May 19, 2013

The Future of Tenkara

A few months ago I wrote about a trip I made to Arkansas to visit my daughter, son-in-law and grandkids. While I was there I took them tenkara fishing. We had lots of fun catching sunfish of various species; so much so that I ended up buying them their own tenkara gear.

My 4 year granddaughter also wanted a fishing pole so I got her a one that fits her perfectly right now. It's not really a tenkara rod, rather a keiryu rod (Kiyotaki 24), but she'll grow into a real tenkara rod in a few years.

Armed with her very own rod, her daddy took her fishing the other day. She cast all by herself and hooked and landed some fish. She's quite the girl; I wish I could have been there to see her with her fishes.

Excellent eye protection!

I couldn't be more proud! Here are a few short videos of her fishing sent to me by her daddy. Look how she has learned to choke up on the rod for better control -- cast, slowly drag the fly back, re-cast -- she's a natural!!

So there you have it, the future of tenkara in America. I'll get her first Tenkara USA rod in a few years, but for now she looks cute carrying her little rod in one of their rod bags!

The future of tenkara looks bright!


  1. Cute, I did similar for my son at almost 4 I bought him the Kiyotaki 18 last fall. He is really getting the hang of it now.

  2. Hermoso,las felicitaciones para el abuelo...!!

  3. Great to see the younger generation enjoying the same pastime as Granddad. She is a natural. You should be proud. But, it is personally discouraging to see a 4 yr old better at tenkara than I am :)
    Charlie G.

  4. Very cute Grand kid Sir! I'm an Arkansan that caught the Tenkara bug too.. thanks to one of my best buds. Love your articles and videos.. it makes my work day go by so much better! =)


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