2018 Midwest Tenkara Fest Announced...

The guys at Badger Tenkara recently announced the dates for the 2018 Midwest Tenkara Fest as May 5th & 6th.
In addition to the typical vendors and presentations, it appears they will have Misako Ishimura as a special guest speaker, as well as host an angler submitted "film festival." Sounds like fun. Plus, any excuse to go fish the Driftless is worth taking advantage of, that place is awesome!

More details can be found on their blog HERE.

In addition, if you're interested in reading some prior posts about the Midwest Tenkara Fests of years' past, check them out HERE.

BRO: Respect Your Elder

Really enjoyed this quick read by Randy Johnson about Grandfather Mountain over on Blue Ridge Outdoors' website. It's not about fishing at all, more so about the mountain and its secrets, slightly from a hiking point of view. That said, I just like reading the history and learning more about the North Carolina Appalachians; it's such a beautiful part of the country, I'm taken aback every time I visit.

Click on the link HEREto read the full article.

Spain, A Fly Fishing Paradise

I was fortunate to visit Europe in the summer of 2017 for the very first time. One of my favorite stops was Spain, and while I was wandering the streets of Barcelona and later the mountains of Montserrat, as an angler, I couldn't help but wonder what the fishing opporutnities were like.

Earlier this month, Ricardo and Adrián from Pyrenees Fly Fishing reached out to me about posting some information about fly fishing in Spain. Answering my question from last summer, I'm more than happy to present what they provided below:

Spain, A Fly Fishing Pardise

Fly fishing trips to Spain are becoming popular. The beauty of the Spanish Pyrenees together with its climate, gastronomy, culture, and excellent fishing make this a dream destination for both angler and non-anglers alike.

We are many fishermen who would like to be able to spend our vacations with our family, friends, and of course with the enjoyment of fly fishing. If that is your wish, Spain is the perfect destination!

We have all …

A Cheeky Job Opportunity In Your Future?

Working in the sporting goods space (in a round-about way), means you end up on a lot of "industry" email lists. Business journals, press releases, even career opportunity listings can find their way into your inbox on almost a daily basis. In skimming one yesterday, it was hard to miss that it appears the parent company of Cheeky Fishing is looking for someone to essentially run their fishing business...

"Cheeky Fishing is seeking a Brand Manager (Cheeky BM) who will assume a leadership role managing all aspects of the Cheeky Fishing brand. The Cheeky BM will report directly to the CEO of North Point Brands, and as such, will play a critical role in managing day-to-day business operations for the entire entity. The Cheeky BM role is ideal for individuals who are seeking a position in the outdoors/fishing industry and who thrive in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial work environment. The Cheeky BM position is demanding and provides an opportunity to learn and develop a wide v…

Tenkara Tuesday: Tenkara In Focus Go Ishii Interview

The guys over at Discover Tenkara just uploaded Episode 5 of their second season of Tenkara In Focus on Monday. It's a really exceptional interview with tenkara angler Go Ishii. At just under twenty minutes, it's really worth the watch if you have the time to take it all in.

Go's contributions to furthering Japanese tenkara knowledge in the West have been invaluable, and this in-depth "sit down" really adds great context to the man behind the translations. There's also a nice accompanying blog post over on the Discover Tenkara website.

In a somewhat related side-note, I have to further compliment and recommend Discover Tenkara's new print book, "How To Fool Fish With Simple Flies." I received my copy in the mail over the holidays and have had the opportunity to read it almost from cover to cover.

Not only is there some great photography of over 70 different examples of simple flies / kebari, but the book really shines with its extremely detaile…

Guadalupe Bass: Texas Parks & Wildlife

Cool little video by Texas Parks & Wildlife (for PBS) that shows the restoration efforts being put in place to ensure the future of the Texas state fish, the Guadalupe Bass, in the South Llano River.

Plus, you might recognize a few of the anglers in the video... OBIF anybody?

Tenkara Angler Magazine: Winter 2017-18

It's finally done! Thanks to a bad head & chest cold, it took so loooong to edit and layout, but the Winter issue of Tenkara Angler magazine is finally live and ready to be digitally flipped through.

This issue is a little different because it doesn't focus so much on actual fishing or technique, rather activities you can do off-water, especially during a cold winter. The main draw is a focus on fly tying, featuring five different flies, (with ingredients and instructions) from five different tyers. There's also a DIY on tamo (landing net) building, a core workout routine for anglers, and a recommended reading list... once you're done reading the magazine, of course!

That said, all the other good stuff that's usually in TA is back too - essays, photography, destination reporting, art, poetry, so even if you're not feeling like MacGyver, there's still probably something to read as well - check out Melissa Alcorn's entry, it's awesome.

