Tenkara fishing is finding a good following among U.S. anglers. Certainly it is fun and different. More important, it teaches one some very needed skills about using the rod in fighting and landing fish.
Tenkara has a good presence at the Fly Fishing Show. A Tenkara group was not only present in Denver, but they also gave great demos and presentations on the sport of Tenkara. Jason Klass posted a photo of me in Denver using a regular fly rod and demonstrating the Bow and Arrow cast, which is often used by Tenkara anglers.
There are many other casting tactics that can be adopted straight from casting with a guided rod, including such novel casts as the side-arm roll cast, single-handed Spey, C-cast, Snap Cast,, all the Reach Mend variations, and much more. For a more thorough examination of this highly refined “pole and string” style of fishing go to www.tenkaratalk.com/