December 24, 2013

Tenkara Tuesday - The Tenkara Guides

Welcome to Tenkara Tuesday.

I've noticed the term "game changer" used quite often (if not abused), especially in social media, when it comes to describing the recent goings on in tenkaradom.  The most frequent benefactors of the adjective have been the remarkable new rods from Tenkara USA, the Sato & Rhodo.

Where I haven't really seen the credit that is due for literally pushing the known boundaries and changing the game when it comes to the ever-evolving fishing style of tenkara in America are the Tenkara Guides of Utah.  I guess that'll happen to somebody that has made contribution after contribution for the past few years...they kind of get taken for granted or leave themselves open to criticism by those that have internet muscles.  So consider this post my "atta boys..."

The Tenkara Guides (w/ Dr. Hisao Ishigaki)
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Whether it's bringing the 2012 Tenkara Summit to Salt Lake City, adapting and pioneering methods to successfully catch fish of all shapes and sizes; from trout to carp, creating incredibly entertaining fly tying videos, working with manufacturers to develop & refine gear (including what I consider the best tenkara-specific bag on the market), or simply spreading the joy of fly fishing to the disabled & impaired through their TROutreach program, these guys always seem to be at the forefront of the tenkara "movement."  Heck, I'm sure there are a ton of other things I failed to mention, or simply just don't know about, but it's exciting to have such out of the box thinkers involved in the developing scene of Western tenkara.

As a matter of fact, here is their newest video, just released on Monday...enjoy.

(By the way, I'm getting pretty good at just posting other people's videos rather than writing my own posts...I may keep it up.)



Are you a tenkara angler? Do you have a story, pictures, video, fly recipe, or simply a fishing report from one of your recent tenkara adventures? If so, I'd really enjoy hearing from you for an upcoming Tenkara Tuesday post! Feel free to send an email HERE, I'd love to publish your original contribution.