Showing posts from August, 2016

Fishing Kickstarters...

The Kickstarter community has been very generous to fishing ideas in the past. Two companies that immediately come to mind that absolutely crushed it on the fund-raising platform are Taylor Reels & the Tenkara Rod Co. I'm always keen on checking out what's new before it's new, so thought I'd highlight some fly fishing Kickstarters currently in progress...

Focus Fly Fishing Rods

Looking to "deliver the highest quality fly fishing rod directly to you for the lowest possible price," Focus is offering what they call a $800 Focus Foresight fly rod for $300 (actually slightly less).

At the time of researching this article, this Idaho-based company was a little over halfway to their $15K goal, with 16 days to go...  

Streem Outdoors Fly Fishing Rods

Streem Outdoors is also looking to provide some value for the hard earned dollar. And with many different models, lengths, & weights, it looks like there might be a rod or reel to your liking.

"We’re distinguis…

Tenkara Tuesday - Making A Tenkara Fly Box

Welcome to Tenkara Tuesday...

Not a ton to write about today, but stumbled across this fun woodworking video by "Clean Phil Wanted" in which he makes a tenkara fly box using only hand tools. Rather impressive skills to a guy like me that is not all that handy or crafty.

Anyway, the video is almost 6 minutes, so it's a bit long by internet standards, but a good watch nonetheless. It definitely held my attention. Enjoy!

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.

Local Happenings...

Hey, some cool things going on locally. Should keep my mind off brookies the next few weeks, and if you're in the area (maybe getting that last bit of summer vacation time in), you should stop by too!

Grand Opening Celebration
Oyster Creek Outfitters (St. Augustine, FL)
August 20th, 2016

Featuring Drew Chicone, Joe Mahler, & Strip-Strike University

Events begin at 9:00am and continue through the day till 6:00pm. Burgers and Hotdogs from 12:00pm to 2:00pm with drinks all day. Casting and fishing platforms on Oyster Creek pond. Fly tying in the shop times to be announced.

Additional Workshops/Demonstrations:
Hardy ZephrusScott MeridianG. Loomis NRXTemple Fork OutfittersBOTE fishing stand-up paddle boardsNuCanoe
3rd Annual Floodtide Festival Blackfly Outfitters (Jacksonville, FL) August 27th, 2016
Per Website:

"Join us at the store for a cold beer or two and some excellent BBQ for this years Floodtide Festival! Like years past, we will be setting up in the parking lot "block part…

Without Trout

I've got a serious case of trout withdrawal.

When you're a trout junkie like me and haven't really been in a place to find them since mid-May, well, it does something to your state of mind. It's unsettling, I'm off-kilter. I think I've got a case of the shakes.

Doesn't matter much that you live in Florida, home to endless saltwater and freshwater fishing opportunities. Those waters are devoid of trout. I could be called a species snob, but it's not necessarily the fish I'm after, it's the surroundings, the therapeutic experience. It kept me balanced. What I do know is that a handful of opportunities a year isn't going to work.

Social media doesn't provide much of an escape. When you curate your "friends" and "follows" around your primary interest, the constant flow of brookies, browns, & rainbows swimming in the virtual photo stream quickly goes from gratifying to grating. Like? Love? Retweet? Ugh...

It's defi…

Tenkara Angler Magazine - Fall 2016 Call For Submissions

It's time again to reach out to you, the incredibly awesome tenkara community, particularly those creative souls that may have an interest in submitting content to the upcoming Fall 2016 issue of Tenkara Angler magazine. As before, the e-magazine will remain completely “crowdsourced;” reader submissions and agendas shape the content, I only serve the role as curator and editor as a labor of love for this method of fly fishing.

Please feel free to write about whatever tenkara-related topics that you see fit. For inspirational purposes, I've listed a few topics below:

Did you fish tenkara on your summer vacation?Did you try out any new gear - a new rod, line, or fly?Did you meet up with any online friends on-stream?Did you catch any new species, what did you use to catch them?Did you stumble upon a good DIY tenkara hack?Maybe you're just feeling creative through art, photography, or essay?
Those are just a few ideas, as always, anything & everything tenkara-related is fai…