Showing posts with label Tenkara Tuesday. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Tenkara Tuesday. Show all posts

January 31, 2017

Tenkara Tuesday - Tenkara In Focus Episode 4

Welcome to Tenkara Tuesday...

You're probably aware by now, but just in case you're not, the latest episode of Tenkara In Focus has just been released! I've only skimmed it so far (going to settle in tonight with the old Chromecast and the big screen) but looks like there's plenty to see...

I'm looking forward to taking in all the sights and sounds, the guys at Discover Tenkara always do a phenomenal job with these videos!

January 17, 2017

Tenkara Tuesday - 3 Quick Hits

Three quick hits on this Tenkara Tuesday...

New TenkaraBum Rods
Have been a little bit slow on this one, but TenkaraBum recently released two new Suntech produced rods to his namesake line.  The TenkaraBum 40 and the TenkaraBum 33.  These two models complement the original TenkaraBum 36 at longer and shorter extended lengths respectively.

Tenkara Angler Magazine
The open call for submissions was made yesterday for the Spring 2017 issue of Tenkara Angler magazine. Content is community-sourced; if you're interested in contributing, more details on how to submit an article, photo, essay, etc... can be found HERE.

Tenkara Cast Podcast
A new Tenkara Cast was released last week and it was a good listen. I'd recommend taking the opportunity to tune in as Daniel teases a few initiatives for 2017 - a new rod, the return of the Tenkara Summit, and a book tour!

Enjoy!  Now let's go fishing!

January 10, 2017

Tenkara Tuesday - The Golden Globe Awards

Welcome to Tenkara Tuesday...

The Golden Globe Awards were on the other night. I didn't watch them, (c'mon now, Finding Bigfoot was on TV), but lots of people seem to be talking about them. La La Land evidently won all of the big movie awards which is good for them. I'm certain it's no Rogue One, but as far as feature films go, I'm sure it's great.

Now you or I could go to the theaters and buy tickets for La La Land...or just watch the rad videos I've embedded below. They aren't new. If you're one of my regular Tenkara Tuesday readers, you've probably viewed them before. Some, possibly several times. That said, even today, they're still just as effective in getting my tenkara juices going as when they were first released back in 2009. Congrats Daniel Galhardo & Tenkara USA, you've won the Troutrageous! "Lifetime Achievement Award for Best Foreign Fishing-Style Film."

I can't go fishing today, so I'm going to watch them all again too. Please join me.

December 20, 2016

Tenkara Angler Magazine: Winter 2016-17

I'm pleased to announce the Winter 2016-17 issue of Tenkara Angler magazine has hit the virtual newsstands!

I'm not 100% sure, but I think this is the largest group of contributors to date. Twenty-four different submissions in all, with a great mix of new names, and usual suspects.

Being a winter issue, there's a really nice mix of content to keep your fishing juices flowing, even if it's frozen outside. Fly tying recipes, tips to stay warm on-stream in the winter months, tactics to chase salmon and smallmouth, destination travel, an interview, a discussion on honoring the definition of tenkara, a hat shopping adventure, as well as thoughtful essays and playful art. Oh, and at least one typo I found, but *exhale* that's okay. :)

The Winter 2016-17 issue of Tenkara Angler magazine can be found for free online consumption via Issuu HERE, or for those of you that prefer something in-hand, for physical purchase HERE.

Happy Holidays!

October 25, 2016

Tenkara Tuesday - 2016 Tenkara Jam

After last week's post that really wasn't a true recap of the 2016 Tenkara Jam, I thought it probably right to do a complete recap for those that are interested, but weren't able to attend. And for those who don't care about the Jam, well, this will be my last post about it, I promise. :)

The Tenkara Jam was held on the 15th & 16th of October, in Cherokee, North Carolina. Cherokee is a pretty interesting mountain town, one that borrows from it's Native American heritage, but mixes in quite a bit of tourist kitsch. It's also a gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which means excellent outdoor adventure opportunities, including fly fishing.

