Fighting Big Fish on Tenkara by Louis Cahill When I got my first tenkara, I couldn't wait to break it. The prevailing idea seemed, and still seams to be, that tenkara rods are for catching small fish. I took that as a challenge. I met Daniel Galhardo of Tenkara USA for a beer and told him I was going to Alaska to chase big rainbows and I wanted to take a tenkara rod. "What kind of rod are you thinking?" He asked me. "The smallest one you make."