The following are resources that I have found useful for buying tenkara gear and learning about tenkara.

Tenkara Gear


All the rods I use currently are from TenkaraUSA.  They carry a full line of tenkara rods, lines and accessories.



Moonlit Fly Fishing makes a wide assortment of traditional furled tenkara lines as well as furled leaders for western fly fishing.




ZimmerBuilt has a full line of very functional and light tenkara packs and bags



Tenkara Blogs

  • TenkaraUSA Blog – great blog from the creators of great gear
  • Learn Tenkara – site dedicated to learning tenkara, also creators of Tying Tenkara Flies DVD
  • TenkaraBum – all around tenkara site – gear, articles, blog, …
  • Tenkara no Oni – The Tenkara Demon of Japan, one of my favorite blogs to read plus a lot of good information on fishing tenkara.
  • Tenkara Path – another new blog on one man’s journey into tenkara.
  • Tenkara on the Fly – another all around site – blog, instruction and shop
  • Tenkara Talk – good blog and kebari for sale on the site

Tenkara on Facebook

Tenkara Books

51l77iJ8yNLTenkara: Radically Simple, Ultralight Fly Fishing by Kevin C. Kelleher, MD

Very good introduction to tenkara fishing.  Contains information about gear, casting, knots, technique, ….  You can pretty much learn most of what you need to get started from this book.

Available in paperback or Kindle

81lTrdEbMfL._SL1360_Tenkara Fly Fishing: Insights and Strategies by Daniel E. Dirks

A book of mini-interviews on various aspects of tenkara so you can learn a lot from experienced tenkara anglers.

Available in paperback or Kindle


Tenkara-Magazine-CoverTenkara Magazine, Vol. 1 2014 by Tenkara USA

Not a book but a great magazine for tenkara enthusiasts.   I enjoyed every single page of it.