Let’s make tenkara legal

Last winter I discovered that tenkara wasn’t legal on Fly Fishing Only waters in Washington and put forth a proposal to get that rule changed.   The proposal got brought up at the Board of Director’s meeting and was basically put off until the standard rule change procedure that happens every summer.   So, now is the time for that procedure.

From now until Oct 16 the proposal is up for public comment.  Here is the text of the proposal:

Rule Change Recommendation Short Title
# 4. Tenkara fly fishing gear

Rules Category
Not region specific

Type of Rule Change Proposal
Recreational

Short Description
Modify the definition of “Fly Fishing only” waters to include Tenkara fly fishing gear.

Explanation
Tenkara fly fishing uses a long limber rod with a braided Tenkara fly line permanently attached to the tip of the rod. Tenkara fly lines vary in length from 12 to 25 feet with an additional leader attached. This technique is gaining in popularity and is not legal to use under the current “fly fishing only” rules. It is disqualified from use because of the term “conventional fly line”. Using the term Tenkara in the rule will clearly define the type of fly line is required to comply with the rule change.

So, what can you do to help make this proposal pass?  Go to the Sportfishing Rule Adoption Process page and make your comment on why tenkara should be allowed on Fly Fishing Only Waters in Washington State.   If enough of us get on board with the proposal we should be allowed to legally fish our Amagos and Yamames on Rocky Ford in 2015.