I didn’t want to keep talking about Fluorocarbon lines in the Nylon Level Line thread so I figure I can start a new one here. This might fall into the “overcomplicating tenkara” spectrum, so if that’s not your thing, feel free to ignore this thread.
Whether fishing Tenkara with kebari or using your Tenkara or Keiryu bait rod for nymphing, sometimes fish are extra spooky and 12+ ft of brightly colored level line, even when kept off the water can still scare some fish. To help decrease this likelihood, one could use a clear monofilament line or at least a stealthier color rather than standard bright Tenkara labeled level lines. I just received a spool of 12lb Sunline Reaction FC in stealth grey color that is equivalent to #3 FC Level Line.
I’m a big fan of indicators (tippet or line, not bobbers) even when using bright colored Tenkara branded level lines. The multiple colors allows me to see different sections of line/indicator in different lighting/background conditions. Visual takes are an important part of Tenkara. I really like the TenakraBum Tactical Nymphing sighter. It is bright, opaque and doesn’t stretch so you can easily see movement in all sorts of conditions and on the lightest strikes from fish.
In order to properly use the Sunline Reaction FC in stealth grey color, I’ll be adding a section of the TBum sighter in .011" diameter to match the line. Unfortunately I won’t be able to get out fishing until next month, so yard casting will have to suffice for now. I’m trying to get a rod for carp in my local canals, which are super spooky so that could be a good test for the stealthier line as well.
Is anyone else using a Level Line that isn’t branded for Tenkara or goes against conventional wisdom?