Originally Posted by moonlitflies
Lady Fisher isn't wrong. It depends. If you were to use a beefier rod (read: a rod with serious backbone, rating in the so-called 7:3 "stiff" range), you could play and land a fish of 20+". The Tenkara Guides have shown some rods capable of handling medium-large sized carp. It would be a workout (and a whole lotta fun!), but it can be done with some practice. Some rods capable of handling bigger fish include: TUSA Amago, TUSA Yamame, and the Daiwa Kiyose series, and a number of others.
Check out the YouTube video of Tenkara Carp here.