Some anglers who are unfamiliar with tenkara tend to imagine that it is difficult to land a fish with a fixed line. However, “reeling” in a fish without a reel is really a non-issue. Really. In fact, tenkara anglers tend to land fish faster than those who have to fiddle with conventional Western gear.
In the video above, Daniel Galhardo demonstrates how simple and easy it is to land a fish with tenkara gear. You simply bring the fish to you and scoop it up with your tamo (net). Daniel uses a relatively long line for a tenkara angler, and we’ve never seen him have trouble landing a fish in the countless times we’ve watched him do it. As he says in the video:
And of course people always ask me, “How do you land a fish when you’re using such a long line?” The idea is that you simply lift the rod — you don’t have to do this [lift rod above your head]. There’s going to be some tension there. Grab the line and quickly bring [the fish] to you. Then subdue the fish in front of you in calmer water.
Lift rod, grab line, net fish.