Back to business, the primary reason why I'm in Oregon is that I've always wanted to fish in the Pacific Northwest, and had an awesome excuse with the first Tenkara Bug Out being held in the Oakridge/Westfir area... which is quite the paradise for the outdoor recreation crowd.
The Bug Out was spread over Friday night, all day Saturday, and Sunday morning, and unlike other tenkara events I've attended in the past, it was less "classroom," and more informal get-together, and more importantly... fishing!
I think the turnout was in the mid-30s, the perfect size to walk around and meet almost everyone. It was nice to see a good mix of attendees, from tenkara novices all the way up through the seasoned. Our host Jim Vandagrift really went above and beyond and did a fantastic job setting up the event program and actually organizing (and clearly marking) nearby sections of the North Fork of the Willamette River for all of us to fish. That was HUGE for an out-of-towner such as myself.
As I mentioned, while the event format was very informal, there were several touch points where we all got together as a group.
Friday night was very brief, reserved for registration, ground rules, door prize raffles, fishing assignments, and beer. Lots of introductions, hand shaking, and meeting my tenkara brethren from the other side of the country.
|Jim addresses the group|
|Lucky raffle winner|
Saturday was the most eventful of the 3 days. Most people started the day by fishing the sections of the river they were assigned the night before. However, those that wanted a little bit of "intro & how to" were able to stay behind and watch a tenkara seminar from Daniel Galhardo of Tenkara USA.
|I was out fishing, so this photo of the "Tenkaravan" will need to stand in for Daniel's seminar|
Later in the day, we all regrouped for lunch, drinks, and the exchanging stories of how the morning fishing went (awesome!), as we awaited our evening fishing assignments.
Finally, Saturday wrapped up with a pizza dinner, more beer, more raffles, even more fish stories, and the ever important Sunday fishing assignments. For all intents and purposes it was really the end of the organized portion of the event as the only scheduled activities on Sunday morning was fishing.
So much fun, so much camaraderie, just an awesome time. HUGE kudos to Jim (and Adrienne) for putting on and hosting a top notch event. Can't imagine anybody leaving disappointed. Honestly, I think the only thing that surpassed the Bug Out itself this past weekend was the fishing... but that's going to be a whole post unto itself...