As usual, i…

An Update Of Sorts...

Hey, how's it going... if anybody's still out there...

It's been a little while since my last post. Right before Thanksgiving, I guess. The fact that blog posts reflecting on a recent absence seem to be more and more frequent is not lost on me. The blog's been in a funk for a while, and it's probably because I've been in a funk for a while. I can't tell you when the last time I picked up a fishing rod was... September?  Ugh.

November and December are usually rather tough times for me (& the blog). I work in e-commerce retail, and spend far too much time in front of a computer screen on the weekends, rather than enjoying personal (& family) pursuits.

Plus, I've been dealing with a bum right shoulder for a little bit. I'm not certain how it originally happened, but in the last few weeks, it was causing quite a bit of discomfort. Caused a few sleepless nights and just general daily pain, but with a recent diagnosis and a rehab plan, I think we&…

Thank You & Happy Thanksgiving!

I know blogging is a dying segment of social media, and I haven't really done my part to keep this blog particularly vibrant with content either. That said, can't help but be extremely thankful for all of the great people (past & present) that Troutrageous! has brought me into contact with - either virtually, or in person.

I'll keep it short - as today is a day best spent with family and friends, so in closing Thank You & have a Happy Thanksgiving!

In Lieu of Fish

This time of year is always a tough one. Daylight savings time signals the onset of shorter days, and those shorter days (and colder temperatures) mean fewer opportunities for fishing. In certain states with specific fishing seasons, one may not legally be allowed to even pursue the species of their choice.

So what is the winter angler to do?
Typically, I end sneaking out a bit to fish locally (as living in Northeast Florida does have certain advantages - we get cold and frost, but don't ever have to worry about ice over). And also usually find myself acquiring more gear than I actually need in "preparation" for next year.

That said, for someone who prefers fishing for trout in mountain streams that require multiple hours of travel to reach, those opportunities pretty much dry up in my neck of the woods come the end of Fall.
So in an effort to be a little more productive with the "offseason," think I'm going to change the routine up a bit this winter... an…

Tenkara: A Ken Burns Documentary?

If I was skilled at making fishing videos, I think my dream project would be to combine two of my favorite things - Tenkara fishing & Ken Burns-style documentaries. I'm captivated by the concept of a "historical timeline" tenkara movie that would immediately replace "A River Runs Through It" as the standard for all fly-fishing cinema.
I can just picture it now...
Grainy black and white still photos of ninjas and wizards battling small stream mountain trout with katana swords bamboo rods...

...accompanied by recollections and musings of current-day tenkara luminaries...

...some video showing the modern (r)evolution...

...overlaid with a Takenobu soundtrack... 

...or something like that. Or not. Most likely not. Whatever...
Ok, while that will never happen, that doesn't change the fact that I'm a history nut, and really love to learn the backstories around the pastimes I enjoy. As such, it's my opinion that one of the most complete (& concise…

Tenkara Tuesday: Tenkara Angler Winter 2018 Call For Submissions

Just wanted to use this Tenkara Tuesday (and Happy Halloween) to cross-pollinate the fact that the "call for submissions" for the Winter 2017-18 issue of Tenkara Angler magazine is now underway.

If you've got any tenkara-themed stories, essays, fly tying recipes, product reviews, tips, tricks, or even photography, poetry, or original artwork, it would probably fit in perfectly with the next issue.

Interested? Check out the Tenkara Angler website HERE for more details.

Cool Stuff: Art of Jeremy Shellhorn

There are so many creative types out in the fly fishing community. Whether it is fly tyers, rod designers, photographers, videographers, authors, you name it, it seems as if those who enjoy pursuing fish with feathers also love to flex their creative brain muscles.

One of the favorite items I left with from the recent Tenkara Jam in Boone, North Carolina (full post upcoming) was a mini "zine" created by Jeremy Shellhorn. You may know Jeremy as the designer of most of Tenkara USA's artwork and graphic treatments, as he is mentioned frequently on their blog and social media. Jeremy also happens to be an Associate Professor of Graphic Design at my wife's alma mater, the University of Kansas - so Rock Chalk Jayhawk!

I thought I'd share a few photos of the Tenkara zine. The magazine itself is only a few pages, so I don't want to photograph the whole thing cover to cover.

I've always enjoyed the aesthetic of Jeremy's work, and if you do too, you can see mor…

2017 Tenkara Summit

It took a little longer than I thought it would, but figured now was as good a time as any to do a recap of the Tenkara Summit that took place in Estes Park, Colorado back on September 16th. Actually, this will be more of a photo dump, with a few captions included for good measure.