Tenkara Guides

RIGS Fly Shop is proud to be Colorado’s Tenkara USA Authority. We are the FIRST Colorado Tenkara Fly Rod Dealer with Tenkara Guide Network Certified Guides. Tenkara is the traditional Japanese method of fly-fishing, which uses only a rod (no reel), line and fly – Simple, yet extremely effective. Tenkara is a category of fly-fishing particularly well-suited for mountain stream fly fishing and is a great way to get introduced to fly fishing.

BOOK A TENKARA GUIDE TRIP: 1/2 Day Trips, Full-Day Trips, and 2-Day or 3-Day Backcountry Overnighters

RIGS is proud to offer another Colorado Exclusive! Guided Tenkara fly fishing trips are now offered by Tenkara Guide Network Certified Guides daily through RIGS Fly Shop! Choose from our ½ Day Tenkara, Full-Day Tenkara and 2-Day or 3-Day High Country Tenkara trips (guides choice waters) on premiere rivers in the region ideal for the Tenkara technique. Order Online 24/7 at our NEW secure Online Store, the complete Tenkara USA line of products. Check out our: Colorado Tenkara Guide BLOG, or our Facebook Page to join the community of the fastest growing segment in fly fishing!

The basic concept:

Some of the main advantages are its simplicity, the very delicate presentations with the light line, the ability to hold the line off the water and a fly in place over difficult currents, precise casting, and great control of the fly. Only rod, line and fly are used. The line is attached directly to the tip of the rod, tippet is attached to the end of the Tenkara line.  As in western fly-fishing the line propels the weightless fly to the desired target and there is a fly-casting technique involved – just a bit slower, and with a shorter casting stroke. Landing a fish is very intuitive and similar to any type of fishing with a rod: one simply raises the rod high, and reaches for the fish. Tenkara is an ancient angling method, new in the US. While its own style of fly fishing, it is a great tool for the techniques of close-up nymphing, soft-hackle wet fly-fishing and virtually drag-free dry fly fishing. It’s also a great way to get kids engaged in the tradition of fly-fishing, to catch your own food while backpacking, or to simply enjoy the fishing experience.


Our TENKARA Fly Fishing Guide Trip Rates include the following: Tenkara rod & lines, flies and tackle, riverside lunch & non-alcoholic beverages on full day trips, wader & boot rental gear is available separately.  Waders & boots $25, wading boots & neoprene socks $20 *TENKARA rods, lines & accessories, plus any additional trip needs, can be purchased prior to your trip at our Full Service Fly Shop or at our Online Store. Located within one hour of Telluride, Ouray, and Montrose Colorado. Directions to Fly Shop. Check out the complete list of all of our TENKARA Guided Fly Fishing Trip locations by viewing our Guided Fly Fishing Page (Tenkara Trips are booked as “Guides Choice”, all locations available upon request).