Attendance of the Tenkara Jam was pretty impressive, particularly on Saturday. I believe organizer Jason Sparks posted on Facebook in the following days that over 170 people attended the event. That's a lot of people! And while many were already experienced in the dark art of tenkara, there were probably just as many newcomers, interested in learning what the fuss was all about.

The Jam Crowd

I was at the Jam not only as "fanboy," but because I wanted to promote my other endeavor, Tenkara Angler magazine. To say that it was well received is an understatement. It was really cool to meet several of the magazine's contributors that I had only communicated with via email or social media. It was even cooler when somebody came up to the table and said, "wow, I didn't know there was a tenkara-only magazine, how do I subscribe?" By the amount of business cards and stickers I handed out, I'm pretty sure it was a mission accomplished.

Tenkara Angler magazine table

However, I wasn't the only vendor at the Jam. There were many purveyors of tenkara goodies in attendance. I'll run you through a few highlights below:

Daniel Galhardo, Tenkara USA

Some prototypes (left) and current models (right) from Badger Tenkara

Anthony Naples of Three Rivers making a sale

TenkaraBum's booth was amazing

The extremely personable Luong Tam of Tanuki

Riverworks Tenkara's new product line - available for pre-sale now

Was happy to see Drew and Lars from Tenkara Rod Co. at the event

Chris Zimmer and his packs - a crowd favorite

Streamside's Mike Moline

Oh, and I can't forget fly shops Rivers Edge Outfitters & Trekka Outfitters as well as the main Jam table, where Jason Sparks' beautiful family was selling jars of tenkara jam, Boone Barrs, fly tying vise stands, and David Taylor's fantastic antler carvings.

But no, that's not all...the presentations were all top notch as well...

As you may be able to see from the flyer above, there was quite a bit on the agenda, and I have to say despite having mountain streams a stone's throw from the event hall, each presenter kept the room's attention with extremely entertaining content.

Jason Sparks kicked off the first day with opening remarks and an "intro to tenkara" of sorts that got everybody up to speed on the basics. Jason's energy is amazing to witness. I often refer to him as a tenkara evangelist, but not in an over the top way.

Jason Sparks

He was followed that morning by the Executive Director of the Outdoor Writers Association (and more importantly, tenkara guide) Tom Sadler, Anthony Naples of Three Rivers Tenkara, Daniel Galhardo of Tenkara USA, and Rob Worthing of Tenkara Guides, LLC.

Each brought a little different perspective to the table. Tom's presentation was a mixed bag about everything, borrowing from his experience as a tenkara guide, as well as his encounters with other tenkara anglers and fishing personalities over the years. Tom is a fantastic and relatable speaker, should you have the opportunity to listen to him speak, take it.

Tom Sadler

Anthony focused on creating and defining your own tenkara, blurring the boundaries of what you might think to be acceptable and blazing your own trail through experimentation and self-discovery. It's one of those things that really appeals to me as an angler. There is no right or no wrong, there's only what works for you. 

Daniel's presentation featured a humorous video showing how it only takes one "crazy person" and a few early followers to start a movement. He also gave a few tips on simplifying your fishing in the name of reducing frustration and finally, presented Jason Sparks with an Ambassador award on behalf of Tenkara USA, a very nice touch.

Daniel congratulating Jason

Rob's "Advanced Casting" talk was perhaps the highlight of the first day. Borrowing from well-established sports training techniques combined with motion capture software, Rob broke down not only the motions required to become a more skillful caster, but showed us how in real-time through the use of video.  It was kind of like watching a football analyst diagram a play on TV using the "telestrator."

Rob Worthing

Day two was much of the same, simply with different presentations.

Chris Stewart of TenkaraBum opened up the day's schedule with a walk through all of the species one can pursue with fixed-line fly fishing rods. He started with examples of tiny fish such as shiners, slowly building up to some serious fish like carp, catfish, and musky. Tenkara may have originated in the mountains of Japan in pursuit of trout, but Chris showed how the same general set of tools can be evolved to attack much different angling situations around the world.

