Vagabox arrived yesterday. I had (somewhat intentionally) steered clear of this character of ill repute for quite some time, however I'm
Don't know of the Vagabox? No, it's not THIS. Allow me to explain.
Since May of 2012 a fly box without a home has been roaming the country from tenkara angler to tenkara angler. In addition to their hospitality, each recipient commits to fishing the flies contained within without reservation, chronicling their time with this unseemly interloper, and feeding him a few flies of their own recipe until ready to pass along to the next foster family.
As you can see, Vagabox has seen some good times. Especially out West. In his current state, two years since he chose the transient lifestyle, he's acquired lots of flies of all shapes, sorts, and sizes.
He's honestly in quite the state of disrepair. He's taped together at the hinges, as it appears somewhere along the way he literally took to crack...and his foam is all warped due to melted glue. He could probably use a bath and a tetanus shot too.
The Log Book
The best part about Vagabox (in my opinion) probably isn't the fly box itself, but the small journal that accompanies him like a hobo's satchel. Crammed full of handwritten stories, notes, diagrams, and photos, you have the opportunity to follow Vagabox's journey across the country, before adding to it yourself. I started reading a few pages and once I figured out how to decipher some of the handwriting, I found it's really great stuff. Plus if you're "into" consuming online tenkara info, you'll instantly recognize the names of the people that have played the role of host in the past.
Want In? (I Know You Do)
Much like any great idea, many people eagerly signed up to take in Vagabox in the beginning. The waiting list was long and he traveled often. Two years later...he's unfortunately almost forgotten.
Perhaps it's because Vagabox is rude and disheveled and has a tendency to speak in Spanish. Could be his alcohol problem and STDs. Honestly, I can't pinpoint it. There is a person that is in line after me to assume responsibility of Vagabox come July, but beyond that...seems like fair game for those brave enough to offer their services.
So if you're an interested tenkara angler, check out THIS THREAD over in the Tenkara USA forum and sign up to take him in during the back half of 2014. There are many places Vagabox hasn't seen yet. Your stream, creek, river, pond, or lake is probably one of them.
ATTENTION TENKARA FISHERFOLK
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.