Traditionally, as I understand it, Tenkara was done with soft-hackle wet flies. However these days, folks also use dry flies in their Tenkara fishing as well. Also, the focus is on fly presentation, rather than having an exact imitation.
The rods used are longer than the average rod used in "normal" fly fishing today. They generally run 10 to 14 feet long. That's good, because you're going to need that length to give you the reach you'll need to get the fly to many fish. Modern tenkara rods are telescoping & made from graphite &/or carbon fiber. The traditional tenkara rods were made from sections of hollow bamboo.
Tenkara anglers have few tackle possessions as this method of fishing doesn't require much equipment, & they tend to prize the equipment they do use. This passion shows itself in beautiful fly boxes & landing nets - many of which are works of art in themselves.
Tenkara is catching on like crazy here in the USA. Many anglers are gravitating towards this method of fishing & having a ball at it. If you're looking for more information about Tenkara & a resource for the equipment to practice it, then I have just the website for you.
A new website, Tenkara Fly Shop, recently went on line. Wether or not you're a tenkara expert, or new & wondering what it's all about, you need to visit this site. Along with flies, accessories, & gorgeous fly boxes Tenkara Fly Shop also has tons of info about tenkara fishing & lots of interesting reading. As this is a newer site, be sure to check back often as I'm sure it will continue to grow. It's a great resource for tenkara fishing.
In full disclosure, I've never tried my hand at Tenkara fishing. Looking this website over, I'm going to have to give it a shot. Don't be surprised if you see me offering rods for Tenkara in the future. Of course, if any of you Tenkara anglers want to talk to me about making a rod for this style of fishing, I'd love to hear your input!!
Please, visit Tenkara Fly Shop.