Well, after ordering an el cheapo $5 7' knock off rod to play with, I stopped by Thorne Brothers a few weeks back to see if they had any level line. They bill themselves as
"...the largest specialty fly fishing store in Minnesota"
and they "heard" of Tenkara, and that was as far as it went. So I went home and ordered myself up a spool of 3.5 level line, tippet and a full selection of flies from TenkaraUSA. I'll probably order an official rod sometime in the future, but I want to convince myself that I "earned" it first lol
After all, we don't exactly have stony mountain streams here. I here there's good trout streams in the southeast of the state, but not much for trails like up north.