Virginia Tenkara Fly Fishing

What Is Tenkara Style Fly Fishing?

For those unfamiliar with Tenkara, it is a traditional Japanese method of fly fishing. It reduces fly fishing to three basic elements, a rod, a line and a fly. It has been used for centuries in Japan's high mountain streams. Tenkara is all about simplicity.

Ideal For Mountain Streams

For fishing for brook trout in the mountains we love fishing tenkara!

For the area mountain stream we recommend the 11' Tenkara USA Iwana. For bigger fish or a longer reach on spring creeks or bigger water we recommend the 13' 6" Tenkara USA Amago.

We match them with a 10′ 6″ traditional tenkara line attached with a simple girth hitch. We add about 6″ of 3x tippet to the end of the line, then about 12-18″ of 5x or 6x tippet to that depending on the conditions.

Because the rods flex so much in the upper section, especially at the tip, tenkara rods readily protect light tippets. Tenkara style fishing gives you incredible drag free drifts. Often 3 and 4 times as long as you might get with a conventional outfit. And those drag-free drifts are one of the most important elements for fishing success.

About our Tenkara Guide-


Tom Sadler- a professional guide and instructor for 15 years, is a dedicated tenkara fly fisherman and our tenkara guide. Tom's passion for tenkara was honed in Virginia's mountain streams where he chases native brook trout. He shares his extensive knowledge of tenkara on his blog His reputation as a tenkara devote makes him sought after as a guide and speaker. When he is not fishing, teaching or guiding he runs a conservation communications business, the Middle River Group, LLC and he is usually working to protect fish, fishing or fish habitat. If you want to try this exciting and very effective way of fishing book a trip with Tom!

Rates: Price includes any private water rod fees, gear, equipment, and flies.
Full Day Trip - 8 hours on water (Lunch provided for all full day trips)
$295 for 1 angler
$425 for 2 anglers

Half Day Trip - 4 hours on Water
$170 for 1 angler
$275 for 2 anglers


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Mossy Creek Fly Fishing

1790-92 East Market Street
Harrisonburg, VA 22801

Phone: 540.434.2444
Fax: 540.434.2555

Store Hours:
Monday-Friday 10-6
Saturday 10-5 Sunday 11-3