In the last couple of decades, fly-fishing seems to have grown more and more complicated. Modern fly angling is marked by the necessity of specialized, expensive gear that the contemporary angler cannot do without. Technology has aided this, overshadowing what should be the simple motion of making your cast, landing your fly, and hooking a fish–though now, increasingly, with a guide along as a necessary evil.

Thankfully, there are ways that fishing can return to what it was: tenkara, a Japanese style and technique of fly-fishing, is characterized by being as simple and direct as possible. With no reel–just a fly on a tippet, attached to a thin, light line that is fixed to a flexible, durable rod–it allows for a gratifying cast with incredible accuracy. Best of all to some, it is more affordable. The keywords, apart from modest, are: flexible, synthetic, lightweight, easy, and diminutive. All of these are advantages granted to the tenkara angler.

The Tenkara Times online magazine is intended to demystify tenkara. We offer tutorials on technique and effective kebari fly patterns. We also offer a huge selection of tenkara specific tackle on our gear store page. To find a better selection, you'll have to travel to Japan. Also, the blog page is written by tenkara enthusiasts, who discuss popular topics like, "one fly philosophy vs. match the hatch paradigm" or "landing big fish with tenkara".