Chris Stewart

Luong Tam's (Tanuki) presentation about tenkara rod design and manufacturing was pretty interesting. He recently visited the factory in China that produces his rods. He was able to take many pictures, some video footage, and even passed around samples of raw carbon fiber. It's amazing how much of tenkara rods are actually still made by hand, with machine assistance (of course).

Dan Dutton

Finally, Dan Dutton spoke to ways to minimize fish mortality while catching (and releasing) your quarry. Some of the statistics he threw around were quite astonishing. Tips on improving fish handling were discussed, we were all introduced to the phrase "caudal peduncle," and I think left the Jam all a little more aware of and educated on this subject.

After that, the formal portion of the Jam concluded and we were free to mingle, or simply go fish!

I know I wrote a lot above, and truthfully, could have written a ton more, but in the interest of keeping this blog post somewhat readable, I'll just stop here. In retrospect, the 2016 Tenkara Jam was a fantastic weekend of tenkara camaraderie, chock full of new friends, gear, and educational experiences. I really can't wait until next year, wherever the venue.

Plus, the fishing and surroundings weren't too shabby either.

October 18, 2016

Tenkara Tuesday - Best of the Blue Ridge

So like...I don't ask you, my wonderful readers for a I?

How about you do me one favor...and if you're really good, you could do that same favor once a day until the end of October? Maybe I'm stretching it, but you'll see why in a second.

Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine is holding their annual "Best of the Blue Ridge" competition. For those with fishing interests (like you), there is a category for "Best Fly Fishing Event"...and the Tenkara Jam is one of the five nominated finalists.

So go HERE and vote.

But you're saying, "Dude, I didn't go to the Tenkara Jam, and would you shut up about it already?" It doesn't matter, you know tenkara is rad, and we want the fairly large Blue Ridge Outdoors subscriber base to know it too. There's no doubt if when the Jam wins, their readers are going to ask themselves, "what the heck is a Tenkara Jam," and look it up on the internet. Cue the curiosity...and the next thing you know they've got a new rod in their hand and they're just as rad as the rest of us.

So go vote...

Really...I wasn't kidding...

(and do it again tomorrow)

September 27, 2016

Tenkara Angler Magazine: Fall 2016

Welcome to Tenkara Tuesday...

Today I'm pleased to announce the Fall 2016 issue of Tenkara Angler magazine has hit the virtual newsstands!

The cast of contributors is once again very deep in quality and quantity. Tenkara Angler staples such as Anthony Naples, Chris Stewart, John Vetterli, and Isaac Tait are framed by newcomers such as Adam Rieger, Christopher Seep, John Mosovsky, and George Roberts. Nineteen different authors and artists are to thank for this issue, and I cannot possibly thank them enough!

This also was one of the most challenging issues to edit to date. There was not only so much good written content to proof-read, but several charts & diagrams were submitted to accompany those words. I had no idea making them "fit" was going to be such a task. In the end, it yielded over 100 pages of community-sourced photos, essays, articles, and technique tips. I hope you pardon a random typo or two, my eyes were absolutely shot at the end of the process.

The Fall 2016 issue of Tenkara Angler magazine can be found for free online consumption via Issuu HERE, or for those of you that prefer something in-hand, for physical purchase HERE.

September 6, 2016

Tenkara Tuesday - The Upcoming 2016 Tenkara Jam

I'm fairly certain that everybody that reads my blog and has an interest in tenkara is well aware of what's going on this October 15 & 16 in Cherokee, NC; but in case you aren't, it's time do my part and spread the word.

In short, there have been Summits, Fests, Series, and Schools in the past, and not to diminish them in any way, but I don't think there's ever been quite as much tenkara under one roof as there will be at the 2016 Tenkara Jam.

First off, the lineup of speakers is ridiculously deep: Tom Sadler, Chris Stewart, Rob Worthing, Jason Sparks, Anthony Naples, Dan Dutton, Luong Tam, ERiK Ostrander, Jason Klass, and Daniel Galhardo. Wow, talk about a "who's-who" of the American Tenkaraverse.

