Re: Old or New ?
Thanks, William. You are exactly right on the poles. They were a single piece of bamboo. There was one guide on the tip, and to "reel", you wound the line in a spiral around the pole. The more expensive ones had a coat of dark varnish.
Casting was indeed throwing the weight. My guess then, would be that a Tenkara rod would load up and cast a fixed length line more like a fly rod. Or reach out and dap or skip a fly over a likely looking spot.