Tenkara is ridiculously simple, but that doesn’t mean you should feel any shame in not knowing what elements compose a Tenkara rod. Tenkara is new and different to most people in the West and that’s ok!
Here is a brief overview of a general Tenkara rod:
(Hey! That’s the name of this blog!)
The line of a Tenkara rod can be broken down to the (1) tip-set, (2) the line, and (3) the tippet.
Aerial line (also simply called “line” or “main line”)
Here’s a wonderful little diagram of a Tenkara rod via Lance Milks Fly Fishing. You can see where the Tenkara rod and tip-set connect to the main line/line/aerial line, and then the tippet.
Many lines provided by Tenkara manufacturers in the West include a metal ring to tie your tippet to, which makes things very easy.
If your curious how to attach your line to the tip-set, this is a really nice little video.
There’s plenty of debate in the Tenkara community about the use of metal rings, tip-set knots, and more, but that can wait for later.