Next, if you're interested in doing a little gear testing or shopping, I don't think you'll find more tenkara gear anywhere (including Japan). Tenkara USA, Tenkara Bum, Badger Tenkara, Tenkara Tanuki, Three Rivers Tenkara, Tenkara Rod Co., Riverworks Tenkara, Zen Tenkara, Streamside Furled Leaders, Zimmerbuilt, and Hunter Banks Fly Fishing will all be in the house. Ever want to wiggle that rod you've seen online before buying it, this is your chance!

And last but not least, representatives from many tenkara-friendly companies, organizations, and media outlets will also be in attendance. Boone Bar, Appalachian Mountain Brewery, Trout Unlimited, Project Healing Waters, Casting for Recovery, NCWRC, Southern Trout magazine, Fly Life Magazine, and even I'll be there promoting & reporting for my other online project, Tenkara Angler magazine. all that?

I'm sure I've forgotten a few (and for that I do apologize), but man, there's a lot that's going on. The schedule is so jam-packed (see what I did there...) I don't even know when we're all going to find time to fish all of the nearby waters of the Smokies! 

Fished this water in the rain in 2012, would love to go back again this year...

In any event, if you like tenkara, you gotta be at the 2016 Tenkara Jam. You've got a month to figure it out. If you're curious about tenkara, this is the perfect thing to learn a little bit more. Heck, even if you hate the idea of tenkara, swing on by, maybe we'll change your mind. Probably not, but at least you'll see we're not just cane pole fishin'...not that there's anything wrong with that. Kudos to Jason Sparks and everyone else involved with pulling this event together.

For more details on the 2016 Tenkara Jam, including a full schedule, list of presenters, and online registration, visit the official website HERE. While you're at it, also check out the Appalachian Tenkara Anglers Facebook page more more real-time info in the days between now and the event.

August 16, 2016

Tenkara Tuesday - Making A Tenkara Fly Box

Welcome to Tenkara Tuesday...

Not a ton to write about today, but stumbled across this fun woodworking video by "Clean Phil Wanted" in which he makes a tenkara fly box using only hand tools. Rather impressive skills to a guy like me that is not all that handy or crafty.

Anyway, the video is almost 6 minutes, so it's a bit long by internet standards, but a good watch nonetheless. It definitely held my attention. Enjoy!


Are you a tenkara angler? Do you have a story, pictures, video, fly recipe, or simply a fishing report from one of your recent tenkara adventures? If so, I'd really enjoy hearing from you for an upcoming Tenkara Tuesday post! Feel free to send an email HERE, I'd love to publish your original contribution.

August 2, 2016

Tenkara Angler Magazine - Fall 2016 Call For Submissions

It's time again to reach out to you, the incredibly awesome tenkara community, particularly those creative souls that may have an interest in submitting content to the upcoming Fall 2016 issue of Tenkara Angler magazine. As before, the e-magazine will remain completely “crowdsourced;” reader submissions and agendas shape the content, I only serve the role as curator and editor as a labor of love for this method of fly fishing.

Please feel free to write about whatever tenkara-related topics that you see fit. For inspirational purposes, I've listed a few topics below:

  • Did you fish tenkara on your summer vacation?
  • Did you try out any new gear - a new rod, line, or fly?
  • Did you meet up with any online friends on-stream?
  • Did you catch any new species, what did you use to catch them?
  • Did you stumble upon a good DIY tenkara hack?
  • Maybe you're just feeling creative through art, photography, or essay?

Those are just a few ideas, as always, anything & everything tenkara-related is fair game!

If you are interested in contributing, I’ve outlined some simple parameters for content submission on the Tenkara Angler website HERE.

The deadline for content submission will be September 9th, 2016, with the target publishing date toward the end of that same month.

For those of you that are new to Tenkara Angler, the Summer 2016 issue is embedded below. The contributions continue to get stronger with each new edition, I would sincerely love to have you as a part of the next issue!

