John -- Thanks for the suggestions. I have kept steady pressure on the fish and the river flow also puts tension on the rod. I will pay more attention next time I have a fish on. The last two trips to the water that I fish has resulted in no takes at all. Like I have said I am just trying my hand at tenkara and so far the fish are winning. I am using a furled 12' line and about 2 1/2' 5x leader/tippet on a 12' dragontail and barbless flies. I'll just keep trying.