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tenkara fishing and backpacking

Why Tenkara Fishing and Backpacking Go Hand in Hand

Tenkara fly fishing and backpacking go hand in hand. If you love backpacking and fishing, you simply need to start looking into Tenkara fly fishing. That is, if you haven’t already!

When you go on a backpacking trip, it’s always an experience to fish waters that rarely see another human and potentially throw a fly to a fish that has never seen one in its life.. It just heightens the overall backcountry experience. With Tenkara fly fishing, it makes this so much easier to do!

Tenkara fly fishing is a very simple, traditional, lightweight form of fly fishing thats been around for hundreds of years in Japan but new to America. While this fly fishing technique did originate in Japan a very long time ago, anglers have adopted it all over the world. Simple and easy to get the hang of, Tenkara fly fishing is a great addition to any backpacking trip, which we explain below!

Tenkara Fishing and Backpacking = A Great Trip

When you go on a backpacking fishing trip, the last thing you want is to have to lug around a ton of gear. That’s never any fun. However, many anglers may feel that they need to carry around all this gear and a heavy rod, especially if they want to fish during their backpacking trip.

This is where Tenkara fishing and backpacking align perfectly. Tenkara fly fishing is a simple method of fly fishing that requires very minimal gear. All you really need is your Tenkara fishing rod (which is a telescoping pole), the fishing line that comes with it, and any flies you’d like to use. No extra gear, heavy metal real, bulky vest that will only dampen your backpacking adventure and leave you tired after the hike in.

When you go backpacking, you’re going out to enjoy nature and live minimally for the time being. Tenkara fly fishing is the perfect addition to this mindset. Tenkara is beloved by so many anglers because it allows you to peacefully fish in a very simple and elegant way. No matter how far you travel, how long you camp, you’ll never have to worry about your Tenkara gear weighing you down! Plus, you can successfully Tenkara fly fish in both streams and alpine lakes!

Backpacking Tip: Keep Your Tenkara Rod Safe

While you don’t need a lot of gear when you Tenkara fly fish, you do still need to carry around your Tenkara rod. Keep your Tenkara rod safe throughout your travels to ensure the rod doesn’t accidentally break! 

With gear like The Sling, all you’ll need to do is grab your backpack, grab your rod tube with The Sling on it and well “sling” your rod tube over your shoulder or tie it to your pack, and then begin your backpacking journey. Trust us, you’ll definitely enjoy the experience much more than having to carry it by hand! 

Q: Is Tenkara fly fishing easy for anyone to learn?

A: You don’t have to be an expert angler to get the hang of Tenkara fly fishing. Many state that it is easy for beginners and new anglers to learn. It may take some time to get used to, but it’s definitely easier than western style fly fishing! 

Prepare For Your Next Big Backpacking Journey

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