Showing posts from January, 2016

Tenkara Angler Magazine - Spring 2016 Call For Submissions

In case you haven't noticed, I dig tenkara. I love fishing small streams, and over the past 6 and a half years, my preferred method has been using a tenkara rod. Fortunately, I'm not alone. And those that hate on tenkara, well, that's their problem.

Tenkara Angler magazine is an online (& print) publication that launched as a test last Fall, and with a successful Winter follow up it appears like there's enough interest to keep it around for a while. The magazine is completely “crowdsourced;” reader submissions shape the content, I only serve the role as curator and editor.

With that, thought I'd use today's Tenkara Tuesday as a call for submissions for the Spring 2016 issue. Articles, photography, art, essays, "how-tos," fly tying, destination travel, if it's tenkara related, it's all fair game.

You don't need to be a professional writer or photographer to participate, just willing to share. If you're interested, or even mildly curi…

Bonefish Barrage

My inbox was barraged by bonefish emails yesterday...strange...perhaps with all the blizzard talk in the Northeast, the senders want to get their recipient's mind in a warmer climate...

Anyway, figured I'd consolidate & regurgitate. It makes for an easy blog post; enjoy...

First was Rod from DIY Bonefishing (an excellent site by the way) dropping a trip report of a friend chasing bones in (gasp) Cuba!

Then, almost on cue, Rio Products followed up with an email with "10 Interesting Bonefish Facts," and a slew of links to shop their specialized bonefish lines.

Oh, and a video...

All this bonefishing stuff makes me wonder why I'm sitting at my computer at work right now...right? I need to get back to the Cayman Islands, no bones to hand, but it was a blast!

The Quest For The Ultimate Fly Fishing Kayak - The SipaBoards Fisherman SUP

Ok...they finally got me.

When I thought SUPs designed for fishing couldn't get any more rad, I get an email about this self-inflating, electric-propelled model from SipaBoards...

Yeah, you read that right.

So let's walk through what's going on here. It's an inflatable stand up paddleboard with a nice, large platform (almost 6 feet long by 3 feet wide) to paddle and fish from. Like most fishing-oriented SUPs, the Fisherman has a lot of D rings to tie and strap things down, be it fishing gear, dry bags, coolers, whatever. But that's where the "normal" comparables end.

At the core of this SUP is a "jet engine," basically a centrally located compressor that serves two functions. The first is that it inflates your board in a few short minutes (video below). The second is that it also plays the role of trolling motor, providing extra "paddle assist" that keeps you on the move for up to 3 hours.

Oh, and how do you control this electric jet e…

The Otaki from Discover Tenkara & Tenkara Centre

Wow, quite a lot going on with new tenkara rods for 2016...

The latest addition appears the be the "Otaki," a collaboration between Tenkara Centre & Discover Tenkara. While I've never fished a Tenkara Centre rod before, if any of the prior content created by the guys at Discover Tenkara is an indication of how this rod may perform, anglers are likely going to be in for a treat.

Some info additional information from the Discover Tenkara website:
...Through our investigations and the kind teachings of many top Japanese anglers, we realised that the early western-produced tenkara rods tended to suffer from poor “recovery” of the rod tip. In other words, they would wobble a lot at the end of a casting stroke. Even now, many Japanese and non-Japanese tenkara rods either have poor recovery – or they go to the other extreme and “over-recover”...We use the term “Over-recovery” to describe when the rod returns smartly to a straight position when it “unloads” at the end of a ca…

The Quest For The Ultimate Fly Fishing Kayak - The Kaku Wahoo Kayak

I haven't really been hunting down the latest and greatest in fishing kayaks as of late, however while paging through the free Coastal Angler Magazine I picked up a few weeks ago, I stopped dead in my tracks when I saw the new Wahoo from Kaku Kayaks.

This kayak appears to have all the features and specs that a top notch fly fishing kayak needs. They compare well to most competitors and even have a few that right now are somewhat unique, although I'm certain will be emulated by others.

Here's the skinny from the manufacturer website:

The new Wahoo boasts a 12.5′ long by 33″ wide incredibly stable design. With a roomy open cockpit design, including adjustable foot pegs and aluminum top load gear tracks, you’ll have full control guide this highly versatile yak to your local fishing hole. The lightweight aluminum frame seat will keep you comfortable while you fish and the rear tie down system will keep your gear secure for that “Big One!” The new Wahoo is rudder and micro power…

Beer Me...And Bring The Fishing Rod Too!

Back in October, I was introduced to an interesting product via my Cairn subscription. (If you're not familiar, Cairn is a "box of the month" club, where you get random outdoors products and THESE...which are so tasty it isn't even funny).

The Mountainsmith Cooler Tube Sling arrived at my front door and I wasn't exactly sure what to do with it. It's essentially a tube with an insulated, padded liner designed to hold a 6 pack of beer (or soda) vertically. It also has an adjustable shoulder strap so you can wear your beverages; I suppose it's a way to show off your drink cooling prowess in style without dropping $250 on one of those tiny YETIs.

As I was saying, I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it, but last night I came to the epiphany that it makes a pretty slick rod sling, especially when you consider rod slings (with slightly more pockets) retail for at least double of the $25 MSRP of this tube, and don't come with the a…

Fishing Haturday - Dead Drift Fly

The West is calling...

