Tenkara is the traditional Japanese method of fly-fishing where only a rod, line and fly are used. It originated and was perfected over centuries in the mountain-streams of Japan by commercial anglers. It is the ideal method of fly-fishing mountain streams but now many Americans are adapting it for many other uses.
Tenkara is about fly fishing simplicity. It eliminates unnecessary complexities to let anglers enjoy their fly-fishing experience. The ultra-light and portable gear is great for backpacking and hiking, 11-14 foot long rods collapse down to 20 inches. The long rods allow anglers to effectively fish challenging streams with ease. Casting a very light line and holding it off the water across intervening currents allows anglers to fish in ways almost impossible with western fly fishing. Tenkara can be seen as a tool to practice fly-fishing in any way (e.g. with any flies or techniques), or it can be seen as the complete method that it is.
Please see the "Tenkara" Category here on this website for a complete selection of Tenkara flies and equipment.