September 27, 2017

Tenkara Angler Magazine: Fall 2017

Hey... It's my pleasure to announce that after far too much editing, late nights, and wasted weekends, the Fall 2017 issue of Tenkara Angler magazine is now live!

This issue covers many topics, included but not limited to – golden trout, salters, Alaskan adventures, the Tenkara Summit, Seiryu, simple nymphing, "dynamic" tenkara, an interview, and everybody's favorite, Brookies & Beer! Quite a bit of the content is tenkara related, but not necessarily all is tenkara specific. So even if you prefer a reel on your fly rod, I think it's still worth a look.

As usual, it will be available as a free e-magazine over at Issuu, HERE.

And also available for sale as a physical magazine and PDF download in the Blurb bookstore, HERE.


September 25, 2017

Fishing Wild Basin Trail

It was Friday morning. The plane had just landed in Colorado and I still didn't have much of a gameplan in place. The red Kia Soul rental was acquired, and I couldn't check into the hotel up in Estes Park until 3pm, however, in the meantime, I had a few hours to burn and wanted to get a line wet.

In between the airport and the hotel, I knew I wanted to stop at two of my favorite places in Boulder, McGuckin Hardware (to obtain a fishing license), and Rincon Argentino (to obtain lunch). While eating my empanadas and referencing a Rocky Mountain National Park guidebook, I decided I wanted to head up to the Wild Basin area and try my luck at some brook trout, and perhaps, if I was lucky, some greenback cutthroat trout.

License in hand and belly full, it was a short hour or so drive to the Wild Basin trailhead. Everybody must have had the same idea, as the parking areas were very full, but I was fortunate to find a spot in the main lot near the ranger station. Most of the foot-traffic was not fellow anglers, rather hikers, sightseers, and those of other outdoor pursuits. Hastily grabbing gear from my suitcase, I thought I had everything I needed, but more on that in a bit.

The first spot I dropped in at was a short walk from the trailhead, and for those familiar with the area, not quite as far as Lower Copeland Falls.

Fortunately, the brook trout were eager and quickly came to my fly. Unfortunately, I had left my waterproof camera back in the car, and with a long weekend ahead I didn't want to accidentally dunk my phone in the water in the name of a few fish photos. I took a few quick snaps with one of the brookies in the net and then resolved to keep the phone stashed away, with the exception being the occasional landscape photo of my surroundings from dry land.

Fishing each run of boulders and corresponding pocket water methodically, I found the time was passing extremely quickly. I had arrived at around 1PM, and before I knew it, it was almost 5PM. It was a damn fun four hours though. I brought many brook trout to hand and got to fish some of the most gnarly, yet beautiful stretches of water on the way up to the Calypso Cascades and Cony Creek.

With the sun getting lower in the sky, and about a 45-minute hike back to the car, (to be followed by an hour drive up to Estes Park), I decided to turn back, unfortunately before getting up to the altitude and water where the greenbacks reside, but man, what a day, it was still damn worth it.

While it's always a little bit sad (and tiring) walking back down the trail knowing that fishing is over for the day, I couldn't help but feel more than a bit energized. I'm standing in Colorado, cool water rushing beside me, knowing there's trout everywhere and also two more days of fishing fun ahead. Man, I love the Rockies.

The drive to the hotel went faster than expected, and having been up since 3:30AM East Coast time, I collapsed on the bed in a heap. Finally, hunkered down in the room, I slept well that night... although Saturday (and the Summit) couldn't come soon enough.

September 23, 2017

Troutrageous!: The Return

Wow.  Been away from the blog for a few weeks, it's been a little bit hectic, and while I could have probably made time to squeeze in a post here or there, I figured it was best not to rush anything.

Since last I wrote, it's been kind of crazy; we made it through a legit hurricane-scare here in Florida, real-life work responsibilities have really picked up with the beginning of the NFL season, (including a three-day off-site), and well, I did sneak away for some fishing, in the form of the Tenkara Summit, in Estes Park, Colorado.

In any event, I'm going to try and catch up on some overdue posts this week, as long as wrapping up the final steps in assembling and publishing the Fall issue of Tenkara Angler magazine doesn't get in the way.

Hope all of you have had a great September... man it flew by fast; and to my fellow bloggers, looking forward to catching up on your recent posts as well.

See you later...

September 8, 2017

Tenkara Jam Update

A notable update for those considering attending the Tenkara Jam in Boone, NC at the end of the month, per the organizer, Jason Sparks:


Tenkara Jam has been changed to a single day expo event this year. Changes are heading to the website now to reflect this change. Vendors and Presenters are aware. There will be a FULL SATURDAY of schedule speakers and plenty of time with your favorite company. On Sunday, we will gather for outings around the fine waters of Boone. This will still be a fantastic gathering.  Now we hope it is easier for many more to attend for a serious day of tenkara fun.

The registration fee has been greatly reduced and is still as lean as ever. I will process refund differentials this weekend to those already registered. I am working on refreshing website content now for the .com"

End of day, I'm really looking forward to the Jam. It was phenomenal last year, and I actually like this format change to allow more time for fishing! It's a win-win. So if you're thinking about making the trip... go register, you won't regret it.

Hope to see you there on September 30th!

September 3, 2017

Video: Do Brook Trout Have a Future in Shenandoah?

Was thinking about the 2013 Tenkara Summit last night; it was the one in Harrisonburg, VA. That trip opened my eyes up to the beauty of the Shenandoah Valley for the first time, and when it came to fishing, all anybody wanted to talk about (for good reason) was the native brook trout.

A quick search for "Shenandoah brook trout" into Google, promptly yielded the video below, which is actually a complimentary piece to a lengthy blog post from the National Parks Conservation Association that you can read HERE.