That's the mantra of the gang at Dead Drift Fly. Their passion for the mountains and waters of the West are displayed in their apparel and headwear line, and I happen to be particularly fond of the "bucking trout" graphic. As such, today's featured hat is...

The Bucking Trout Snapback Fishing Hat from Dead Drift Fly

Pretty rad, eh?

Even if the snapback trucker is not your personal style, there are so many well-designed hats & tees on the Dead Drift Fly website, I'm certain one will catch your attention.

Hats start at $25, tees at $30.

Opinion: New Rod Development Podcast

I really enjoyed this podcast during my drive home from work last night.

While not particularly long, if you don't want to listen to it, Daniel struggles with question of whether it's really worth it for him to develop new rod models each and every year like most other fishing rod companies do. The cycle takes place to satisfy the demand that consumers (and in turn, retailers) have for what is percieved to be the latest & greatest in gear.

He claims keeping his product line short & streamlined aligns nicely with his tenkara philosophy of simplicity. Why try to develop additional rods when the five models he currently offers each serve a purpose, fit pretty much every tenkara fishing scenario, and fish well? Sort of a battle of novelty vs. function.

As an entrepreneur, it must be difficult to see others garnering attention and market share with their new rod launches. Several rods from Tanuki, TenkaraBum, Tenkara Rod Co.Oni, Badger, and Dragontail, (just to name a few…

1000% Off Topic...

...but this is my favorite commercial on TV right now.

" they're makin' chickenbuggahs..."

I laugh every single time.

Some creative fly tyer would be wise to make a "woollybuggahs" parody.
Comedic gold served on a platter. You're welcome.

Tenkara Tuesday - New Year, New News...

Welcome to Tenkara Tuesday...

With the turn of the new year, there's been a flurry of interesting news in tenkara circles. Figured I'd recap a little bit of it here today.
Tenkara - The Book?

Leading off, Tenkara USA teased a new tenkara book on Facebook yesterday. Knowing nothing more than what this video displays, it appears that there's quite a bit of eye candy to be had. Looking forward to adding this to my fly fishing library.

This has been a project in the making for the last few years and it is now getting closer to reality. Stay tuned to hear more about "Tenkara - the book" by Daniel Galhardo
Posted by Tenkara USA on Monday, January 4, 2016
And speaking of books, don't forget the e-book that the guys from Discover Tenkara have coming out as well. Sign up for their newsletter HERE for more updates, but it looks like we've all got a lot of reading in front of us!

2016 Tenkara Winter Series

Next, the details of the Tenkara Winter Series were announced …

Wanderlust - North To Maine

Ugh, my little winter vacation is over. It was nice while it lasted, but it's time to get back after it today.

At the end of the summer, my thoughts wandered west to Yosemite. While few places can even attempt to be as picturesque, recently I've been thinking quite a bit about Maine, let's take a few moments to visit, if only from afar...

I don't recall ever being in Maine, although it could be possible as I visited New Hampshire once as a kid. I tend to block out that trip as I was scarred by my first Moxie exposure.

Jokes aside, I'd really like to get back to that area of the country again as an adult to soak in the whole experience. Not just for the fly fishing (& tenkara opportunities), but the local flavor, the beautiful nature and wildlife, and all of the maritime history that makes that part of New England unique.

Anybody have any suggestions regarding vacationing and/or fly fishing in Maine? I'd love to learn more about your experience in the commen…

Video: Exciting Tenkara テンカラヒットシーン

This video made the social rounds a few days ago, but I thought I'd share it here too.

When you stumble upon the "typical" tenkara video on YouTube, the soundtrack is very, umm...Japanese. And by that I mean peaceful, serene, basically the exact opposite of what Jun Yossy put together here:

1:30 to about 2:00 in the video is great, I'd love to fish that water. Also, the kid at 3:42 is awesome, displaying the quickest way to bring a fish to hand.  :)

Fishing Haturday - Reel Local

Tactical-inspired gear seems to be creeping more and more into the outdoor segment, you can see it with the popularity of companies such as 5.11 Tactical. If you haven't noticed the trend yet, I'm sure you will soon.

A more fishy spin on tactical headwear is being brought to us from Reel Local, a Florida-based company that caters to fly fishermen who like to spend their time inshore chasing reds, trout, and the like. With that, today's featured hat is...

The Redfish "Mangrove Camo" Operator Tactical Patch Hat from Reel Local

If this particular color isn't for you, there are a ton of other tactical-inspired patch hats available on the site featuring different styles of camo, as well as flat brimmed versions. Regularly $29.99, many hats are currently on sale (with free shipping) for $24.99.

Happy New Year 2016

Happy New Year everyone!

I'm not going to write a "New Year's Resolutions" post this year, as my goals are more & write more. I'm certain with a little bit of effort, I will achieve both.

As for you...well...right after you all start the year right by running off to renew your fishing license(s) and make a donation to your preferred conservation group, please be sure to check out the 2015 year-end recaps or 2016 resolution posts from some of my blogging friends in the slider below, just click on the image to jump to the post.

There is really a lot of great content out there right now, would be a shame to miss it. Plus, they'll take the edge off your New Year's hangover...I promise.

Oh, and if the little slider thingy doesn't work on your preferred method of reading the blog, please let me know in the comments below...this is the first time I've used it and it works on all of my screens, desktop & mobile, so I hope it does for …