I’ve always found fly lines too heavy for my taste with the tenkara rods I usually fish. Now, I’ve finally found a floating fly line that I like for softer full-flex rods.
The Ultralight Tenkara Floating line is based on a new ultralight nymphing fly line. It is a mono-core coated line that significantly lighter and thinner than any traditional fly lines. The mono-core retains some stiffness and helps keep the line off the water better than braided core lines. If you’ve tried tenkara lines based on fly lines before and found them heavier than you’d like then this line may be a good line for you.
The line is so light, it doesn’t have an AFTMA rating.
I became interested in this line as a floating line primarily for western-style dry fly fishing. Often when tenkara fishing I encounter situations in placid pools and long runs when I want to lay a cast out on the water and fish dry fly on a long tippet. Fluorocarbon level lines can sink more readily and sometimes don’t have the casting energy to effectively turn over dry flies on longer tippets. This line has more mass than a FC level line for casting, but is still light weight enough to cast very delicately – much more so than a typical fly line style tenkara line.
They are especially nice with the softer, more full-flex rods such as the Tenkara Times TRY and WaterShed rods, and the ONI rods which can be over-weighted by heavier fly-line stye tenkara lines.
I’ve been fishing with these lines for a few months now – and really like them personally. I like to apply a but of paste fly floatant (such as Loon Payette) or other fly line treatment to keep them floating high. I use them primarily for dries but they can be used of course with wets, nymphs and small streamers too. Though they cannot be held off of the water as readily as a similar length of level line FC line.