Next weekend, the tenkara clan descends on the Driftless Area of Wisconsin for a gathering centered around Japanese fly fishing, a lot of gear ogling, tons of camaraderie, and of course stream after stream filled with eager trout! It can only mean the Midwest Tenkara Fest.
I have to admit, after attending the last two Coon Valley-based events, I'm more than a little bummed that I won't be able to make it this year, however, I'm certain a fantastic time is about to be had by all in attendance, whether they are new to tenkara or a veteran wielder of the telescopic rod.
I mean how could they not, especially with a lineup of speakers and vendors as follows:
- Rob Worthing (Tenkara Guides)
- Anthony Naples (Three Rivers Tenkara)
- Daniel Galhardo (Tenkara USA)
- Matt Sment (Badger Tenkara)
- Luong Tam (Tenkara Tanuki)
- Bob Long, Jr.
- Riverworks Tenkara
- Dragontail Tenkara
- Moonlit Fly Fishing
- Streamside Leaders
- Trout Buddy Guide Service
I caught this one (and several others just like it) in a beautiful creek about 50 yards away from the VFW hall in which the event is held during a break in the action.
Check out the Midwest Tenkara Fest website for a ton more info.
If you can't make it, I wrote some recaps of the prior two here on this blog.
The articles can be found here:
2015 Midwest Tenkara Fest
2016 Midwest Tenkara Fest