August 28, 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...

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 distinguished from other great offerings by our passion by making fly fishing accessible and comfortable for anyone who loves the outdoors. We believe that truly great outdoor products don’t need to ransom other loves in your life. We focus on engineering and designing fly rods, reels and other products with performance that makes our competitors embarrassed to sell theirs at twice the price. And to prove this point, Streem reigns above the rest with our lifetime warranty on all fishing rods."

At the time of researching this article, Streem Outdoors was also a little over halfway to their $20K goal, with 21 days to go.

tenkara - the book

Last but not least is one that I personally backed, Daniel Galhardo/Tenkara USA's tenkara - the book.

I probably should have called this out here already, but this Kickstarter hit its $10K goal in like a day, didn't seem like it needed the extra push. That said, if you're into tenkara (like me) and by chance haven't heard of this project yet, it's a must have.

At the time of researching this project, tenkara - the book, had surpassed it's funding goal of $10K by more than 3X, with 4 days to go.

August 16, 2016

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.

August 15, 2016

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 Zephrus
  • Scott Meridian
  • G. Loomis NRX
  • Temple Fork Outfitters
  • BOTE fishing stand-up paddle boards
  • NuCanoe

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 party style" looking to have a good time.

This year's raffles are even better than the last; you can expect to see some great prizes. We have four fly rods, a Nautilus reel, Hatch pliers, and much more! In addition to great prizes we have some exceptional guest speakers this year! Jon Cave of Sage Fly Rods will be giving a casting clinic, Michael Schmidt will be inside tying some of his signature flies, and Jako Lucas will be representing Thomas & Thomas Fly Rods and Alphonse Island Resort!

All of the proceeds this year are being donated to Bull Sugar's Now or Neverglades Campaign, so come out for a great time and help us raise funds and awareness for the water quality issues in South Florida. We look forward to seeing you!"

August 13, 2016

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 definitely worse this year than the prior three. I don't handle cold turkey well. Has Pennsylvania been three years already? Wow. Can't believe it.

For now, a long Smoky Mountain weekend in October is the light at the end of the tunnel. Although pinning so much hope on a few short days of potential probably isn't the best recipe for true satisfaction. As easily as Mother Nature can giveth, she can also taketh away.

In the meantime, I guess there's football, family, & the possibility of flood tide tailers. The latter could be a decent distraction, the highlight of many an angler's year, although consistently locating them is still a missing ingredient in my salt marsh recipe. I'm not seeking challenge, I'm seeking comfort.

While I do mean to vent, I'm not looking for your sympathy or consolation. My overall quality of life is good. I'm just confused, existing in an odd state of fishing purgatory. It's even become hard to write this blog. I've been doing this for at least a quarter of my life, it's been such a long time since I haven't. Something is missing and I know it's not going to be found anytime soon.

Change is hard. Living five hours from a good trout stream is even harder.

August 2, 2016

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 fair game!

If you are interested in contributing, I’ve outlined some simple parameters for content submission on the Tenkara Angler website HERE.

The deadline for content submission will be September 9th, 2016, with the target publishing date toward the end of that same month.

For those of you that are new to Tenkara Angler, the Summer 2016 issue is embedded below. The contributions continue to get stronger with each new edition, I would sincerely love to have you as a part of the next issue!