What the hell is it, right? That's got to be the first question for most folks.
It's a Japanese-style of mountain stream flyfishing that was popularized over 100 years ago, but has been in existence for perhaps well over 1,000 years. And thanks to Daniel Galhardo, the founder of Tenkara USA, and his effective campaign to introduce Tenkara to Western flyfishermen, it's popping up in traditional magazine articles and social media more and more.
But what the hell is it, right?
I've yet to fish Tenkara, but I'm wildly intrigued. I'm by choice a stream fisherman first, and the idea of a style of flyfishing that is so specific to that setting is certainly appealing.