There are a number of different options currently available to the Tenkara Fly Fisher regarding how to string up a Tenkara outfit. Alot of opinions, and at least a fair amount of confusion. At least from my perspective, I think part of the confusion comes from the terminology. Many folks refer to the entire "string" part of a Tenkara set up as a leader. I think just as with western fly fishing, there can be several distinct components to that "string". There is a line portion, than perhaps a leader portion, then a tippet portion. Each of those component serve a similar function to their western counterparts.