It took a little longer than I thought it would, but figured now was as good a time as any to do a recap of the Tenkara Summit that took place in Estes Park, Colorado back on September 16th. Actually, this will be more of a photo dump, with a few captions included for good measure.
|Daniel Galhardo kicked off the day with opening remarks and a quick history of the Tenkara Summit|
|Matt Sment from Badger Tenkara's presentation was extremely informative.|
Many tips on how to be a better tenkara angler were covered.
|Jason Klass (Tenkara Talk) discusssed tenkara techniques|
|And Steve Schweitzer rounded out the morning's presentations discussing fishing both Rocky Mountain National Park & Indian Peaks Wilderness (his books on both are excellent!)|
|There were quite a few vendors present. The Tenkara USA tables were a hub of activity...|
|Shiso, Daniel Galhardo's dog was also in attendance. |
Shiso has recently taken to social media with his own Instagram account!
|The Hane 2 prototype rod was introduced and made for sale for the first time at the Summit.|
Those that bought it will provide feedback to see if this becomes a permanent rod in the TUSA lineup.
|There were other vendors too, like Trek Light Gear...|
|...and Dennis from Tenkara Path with many handmade items including line spools...|
|...and some interesting nets.|
|Lunch was provided out of two food trucks - pizza & BBQ.|
|I went with pizza, the truck had its own wood fire oven!|
|Back inside, there were other wares, such as rod cases...|
|and fly boxes. All so beautifully crafted.|
|A full view of vendor row|
|There was also "Tenkara Pie" for all... I went back for seconds. :)|
|Jammers enjoying their BBQ lunch...|
|After lunch, Dr. Ishigaki put on a casting clinic.|
He casts effortlessly and had a great rapport with the crowd.
|Adam Trahan put out some targets for casting accuracy drills.|
|There were also breakouts for rod/line rigging...|
|...and fly tying.|
|Chris Zimmer from Zimmerbuilt showing off some of his packs.|
Every tenkara angler should own one.
|The afternoon had two wonderful presentations.|
The first was by Patagonia founder, Yvon Chouinard.
The crowd was captivated by his passionate plea for protecting our natural resources.
|Dr. Ishigaki also addressed the crowd and touched on many different tenkara topics.|
|The day's program ended with a panel Q&A from many of the day's speakers.|
|But that was not it! After a short break for dinner, the hall reopened for fly tying.|
|Again, Dr. Ishigaki drew a crowd as he tied his namesake patterns.|
|Colorado band Paper Moonshine provided the musical backdrop|
|Many of the tyers participated in an "Iron Fly" style competition moderated by 303 Flies.|
|The winner being presented his spoils from Dr. Ishigaki.|
It was an incredibly full day of events, and there was so much great information being shared. Not only did I leave feeling like I learned a ton, but it was so great to see old friends and make new ones. If you've never attended a Tenkara Summit, I'd highly recommend considering one in the future.