About Us


Tenkara Centre was formed by Brian Smith and Mike Roden as a “one-stop” resource for everything you need to enjoy a fantastic tenkara fishing experience on trout streams around the world.

Mike sadly passed away on October 3rd 2014 and after an initial consultation period lasting more than 12 months, John Pearson and Paul Gaskell of Discover Tenkara have now taken on technical advisory roles. Together we will continually develop and improve the quality of tackle and information that we make available to all anglers who are interested in taking up and enjoying this absorbing method of fly fishing.

Paul and John bring a combined 70 years’ worth of fishing experience and are the only UK tenkara guides whose skills, knowledge and teaching have been approved by both Dr. Hisao Ishigaki and Masami Sakakibara. They both also have extensive expertise in traditional and modern European methods of fly fishing (including both competitive and purely recreational approaches). Their existing fly fishing experience, coupled with immersive study with top anglers in Japan, mean that they are recognised as the UK’s leading authorities on tenkara.

With the addition of Brian’s long-standing personal contact network in the manufacturing industries of the Far East (and passion for tenkara), this combination provides an unmatched opportunity to develop and supply the world’s finest tenkara equipment.

Our commitment to you is to provide the highest performance tenkara tackle by ensuring our designs are based on authentic and proven principles of Japanese tenkara fishing. Those same principles are also found in the oldest tried and tested methods of Britain and Continental Europe.

Promoting these principles and providing the best tools to practice them helps us all to tap into the oldest fly fishing traditions around the world. If that sounds like fun, we promise to make it really easy for you to join in.