So I found out about Tenkara about a week ago when I stumbled upon a tweet about putting knee pads onto waders. It just so happens that this tweet originated from a group of guides that work Tenkara exclusively here in Utah (@TenkaraGuides). Since that time I've poured over what information I could find and I've fallen for the concept hook, line and very long fly rod.
Within a couple of days of researching I ordered the 13' Stone Fly rod (Thanks Paul!) and I'm very impressed even though all I've done so far is extend it out and give it a few shakes to feel it's action. I will say the length, coming from using 9.5 footers, is rather daunting but already I can see the benefit of that reach. The handle feels very comfortable in the hand and overall I get the impression of daintiness - and this is the 7:3, so I wonder how a shorter 5:5 feels like? It's gotta be smooth.
So I have been making and using furled leaders on my other rods for a couple of years now, so I re-rigged my jig and managed to produce a 4-step tapered 10.5 footer that I'll start out with tomorrow. Having only seen pictures of the rod-to-line connection I to make a few guesses on on the top loop - the size of the loop had me flummoxed so I made it about an inch and a half and I hoped I guessed right. I made it from #20 backing, which has a rather rough texture to it and I had visions of it sawing its way through the leader so I set it in the vice, wrapped it with silk thread and flex coated it. I hope it fishes as good as it looks.
Now to tie up some more kebari flies, set the alarm and get to the river in the early morn'.
Thanks again Paul, the rod arrived just in time. If you'd been faster I would have been tortured as there was no way I could get a day off this week.
Have flies, will fish.