July 26, 2016

Tenkara Tuesday - My Fab Five Tenkara Rods

Welcome to Tenkara Tuesday...

In last week's Tenkara Tuesday, I mentioned that I had a new Tanuki rod on pre-order, and had also sold off several tenkara rods that just didn't "fit" me well. I didn't say what the rods were, but in the comments section, bolder_in_boulder asked the following question:

Well, even after a recent purge, I've still got a lot of tenkara rods.
Probably too many than I could dream of fishing with any regularity.

So bolder_in_boulder, I'll lump them into 3 groups...

New To Me Rods I'm Still Evaluating

  • Suntech TenkaraBum 36 - I like a lot about this rod. The feel in hand, the sensitivity, the cosmetics, and believe it or not, I also found it casts a floating line surprisingly well. I just haven't fished it enough yet. It's definitely a premium rod. Even if it doesn't go into my regular rotation, I'll probably hold on to it. It's the first TenkaraBum branded rod, a Japanese rod designed by an American. That's a pretty cool thing.
  • Badger (now TAO) Tenkara WISCO - If you've never seen this rod in person, it's an absolute beast. The handle section is absolutely Paul Bunyan-esque. I bought this rod thinking it would become my "inshore" rod, to go chase sea trout, small redfish, or anything off the beach or jetties. I've been horrible actually getting off my butt and hitting the salt, so the jury is still out.

Rods I've Held On To, But Don't Fish Often

  • Tenkara USA Iwana 11" - This was my first tenkara rod purchased way back in 2009. It started it all for me. I fished this rod almost exclusively for 4 years - from Pennsylvania to North Carolina, from Virgnia to Utah. It's well worn and went with me everywhere. Sure, it's not the best casting rod, nor is it the best feeling rod, but it was my first rod. It's here to stay.
  • Tenkara USA Ito - Call me crazy, but I never took to the Ito. So many other people love it, it's their favorite rod, but for whatever the reason - size, weight, the squared off butt cap - I just don't care for this rod. I pick it up once or twice a year thinking that I'll give it another try, but just haven't had the warm and fuzzies...yet. Maybe next year. 
  • Tenkara USA Ayu II - I bought this rod because Tenkara USA was having a Black Friday sale one year and at the time it filled a gap in my rod assortment. There's really nothing wrong with it. It's just an odd rod out. It's a discontinued model, so I hang on to it sort of out of novelty.
  • Tenkara Customs - I made a tenkara rod once upon a time using a Tenkara Customs blank and a Winn Grip. The rod is rather spartan, found it to be a nice bass rod, but I really, really like the grip. I actually acquired the grip before the blank. I wish more manufacturers would try this cork-alternative rather than foam. However I'm not sure anyone would want this rod if I tried to sell it, I didn't try hard to make it "pretty" when I assembled it.
  • Sakura Kongo Betuatsurae - This was my first "splurge" on a tenkara rod. I was really drawn to how small this rod collapsed, not to mention the beautiful faux-bamboo finish. It's a beautifully crafted rod, casts a tapered line quite well. I'm not sure why I don't fish it more often. Maybe I just don't have the heart to use it on lowly bluegill & bass. I considered selling it a few times, but I know I'll regret it if I do. 
  • Tenkara Rod Co. Cascade - Not going to lie, I'm not a huge fan of this rod. I like the short length, but the rod is just too stiff for my taste. Doesn't cast bad with a floating or furled line, but I've got a better choice in short rod (see next section). This will probably be the one I move on from next, there are a lot of people that do like this rod, it's just not my cup of tea.

