TenkaraGrasshopper on the South Platte, Colorado

Monday, February 24, 2014

Tenkara and the Search for a Smile Part 1


Mike and Marty Machtan
Photo Courtesy of  Linda Clem

 As anglers, no matter what method we use, be it bait slinging all the way to casting a fly with a Tenkara rod, we all get a smile on our faces when we feel the tug of a fish. We get to experience this feeling every time because we have the use of both hands and both arms.

So what happens when a person who was spending a large part of their free time fishing suffered from a debilitating stroke? And one of the effects of that stroke is that you lose all function on the right side of your body, which happens to be your dominant side? During the recovery that person still has a passion for fly fishing and have a very fishy river literally out the back door.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

A new poll is up and I need some feeback.

TenkaraGrasshopper Logo
Courtesy of TenkaraGrasshopper Media
Hello ladies and gentleman,

I know that I have made requests for your input in the past and need to again ask for the input that you have all given me over the life of this website. I have been keeping track of all of my page views on the site and have been noticing a large amount of traffic to the Tenkara Gear Suppliers page and since I only have logos and links to the companies I know that it may not be a huge amount of help to you all as users to have items that I am actually using or like.

National Organization for Rivers and Vanessa Jones

National Organization for Rivers

In this day and age there are people and organizations that seem to strike a chord with each one of us. And when we truly get a chance to really talk to those people or meet with an organization we find kindred spirits and a passion for the same things. Recently, I was able to sit down and talk to one such person about an amazing organization that really got me excited. I hope that by the end of this post that you will feel the same both about Vanessa Jones and The National Organization for Rivers (NOR).

I was able to sit down and talk to Vanessa about herself and the goals of NOR. It was a very eye opening conversation and I felt it would be a good thing for everyone to be aware of the issues that NOR deals with. Following this post you will find links to NOR that you can use at your convenience to scan at a later date.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Tenkara: From Hobby to Lifestyle

Tenkara Guide Network
Image Courtesy of TenkaraUSA

How does a hobby become a lifestyle? I always wondered about that until recently and I should warn you that Tenkara could and will do the same thing to you if you are careful or not careful if you let Tenkara into your life as well. 

As I have stated in earlier posts here, I started fishing at a very early age and started fly fishing approximately 16 years ago. And then it happened four years ago, I came across TenkaraUSA in a magazine. And, if you ask anyone like my wife you will come to know that Tenkara has taken over my life in more than a few ways.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Bristol Bay: Environmental Oasis or Environmental Armpit


Stop The Pebble Mine

A Conversation Occurring in 2034

My son and I sit in the Tenkara Man Cave chatting one evening as we tie up a bunch of Sakasa Kebari for an upcoming trip on a local river in Colorado. At one point I notice that my son is staring at my sticker board hanging from the ceiling.

Me: What's up buddy?

Son: Dad, what is that Pebble Mine sticker for?

Me: Well, way before you were born there was a mining project that was proposed up in Alaska that would have done a huge amount of damage to the Bristol Bay area.

Son: So what happened to the Pebble Mine? I haven't heard anything about it.