May 31, 2014

2014 Tenkara Summit - A Done Deal

No, not new news...but the 2014 Tenkara Summit will be held in Boulder, Colorado later this year.


I've been fortunate to make it to 2 of the first 3 (Salt Lake City, Utah & Harrisonburg, Virginia) and enjoyed them enough to decide go to Colorado this year as well, even though the late September 27 & 28 dates weren't ideal with my work schedule.  That's what my (typically underused) vacation days are for.

Speaking of work, I probably wouldn't be going if it wasn't for all of the travel that my company sends me on.  I was lucky enough to have enough frequent flyer miles on US Airways to get the Denver flight for free.  Even though you can't fly anywhere "direct" out of Jacksonville, Florida, you can't knock free.

So I know it's early, but I'd love to solicit some advice on things to do / places to fish while in the Boulder area.  I've traveled to a lot of places, but never there.  I know from my Google Analytics that I have a few Colorado readers (unless Howard is just hitting 'refresh' over and over and over).


Thursday and Monday are more or less travel days, although I do get in around noon local time on Thursday, leaving the second half of Thursday, all of Friday and Sunday (the event is Saturday) open to do whatever.

So where should I go and what should I do?  
(4:20 jokes are OK, but not my thing)  
Any suggestions are welcomed in the comments below.  

Oh, and if you're going, let's make arrangements to (at minimum) say hello.  One of the best things about writing a blog is all of the people it gets you virtually introduced to over time.  It's great to put faces to names over a handshake and/or some liquid refreshment.

19 comments:

  1. Mike - you won't have enough time to fish all the water close to Boulder, lol. If i were to pick just a few creeks and locations, I would probably entirely focus on RMNP - it doesn't get any more tenkara anywhere on the Front Range. Steve Schweizter's book Fly Fishing RMNP is the bible and best resource for getting great intel, but honestly, just get up there, find a trail and trail and start fishing. Happy to point you to my favs and you might know some already if you follow my blog.

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    1. Yeah, so much water, too little time, right? I want to go to RMNP. Thanks for the book suggestion Karel.

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  2. Howard and I should fish with you Friday...the Poudre. I will.have to see if I can swing it.

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    1. Maybe RD. Like Karel mentioned, I think I'd like to hit the park too.

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    2. Yes, most definitely... if you only have one day to explore. And I'm sure Howard will guide you to his favorite restaurant. You will have a great time!

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  3. You, Howard, and Emily. Boulder will never be the same.

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  4. the summit huh... i can't help but think of the book 'Still Life With Woodpecker' Ever Read it?
    420 jokes are fun, but I'd rather poke fun at tenkara. Either way, all fishing shows are fun, especially after a brownie, or two. ! Give Daniel a bloody nose for me & enjoy!

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    1. So does that make Daniel the evil redhead?
      No problem with you poking fun. If I took a step back and just looked at it, I would too.

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  5. Yes, that's me hitting refresh to help build your stats...what are friends for? I've got your address Mike, I'm going to send you a book called Fly Fishing RMNP by Todd Hosman. I can probably arrange to meet you somewhere if you're buying. There are some great restaurants in Boulder and Estes Park. I'll even try to get Mel up there. No doubt hit the Park, but you should try to hit Boulder Creek in town. Nothing better than fishing next to the library and hob nob with the homeless.

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    1. Thanks on all accounts Howard. And yes, if you & Mel make it up, I'm buying. Just leave Bubby back at the "shop"...I can't afford his habits.

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  6. I agree with Karel. If I had limited time and could choose, I'd hit RMNP.

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  7. I've been fortunate enough to fish RMNP multiple times, Mike. I have Steve's book and it's a great resource for the park. You should listen to the Ask About Fly Fishing podcast with Steve as he talks about his book and favorite spots in the park. it's a place you must visit and fish if you're in Boulder. A little hike will get you into the non-pure greenbacks. You're in good hands with Howard and Mel.

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    1. Will definitely check out the podcast. Thanks for the suggestion!

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    1. Great. Let's make a point to hook up, exchange some info before it gets closer.

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