Rods In My Regular Rotation; The Fab Five

  • Tenkara USA Sato - This has become my everyday tenkara rod. The lengths of this 3-way zoom rod pretty much make it perfect for any scenario. Shrink it small to avoid the canopy, extend it to fish a little more open water - I've caught brookies to largemouth on this rod - fished level, furled, and floating lines - weighted and unweighted flies - the versatility is hard to match.
  • Tenkara USA Rhodo - This is the current "short rod" in my collection of tenkara rods. I don't have any of the smaller Japanese specialty rods, so when I know I'm going to go out and fish tight conditions or small water, the Rhodo and some 2.5 level line are my preferred combination.
  • Tenkara USA Ebisu - Can you tell I'm a Tenkara USA guy? I love the wooden-handled 5:5 Ebisu. Like the Ayu II it's a discontinued model, but it's so soft and responsive (which sounds like a contradiction) that it's an absolute blast to fish. It's a tad on the heavy side compared to my other favorites, but if you ever see one available on the secondary market, snap it up.
  • Tenkara Times TRY 360 - I think this is the most underrated tenkara rod on the market. I'll come clean, I didn't want to like this rod, the cosmetics are horrible, but it fishes so well that I love it. It's ridiculously light and casts level line like a dream. If it was re-branded as something different, with a sexier paint job, tenkara anglers would go crazy for it. I'd fish it more, but when I go out with Lilly, she always picks this rod.
  • Dragontail Hellbender - This has become my big fish rod of choice. It's a zoom rod, but I pretty much fish it at it's fully extended length at all times. It tosses streamers like beadhead woolly buggers and Clouser minnows extremely efficiently. When I know there's a chance to hook a nice sized bass, I bring this rod

So the observant tenkara fanboy will probably notice something odd, "hey where are all the Japanese rods? No Nissin, no Shimano, no Daiwa, no Oni?" 

I have nothing against Japanese rods (note the Suntech TenkaraBum & Sakura Kongo are on the list), I just never took the plunge in a big way. Call me crazy, I like to support the folks I know. People I've become friendly with online, people I've met in person...had conversations with...shared beers....stuff like that. Although I am damn tempted to try the "magic" of an Oni some time. Maybe if they #savethecamohandle. (Ha!)

*EDIT: I have since purchased an Oni Type III; holy crap... if you're fishing intimate water, what a rod. Just sexy full-flex goodness. Save your pennies and get one, it jumps to the top of this list.*

In the end, there's really not a bad rod in the list above. These just happen to be my current preferences. You might have a differing opinion of my choices, and you know what, that's fine, we're all different. Nothing that I wrote above should be an indictment of your favorite rod(s), either as angler or manufacturer. Ten colors, you know? I'd love to hear about your personal favorites in the comments below.


Are you a tenkara angler? Do you have a story, pictures, video, fly recipe, or simply a fishing report from one of your recent tenkara adventures? If so, I'd really enjoy hearing from you for an upcoming Tenkara Tuesday post! Feel free to send an email HERE, I'd love to publish your original contribution.

July 19, 2016

Tenkara Tuesday: Tanuki 275 Appalachian Brookie Rod

Bought a new tenkara rod over the weekend. Well, I pre-ordered one anyway.

Yeah, it's yellow.

It's the special edition Tanuki 275 "Appalachian Brookie" tenkara rod.

The rod will be released in the Fall in a standard coloration, however, this yellow cosmetic will be unique to 15 rods sold through Pittsburgh-based Three Rivers Tenkara. Right, yellow & black like the Steelers, Penguins, and Pirates. As a Philly-boy, that stings more than a little bit, so it's probably fitting that the rod picked up a secondary nickname on Facebook, the "Killer Bee."

No, not those Killer Bees.

As I've acquired different tenkara rods over the years, I've in turn sold off the ones that didn't quite "fit." I recently said goodbye to two, and will be selling one more shortly. With a few empty slots in my rod rack, figured this would be a convenient way to try one of the Tanuki designs, so I took the plunge. Why not, you only live once. If nothing else, should make for some interesting on-stream photos.

I'd imagine since it's part of a limited run, should I not care for it, I could move it pretty easily at a later date. Hopefully, I don't need to find out. We'll see later this Fall...

July 12, 2016

Tenkara Tuesday - DIY Minimalist Tenkara Fly Vial

Welcome to Tenkara Tuesday...

