Sunday, March 13, 2011

Book Review: Tenkara - Radically Simple, Ultralight Fly Fishing

I finally found time to read a copy of the very first English book about Tenkara, "Tenkara - Radically Simple, Ultralight Fly Fishing" by Kevin C. Kelleher, MD with Misako Ishimura that was published late last year.

Tenkara - Radically Simple, Ultralight Fly Fishing

This book is further proof that interest about Tenkara outside Japan is growing and that more people caught "the bug" (pun intended) and want to spread the word and knowledge about this type of fly fishing.

The book is an easy read and provides all the information a novice will need to know about Tenkara but also what a seasoned angler will need to make the transition to Tenkara. The chapters cover the roots and history of Tenkara, gear, rigging, fishing techniques, water styles, bugs, fly tying and choices, line furling and more. The illustrations are a nice addition and make the book visually appealing as well as clarify some of the referenced issues (i.e. how do you attach the line to the lilian?).

Click here to open a book preview from Amazon.

Whether you are a "seasoned" Tenkara angler or a beginner or just curious about different fishing techniques, this book will be a very nice addition to your library and a great reference on Tenkara.

Tight Lines!

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with the author, publisher or any site that sells or promotes the book nor did I receive any compensation to review the the book. I bought the book on my own dime.


  1. It is a very good book. I wish I had had it prior to getting into Tenkara. It would have saved me a lot of time on the net early on. Like the new look to your site!

  2. Thanks Tom. Kiwi: I agree, the book would have been very useful having all the information you need in one place. There was was good information out there before, but you had to dig and research (T-USA & Tenkarabum websites, forums etc.). I think the book is a solid foundation for future more in-depth books.

    Thanks re/look of the site, I have been making changes and fine tuning for the last few weeks. Couldn't belive how time intensive the whole "logo" thing became. I might put up some "merchandise" with the logo, lol.