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In Lieu of Fish

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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?

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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…