When Tenkara Tuesdays started back in 2011, my intent was to provide an opportunity for anybody who wanted to write about their tenkara experience through guest posts. I received a few entries, such as this, this, and this, but eventually things went silent, and I occassionally kept the Tuesday posts going using my own voice. However today I'm happy to see things come full circle, as it's my pleasure to post a neat little "tenkara tip" that George Roberts submitted somewhat out of the blue while I was away on vacation. I hope you enjoy it.

DIY Minimalist Tenkara Fly Vial

My favorite minimalist fly holder is a small glass vial. It will easily hold a half-dozen or so wet or dry flies - this is more than you'll need for a day of fishing - and it will fit unobtrusively into your shirt or pants pocket.

If you know a registered nurse you likely have a virtually unlimited supply of these vials. Many intravenous medications are packaged in small glass vials that are fitted with rubber stoppers. A few minutes’ work is all it takes to repurpose them for angling.

First, explain to the nurse in your life what you need - namely, spent I.V.-push vials such as those that contain Protonix.

Next, remove the thin metallic crown that holds the rubber stopper in place. Here I’m using the small blade of a wine opener.

Remove the vial’s label by placing it into a pan of boiling water for a minute or so. You may need to use the blade of a knife to assist you, as well as some dishwashing detergent to remove the glue. (I didn't think I needed to illustrate this.) When you've finished, and the vial is clean and dry, you'll have an imminently functional fly holder that cost you nothing more than a few minutes of your time. These also make great gifts for your fellow anglers--particularly when they contain a few of your own patterns.

About the Author: 
A fly angler since age seven (and a tenkara angler since age forty-seven), George Roberts is the author of Master the Cast: Fly Casting in Seven Lessons (McGraw-Hill, 2002). You can visit his website at


Are you a tenkara angler? Do you have a story, pictures, video, fly recipe, or simply a fishing report from one of your recent tenkara adventures? If so, I'd really enjoy hearing from you for an upcoming Tenkara Tuesday post! Feel free to send an email HERE, I'd love to publish your original contribution.

April 26, 2016

Tenkara Tuesday - 2017 TenkaraBum Catskill Tenkara Weekend

Welcome to Tenkara Tuesday...

Been a bit since a Tenkara Tuesday post, but when you see something on Facebook that you just gotta share, just gotta share it, even if it is more than a year away...

And if you happen to be viewing this in a format where that little Facebook embed doesn't work so well...we're talking a TenkaraBum Tenkara Weekend in the Catskills in June 2017. BOOM! 

Certainly a lot more to come, but it's fitting that some sort of tenkara event returns to the Catskill Fly Fishing Center & Museum. I think many of us that have been following tenkara for a while recall one of the first gatherings to receive any press in the US was also there back in 2009.  Oh, and so was the guy in the camo...

Screen grab, Tenkara in the Land of Little Rivers, p. 2

March 1, 2016

Tenkara Tuesday - Designing Change

Welcome to Tenkara Tuesday...

Graphic design is just one of those things I don't do well. I can mix up a mad Photoshop with somebody else's assets, but creating something visual from scratch, eh, I'm a lightweight.

When I wanted to redesign the wordmark/logo for the Tenkara Angler magazine project, I looked briefly at Fiverr as an solution, spun my wheels on some Google searches, and then, by chance stumbled upon some pretty rad stuff on Instagram...

Yeah, I wanted those.  Or something like those.

I reached out to the artist, Nick Cobler about the redesign project, just to gauge his interest....only to learn he's from Pennsylvania and has been known to pick up a tenkara rod from time to time. Boom, game over!

From there, the process was pretty straightforward. I called him, describing what I was looking in my opinion, too much of the image of tenkara has for better or worse been portrayed as an extreme. Either very Far Eastern (naturally), or American hipster (unfortunately).

I wanted something different, something that would maintain a somewhat minimalistic feel, but be strong and bold at the same time. We're not all frail, sissy boys waving fairy wands at four-inch fish, you know?

A project brief...

...followed by some concepts ...

...and we ended up on this...

