Damp Fly - an artificial fly that is designed to be fished just under the surface of the water, typically to represent an insect that is morphing from an aquatic stage to an adult flying stage.
Dead Drift - refers to when a fly is fished at the exact same speed that a natural fly would be carried by the current. A fly fished dead drift has no extraneous movement applied to it as a result of being connected to a tippet / Tenkara line.
Drag -is the effect caused when the Tenkara line, tippet and fly are are being influenced by varying flows of current typically encountered in any moving body of water. Drag in the system can cause unnatural movement of the fly which is often readily sensed by the fish.
Dropper - A fly, usually a wet fly that is fished below another fly (often a dry fly). The top fly is often used as a visual indicator when a fish takes the dropper.
Dry Fly - an artificial fly that is designed to be fished on the surface of the water, typically to represent an adult/egg laying stage of an insect or other food item (wind blown terrestrial insects).
Furl - refers to the construction of a Tenkara line by twisting multiple pieces of nylon monofilament or thread in order to create a thin rope like line. A furled line tends to rely on it's mass to transmit the energy generating by the act of casting with a Tenkara rod.
Lilian - a short length of hollow braided cord which is attached to the end of the Tenkara rod. It is used to connect the Tenkara line to the Tenkara rod.
Leader - an optional length of line, typically single strand nylon mono filament that is used to provide a stepped transition from the Tenkara Line to the Tippet.
Mend -refers to the active management of slack in the Tenkara Line and Leader in order to offset unwanted drag caused by conflicting current speeds in a moving body of water.
Skate - movement applied to a fly, usually a wet/damp fly, to make it purposely move faster than if it was being fished dead drift. This controlled movement often implies that the fly is a living organism, induce the fish to strike.
Strike Indicator - a piece of foam, cork or yarn that is used as a visual indicator to aid in the fishing of subsurface flies.
Swing - movement applied to a fly, usually a dry fly, to make it purposely move faster than if it was being fished dead drift. This controlled movement often implies that the fly is a living organism, induce the fish to strike.
Tenkara Line - typically a length of single strand mono /flourocarbon or a length of furled nylon mono filament or thread
Tenkara Rod - typically a carbon fiber, multi piece telescopic rod usually between 11 - 13 feet in length. most have a cork handle to aid in control of the rod, and are tipped with a short length of cord called a lilian.
Since Tenkara rods are designed to fish a fixed length of line/leader/tippet, Tenkara rods do not have guides or use a reel as is usually done in western fly fishing.
Tippet - a length of fishing line, usually nylon mono filament or fluorocarbon, used for attach the artificial fly to the Tenkara line/leader. The tippet is typically 2 to 5 feet in length.
Wet Fly - an artifical fly that is designed to be fished under the surface of the water, typically to represent an aquatic insect/stage of an insect or other food item.