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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Tenkara Summit 2015 Estes Park, Colorado

2015 Tenkara Summit, Estes Park, CO
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There are times when the stars seem to align and all things good seem to fall into place. Such is the case this past weekend in Estes Park, Colorado. 

The annual Tenkara Summit hosted by Tenkara USA occurred over the weekend of  September 19 and 20, 2015 in two of the more majestic locations in Colorado, the YMCA of the Rockies located just outside of Estes Park, Colorado and Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP), the Crown Jewel of the U.S. National Park System ,the most magnificent locale in the great State of Colorado (in my humble opinion, I am a bit biased as I live within driving distance of RMNP.)

The Tenkara Summit brought over 200 guests to the YMCA of the Rockies to hear talks by some of the heavy hitters of the tenkara world in one place. With talks presented by tenkara greats like Mr. Yoshikazu Fujioka and Mr. Go Ishii, who both travelled from Japan to share their deep knowledge and passion for tenkara with those of us who might still be considered "grasshoppers."

The Summit held on Saturday, September 19 was a very full schedule with lots of excitement and camaraderie mixed in. The day started early yet the energy level apparent from the registrants was infectious.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Time Gets Away From Us In The Tenkara World

Time passes us by so quickly when we focus on those things that seem to be the most important to us.

This summer it has been my family that has taken much of my time and concentration. Being a home owner can be a great thing but it can also take a huge amount of time for us get the things done that need to be done.

As we prepare for the newest addition to our family, a baby girl by the way, both Elizabeth and I have been getting rooms repainted and getting the house organized as we try to purge of the stuff we don't need or want in the house.

I feel bad that you have not been maintaining the site over the summer and I am deeply embarrassed for this fact. I am making it my mission over the next months to ramp things up as the new website is in it's final design stages.

I do look forward to seeing many of you at the 2015 Tenkara Summit in Estes Park, CO.

Too all of you who keep returning to this site thank you very much.

Tenkara and Tight Lines


Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Peace and Tenkara

High in the Colorado Rockies
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There is a peace found in nature that cannot be found indoors no matter what we think. People are on the eternal path to find this peace yet many only get glimpses of this their entire lives. Sadly, a vast majority have given up the search for this natural harmony with the world and have gone inside to seek a semblance of peace.

I believe that inner and outer harmony can be achieved through practices such as meditation, yoga, and the martial arts. In the past, even I have used these techniques to attain a personal harmony with the world. In each and every practice I have attained tiny segments of this overall harmony, although I have not been able to bring these pieces together until recently, and it is because of tenkara that I have accomplished this.

 I did not start practicing tenkara as a method of finding this peace yet it did become a tool in my spiritual bag of tricks. Through my practice of tenkara I have found that my search for internal and external peace with the world has finally come together. Because of what might be considered a chance encounter with an individual I met while working my belief in tenkara as a gateway to spiritual bliss was awakened in me.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Tenkara Tip #6

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Do I have to use a tenkara kebari?

In tenkara, there is what is considered the "One Fly" theory. The theory states that an angler needs only one pattern to catch all the fish that they want. This idea came from the times when tenkara was used as a commercial form of fly fishing in Japan. 

Because tenkara was practiced by anglers who lived in mountainous regions of Japan in a time when fly shops did not exist materials to make flies were at a premium and this caused the anglers to tie flies using materials that were accessible to them such as the wife's needle that was heated and bent into a hook, thread that was potentially lifted from the wife's sewing box, and a feather from a chicken off of last nights dinner.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Tenkara Tips #5

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What is the proper line length for a tenkara zoom rod?

There has been a move by a number of manufacturers within the tenkara community to design a style of rod known as the zoom rod. This development has been a very cool opportunity for many anglers to try out two to three different rod lengths in on unit. It has also allowed tenkara anglers to save some money for different river types by buying one rod which will serve a few purposes. On rod in particular that I have and use consistently is the Tenkara USA Sato rod. The Sato is what is known as a Triple Zoom rod, meaning that at it's short length is ten feet eight inches with a mid-length of eleven feet ten inches and maxes out at twelve feet nine inches. Using this rod gives the opporunity to fish small water but also be able to access larger water as well.

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