...which will visualize itself like this...and I couldn't be happier!

In the next issue of Tenkara Angler magazine, I'll spotlight Nick and his work through an interview I think you'll all enjoy. Sure, interviews with "Tenkara Masters" are plenty insightful, but as far as I'm concerned, it's more fun to talk to your peers, who like you are still finding their way with the long rod, about why they fish tenkara.

In the meantime, check out Nick's work on Instagram, Stickermule Marketplace, or his professional website, which includes a much less wordy description of the process outlined above.

January 26, 2016

Tenkara Angler Magazine - Spring 2016 Call For Submissions

In case you haven't noticed, I dig tenkara. I love fishing small streams, and over the past 6 and a half years, my preferred method has been using a tenkara rod. Fortunately, I'm not alone. And those that hate on tenkara, well, that's their problem.

Tenkara Angler magazine is an online (& print) publication that launched as a test last Fall, and with a successful Winter follow up it appears like there's enough interest to keep it around for a while. The magazine is completely “crowdsourced;” reader submissions shape the content, I only serve the role as curator and editor.

With that, thought I'd use today's Tenkara Tuesday as a call for submissions for the Spring 2016 issue. Articles, photography, art, essays, "how-tos," fly tying, destination travel, if it's tenkara related, it's all fair game.

You don't need to be a professional writer or photographer to participate, just willing to share. If you're interested, or even mildly curious, there's more information on the submission process HERE.

The Winter 2015-16 issue is embedded below. There were a lot of great contributions from across the tenkara community, yours could be next!

January 5, 2016

Tenkara Tuesday - New Year, New News...

Welcome to Tenkara Tuesday...

With the turn of the new year, there's been a flurry of interesting news in tenkara circles. Figured I'd recap a little bit of it here today.

Tenkara - The Book?

Leading off, Tenkara USA teased a new tenkara book on Facebook yesterday. Knowing nothing more than what this video displays, it appears that there's quite a bit of eye candy to be had. Looking forward to adding this to my fly fishing library.

This has been a project in the making for the last few years and it is now getting closer to reality. Stay tuned to hear more about "Tenkara - the book" by Daniel Galhardo
Posted by Tenkara USA on Monday, January 4, 2016

And speaking of books, don't forget the e-book that the guys from Discover Tenkara have coming out as well. Sign up for their newsletter HERE for more updates, but it looks like we've all got a lot of reading in front of us!

2016 Tenkara Winter Series

Next, the details of the Tenkara Winter Series were announced (and accompanying website updated). Slated for March 12th in Golden, CO, there will be presentations by Bob Younger, Dennis Coppock, Jason Klass, & Robert Worthing, as well as a 2016 new product unveil by Zen Fly Fishing Gear, hosts of the event. If only I lived closer...

Tenkara Times TRY300

Finally, the popular Tenkara Times TRY330 rod has been reimagined for 2016. Per the release:

"The new TRY300 rod is an update to the TRY330 and it retains the best qualities of its predecessor. Much thought and design consideration went into the original TRY330 and that continues with the TRY300. 
The TRY300 is very light, weighing only 56 grams and with a center of gravity of 55cm and rotational moment of 3.08 it feels extremely light in the hand. 
The rod blank is painted matte grey without accents. Since small stream tenkara fishing typically happens at very short distances this muted color is stealthy and spooks fish much less than a bright and glossy rod can. The rod’s light weight allows you to comfortably grip the rod by the butt and is the reason we use a short handle with only the single profile bump. 
The true rod length is 3.06 meters so the new model name of TRY300 now more accurately indicates the rod’s actual length."

The TRY300 is available now at the Tenkara Times website, and will also be available domestically at Three Rivers Tenkara in the not too distant future.


Are you a tenkara angler? Do you have a story, pictures, video, fly recipe, or simply a fishing report from one of your recent tenkara adventures? If so, I'd really enjoy hearing from you for an upcoming Tenkara Tuesday post or Tenkara Angler magazine! Feel free to send an email HERE, I'd love to publish your original contribution.