Monthly Archives: January 2012

A Temple Fork Tenkara Rod?

For the first time, an established U.S. fly rod company is planning to sell tenkara rods.

Temple Fork Outfitters of Dallas is designing rods now and hopes to have them on the market within a year, partner Brandon Powers tells The Fly Line.

“This is definitely off our radar screen, so we’re kind of getting a crash course” in tenkara, he said. The company had developed a couple of prototypes a couple of year ago but never brought them to market, he said.

Craig Mathews of Blue Ribbon Flies in West Yellowstone, Mont., and Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard, both tenkara enthusiasts, are serving as a pro staff, evaluating rod designs, Powers said.

Tenkara USA of San Francisco invented the category of tenkara fly-fishing in the U.S. in April of 2009, introducing the first line of tenkara rods outside Japan. Its first competitor, Fountainhead Rods, was founded in 2010.

If its plan comes to fruition, Temple Fork will be the first major U.S. fly rod company to add a line of tenkara rods.