Finally finished editing this quarter's issue of Tenkara Angler over the weekend... and man, it was a lot of work. There were so many outstanding articles submitted at this deadline the magazine ended up growing from 110 (or so) pages to over 140!
So much awesome stuff. So. Much. Awesome. Even if you're not a tenkara person and just like fishing, you're bound to find something of interest - art, essays on fishing lifestyle, fly tying, photography - so I'd encourage you to check it out. It was really fun to see it all come together.
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The new themes can be found in your blog dashboard, and can be easily customized with Blogger's simple to use WYSIWYG tools. Honestly, as I've tried other 3rd party themes over the years, and found the biggest issue to be the fact that customization usually required some bit of coding to get it how I wanted it to look, or afterward still wouldn't care to load pages particularly quickly. This immed…
There's a blog post out there that's been circulating for a little bit longer than a year with a very similar title to this one that I don't really care for. It's not so much the rods or companies that are recognized, it's the article's questionable evaluation of them, including calling them "American Made." Since that post seems to have good SEO qualities, it never quite fades into oblivion, resurfacing on social media every few months.
Rearing its head yet again on the Appalachian Tenkara Anglers Facebook pagelast week, I decided to turn the tables and ask the group members what they think the five best tenkara rods are. You know, real feedback from real tenkara anglers. A few models (not exactly five) were mentioned, which I'll highlight below.
I would like to note that it appeared as if many people replied with a lean towards value or "beginner" rods. Not that there's anything wrong with that, just thought that context may be he…
Being partial to the fly fishing game, I'd like a 'yak that I can stand up in to sight fish, cast to them, and obviously get some leverage during the fight...which is a little bit of a tall order. Most of the fishing kayak sites that I see feature dudes that are sitting down, using spinning or baitcast rods and stuff like that. I definitely want to fly fish. Plus, I don't really plan on taking it out in the ocean, more so in lakes, rivers, and intercoastal waters.
There are only a few other needs that I have outside of the fly fish/stand up thing - the two most important being size and weight. I'd prefer it not weigh a billion pounds, and not be ridiculously long. Basically, I'd like it to be something I can feel comfortable transporting myself, without too much struggle …
This email graphic popped into the inbox yesterday from the American Fly Fishing Trade Association (AFFTA). Thought it was pretty interesting, and really something I never gave much thought to when reaching for one of those little plastic cups to hold the dozen flies I planned on buying at a fly shop. Seems like a no-brainer for retailers to make the switch, can't imagine their customers would mind much. Would you?
Recycled Paper Fly Boxes, Now at AFFTA
Today is the day! Recycled paper fly boxes are now available at http://shop.affta.org/! Choose from three different sizes to best suit your shop's needs: 2"x2"x2" (dry flies and nymphs), 3"x3"x2" (bigger dry flies and nymphs, bass bugs, and smaller saltwater flies), and 6"x3"x2" (big stuff like tarpon and billfish flies, plus a few leader packs and spools of tippet).
It's estimated the fly-fishing industry adds about 3.5 million plastic containers annually to the enviro…