"Tenkara is a fad, and it won't last long." So says legendary flycaster Lefty Kreh.
From the mouths of ... old dudes.
First, a disclaimer. I love to fish Tenkara. I'm not solely a Tenkara practitioner. It's possible to enjoy the Tenkara craft without resorting to devotion, just as it's possible to have a few beers, without going streaking "through the quad and into the gymnasium."
I find Tenkara to be particularly effective in certain situations, and not so effective in others. I'll keep my Tenkara rods, use them when I believe they'll make my fly fishing more successful or more enjoyable, and I'll cast my conventional fly gear when I think that's the ticket.
rumored to be dabbling in the Tenkara game (it had to happen--with folks like Craig Matthews, Yvon Chouinnard and many others endorsing Tenkara, it was only a matter of time before a savvy manufacturer took the plunge). Lefty might need to adjust his attitude a bit.
Tenkara shouldn't be frowned upon, but it shouldn't be placed on some pedestal, either. It should be viewed for what it is, a viable fly fishing method for certain situations... an enhancement to a fly fishing world that might have fallen into a bit of malaise ... a rut, if you will.
I don't think it's a fad, but if it is, I'm betting it'll outlive the guy who declared it so. I mean, even bell-bottoms came back into style.