of tenkara than on our Full Lowdown page.

Distilled from all our research in Japan, travelling thousands of miles (over 2000 miles of driving on our last trip alone!) meeting with both the well known and the obscure practitioners of tenkara. Old books, DVDs and VHS tapes, old photos, stories, vintage tenkara tackle, historic and modern fly patterns... we've witnessed all these first hand at the source. Not only that we filmed and photographed most of it for Tenkara in Focus.

If you want to catch up on the history many other sites quickly gloss over (or skip) immerse yourself in our Full Lowdown now.