Originally Posted by Owl
Guys, think "cane pole."
See, that's the problem. When I was a kid fishing with a cane pole, we'd usually end up "setting the hook" with such a jerk that the poor little fish on the end of the line went sailing over our heads and onto the bank behind us where we would try to pin it down as it was flopping around like crazy. The idea of "playing" a fish was totally foreign to us. Of course, it didn't hurt that the pole was rigged with something on the order of 20# mono or braided casting line that we pulled off our dad's bait casting reel, so finesse really wasn't an issue.
Somehow, I don't think that would be an approved technique for an official Tenkara Fly Fishing outfit.