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2018 Midwest Tenkara Fest Announced...

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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…