Tenkara: A Ken Burns Documentary?

If I was skilled at making fishing videos, I think my dream project would be to combine two of my favorite things - Tenkara fishing & Ken Burns-style documentaries. I'm captivated by the concept of a "historical timeline" tenkara movie that would immediately replace "A River Runs Through It" as the standard for all fly-fishing cinema.

I can just picture it now...

Grainy black and white still photos of ninjas and wizards battling small stream mountain trout with katana swords bamboo rods...

...accompanied by recollections and musings of current-day tenkara luminaries...

...some video showing the modern (r)evolution...

...overlaid with a Takenobu soundtrack... 

...or something like that. Or not. Most likely not. Whatever...

Ok, while that will never happen, that doesn't change the fact that I'm a history nut, and really love to learn the backstories around the pastimes I enjoy. As such, it's my opinion that one of the most complete (& concise) tenkara historical timelines (at least written in English) was recently published on the Discover Tenkara website. It's called "Tenkara: The FULL Lowdown

You should really check it out if you're up for learning more about tenkara's humble origins in Japan to its contemporary popularization around the world.


  1. Replies
    1. Thank you, I love all forms of fly fishing. However there's something special about pursuing small stream, wild mountain trout.

  2. If anyone can do it, it would be Ken Burns. and it would be awesome. Watched the last one on Vietnam. Blew me away.

    1. I find any subject he covers an addictive watch. While tenkara would clearly never happen, if somebody could twist his arm to do one on the broader subject of fly fishing... OMG... Hmmm... wonder if he fishes...


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