Tenkara Tuesday - The Tenkara Paradox

Welcome to Tenkara Tuesday.

I find it amusing that many Tenkara anglers find fishing one fly perfectly reasonable...

...but also find great joy in owning multiple rods.

Beats me, but guilty as charged.  


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  1. LOL, I'm an unapologetic tenkara gear junkie and don't think it's a paradox. Here's why: http://www.tenkaratalk.com/2012/01/is-being-a-tenkara-gear-junkie-hypocritical/

  2. pretty funny - I was just saying this to my wife. I think that there's no way out of it. The propensity toward acquiring many tenkara rods does run contrary to the "simplify" mantra that some see as as the number one tenkara attribute. I have suffered in the past from the need to acquire. It is the rare person that is immune. The spirit may be strong but the flesh is weak. For me I came to tenkara in part to escape gear mania, so I am fairly content to keep it simple on the gear end. I find that by thinking less about acquiring gear I'm free to indulge other spending obsessions. But that's me. I don't ever pretend to say what's best for others. Of course, I'm guilty as charged too (but I need all seven, they serve different purposes :)

  3. Easily explained. The best known "one fly" proponents are rod guys for whom flies are an afterthought if not a distraction. Had they been fly guys, it would clearly be a "one rod" movement. The chat would be that the fly is the only thing the fish sees, so it is the only thing that is important. Delivery? Any stick and string'd do.

    1. For me a decent tool is still essential and not exclusive of simplicity. There is a balance between pleasure and simplicity I reckon. Get too simple, ie stick and string and it's actually more complicated to fish in a pleasurable way. So I do see it as a fly driven thing. Everything else is a way to deliver the fly in an effective and pleasurable way.

      But hey some folks take more pleasure in the tool than in the job - and that's cool too.

  4. As I explain in my post, there's a difference between how much gear you own and how much gear you actually take on the water. If you have a room full of tenkara gear back home, but you're on the water with one rod, a line, and a fly, you're still fishing simply. Nothing contrary about it in my opinion.

    1. It all depends on your approach to the idea of simplicity. Are you applying simplicity to you life? Your fishing? For me I see a benefit in simplifying life as well as fishing. In which case it is a contradiction for me to have a butt-load of rods. It may be different for others, but in reality 99% of the fishing that I do can be handled with one rod pretty well. So any more than that is, in my case more complicated than needed. I'm not saying that there is anything wrong with that - with having as many rods as you want - but I see it as less simple and more complicated.

      We all come with different needs - we will take what we want from this thing called tenkara. It will be different for all. I earnestly am looking for a simpler life through needing less stuff- but that's me. But like I said I already have more rods than I need so...I'm not doing all that well at applying this.

  5. That is a mighty nifty T! picture behind your Tenkara rods.

  6. Michael
    It looks like you have room for one more rod there on that rack. In fact that rack looks somewhat like mine. We may all need to add a few more slots to our racks because I for one can always find a need for another fly rod.


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