Is tenkara a fad? Other than Daniel, who has a business interest in tenkara, who really cares? It might be a fad, but then again "authorities" on particular subjects have been wrong in the past...
|Babe Ruth - He'll never become a good hitter, right?|
"This 'telephone' has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us."
-- Western Union internal memo, 1876.
"Taking the best left-handed pitcher in baseball and converting him into a right fielder is one of the dumbest things I ever heard."
-- Tris Speaker, baseball expert, talking about Babe Ruth, 1919
"Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?"
-- H. M. Warner, Warner Brothers, 1927.
"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers."
-- Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943.
"Television won't last because people will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night."
-- Darryl Zanuck, movie producer, 20th Century Fox, 1946
"You ain't going nowhere, son. You ought to go back to driving a truck."
-- Jim Denny, manager of the Grand Ole Opry, in firing Elvis Presley after a performance, 1954
"Groups are out. Four-piece groups with guitars particularly are finished."
-- Dick Rowe, Decca Recording Company executive, 1962 (turning down The Beatles)
"With over 50 foreign cars already on sale here, the Japanese auto industry isn't likely to carve out a big slice of the U.S. market."
-- Business Week, August 2, 1968.
Is it a big leap to put tenkara in the class of television, Elvis Presley, & Babe Ruth? Probably, but I'm sure you can also see my point. Experts know a lot about their particular field, that's how they become experts, and their views are right a lot of the time. However, sometimes experts are wrong. It happens.
Lefty might be right. Who knows. Who cares. He is but one voice in a sea of fisherfolk. Is it really even worthy of debate?