January 14, 2018

2018 Midwest Tenkara Fest Announced...

The guys at Badger Tenkara recently announced the dates for the 2018 Midwest Tenkara Fest as May 5th & 6th.
In addition to the typical vendors and presentations, it appears they will have Misako Ishimura as a special guest speaker, as well as host an angler submitted "film festival." Sounds like fun. Plus, any excuse to go fish the Driftless is worth taking advantage of, that place is awesome!

More details can be found on their blog HERE.

In addition, if you're interested in reading some prior posts about the Midwest Tenkara Fests of years' past, check them out HERE.

January 12, 2018

BRO: Respect Your Elder

Really enjoyed this quick read by Randy Johnson about Grandfather Mountain over on Blue Ridge Outdoors' website. It's not about fishing at all, more so about the mountain and its secrets, slightly from a hiking point of view. That said, I just like reading the history and learning more about the North Carolina Appalachians; it's such a beautiful part of the country, I'm taken aback every time I visit.

Click on the link HERE to read the full article.

January 11, 2018

Spain, A Fly Fishing Paradise

I was fortunate to visit Europe in the summer of 2017 for the very first time. One of my favorite stops was Spain, and while I was wandering the streets of Barcelona and later the mountains of Montserrat, as an angler, I couldn't help but wonder what the fishing opporutnities were like.

Earlier this month, Ricardo and Adrián from Pyrenees Fly Fishing reached out to me about posting some information about fly fishing in Spain. Answering my question from last summer, I'm more than happy to present what they provided below:

Spain, A Fly Fishing Pardise

Fly fishing trips to Spain are becoming popular. The beauty of the Spanish Pyrenees together with its climate, gastronomy, culture, and excellent fishing make this a dream destination for both angler and non-anglers alike.

We are many fishermen who would like to be able to spend our vacations with our family, friends, and of course with the enjoyment of fly fishing. If that is your wish, Spain is the perfect destination!

We have all heard of Spain as a destination of sun, beach, gastronomy, culture, with excellent communications, medical services, and security... but have you heard of its rivers, trout, and mountains?

Northern Spain, Pyrenees

The Pyrenees is a mountain range of more than 400 km in length and with peaks of more than 3000 meters that divides Spain from France. On the sunny side of the Pyrenees (Spanish side), there are many possibilities for fly fishing: brave high mountain streams, almost virgin lakes near the top of the mountains, valley rivers with large trout and barbel.

Zebra Trout, Brook Trout, Barbel and Much More!

One of the most coveted fish by foreign fishermen who visit its waters are the mysterious Zebra trout, a variety of brown trout that lives in the rivers of the Mediterranean basin and that are characterized by their two black stripes and great aggressiveness.

Equally, the fisherman will be able to enjoy the fishing of brook trout in little known mountain lakes and in some headwaters of certain streams, fishing for big rainbow trout in some low channels, and of the spectacular fishing of the barbel Graellsii with a dry fly closer to the great lakes of the valley bottom.

Equipment and Flies for Fishing

The friendly climate of Spain and the warmth of its waters are a decisive factor that condition salmonids to surface feeding. For all these reasons, dry fly fishing is the most effective technique. We also recommend using 9-foot, 5-weight rods for fishing with floating lines and long tippets.

How to Organize a Trip in the Company of Non-Anglers?

Pyrenees Fly Fishing is a company located in the Pyrenees, near the city of Zaragoza and offers guided fishing trips from two operation centers with multiple activities for non-angling companions.

The angler can enjoy fishing days in the hands of local guides who will take you to exclusive places of great beauty and exceptional fishing thanks to their permits to circulate through restricted access trails. The companions can enjoy days designed to measure by team guides in which they can enjoy cultural visits, hiking, wine tourism, and National Parks.

For more information, you can write to Ricardo Madeira at pyreneesflyfishing@gmail.com

January 10, 2018

A Cheeky Job Opportunity In Your Future?

Working in the sporting goods space (in a round-about way), means you end up on a lot of "industry" email lists. Business journals, press releases, even career opportunity listings can find their way into your inbox on almost a daily basis. In skimming one yesterday, it was hard to miss that it appears the parent company of Cheeky Fishing is looking for someone to essentially run their fishing business...

"Cheeky Fishing is seeking a Brand Manager (Cheeky BM) who will assume a leadership role managing all aspects of the Cheeky Fishing brand. The Cheeky BM will report directly to the CEO of North Point Brands, and as such, will play a critical role in managing day-to-day business operations for the entire entity. The Cheeky BM role is ideal for individuals who are seeking a position in the outdoors/fishing industry and who thrive in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial work environment. The Cheeky BM position is demanding and provides an opportunity to learn and develop a wide variety of business skills."

So if that's something of interest... here's a link to the details. Probably would help if you lived in New England. Looks like they want to hire quickly...

While I'm no headhunter, just thought I'd pass it along. Heck, tell 'em Troutrageous Mike sent ya, (to which they'll likely ask, "who the f*ck is that?")

January 9, 2018

Tenkara Tuesday: Tenkara In Focus Go Ishii Interview

The guys over at Discover Tenkara just uploaded Episode 5 of their second season of Tenkara In Focus on Monday. It's a really exceptional interview with tenkara angler Go Ishii. At just under twenty minutes, it's really worth the watch if you have the time to take it all in.

Go's contributions to furthering Japanese tenkara knowledge in the West have been invaluable, and this in-depth "sit down" really adds great context to the man behind the translations. There's also a nice accompanying blog post over on the Discover Tenkara website.

In a somewhat related side-note, I have to further compliment and recommend Discover Tenkara's new print book, "How To Fool Fish With Simple Flies." I received my copy in the mail over the holidays and have had the opportunity to read it almost from cover to cover.

Not only is there some great photography of over 70 different examples of simple flies / kebari, but the book really shines with its extremely detailed instruction on how to effectively fish them. While a lot of folks consider tenkara "basic," this book can definitely take your fly presentation and manipulation to the "next level."

January 8, 2018

Guadalupe Bass: Texas Parks & Wildlife

Cool little video by Texas Parks & Wildlife (for PBS) that shows the restoration efforts being put in place to ensure the future of the Texas state fish, the Guadalupe Bass, in the South Llano River.

Plus, you might recognize a few of the anglers in the video... OBIF anybody?

January 3, 2018

Tenkara Angler Magazine: Winter 2017-18

It's finally done! Thanks to a bad head & chest cold, it took so loooong to edit and layout, but the Winter issue of Tenkara Angler magazine is finally live and ready to be digitally flipped through.

This issue is a little different because it doesn't focus so much on actual fishing or technique, rather activities you can do off-water, especially during a cold winter. The main draw is a focus on fly tying, featuring five different flies, (with ingredients and instructions) from five different tyers. There's also a DIY on tamo (landing net) building, a core workout routine for anglers, and a recommended reading list... once you're done reading the magazine, of course!

That said, all the other good stuff that's usually in TA is back too - essays, photography, destination reporting, art, poetry, so even if you're not feeling like MacGyver, there's still probably something to read as well - check out Melissa Alcorn's entry, it's awesome.


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.