Tenkara is an old Japanese method of fly fishing, but it’s relatively new here in the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee and Western North Carolina. That doesn’t matter, though, because it’s extremely effective for catching trout in these streams and it’s exceptionally easy to learn.
Here’s a video we put together to show you a little of what it’s like to fish with Tenkara in the Smokies.
We started experimenting with Tenkara rods last winter in the Smokies and are using them more and more. We even caught a couple of trout from the drift boat on the Holston River on a Tenkara rod a few weeks back!
Ian has been bringing a 13′ Tenkara rod along on most wade trips and we’ve introduced this style of fishing to a number of fly fishers this spring. In fact, we have even taken anglers out on dedicated Tenkara trips where that was the only style of fishing done.