TenkaraGrasshopper on the South Platte, Colorado

Friday, November 20, 2015

A Change of Seasons for TenkaraGrasshopper

Dragonfly Birth Summer 2013
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There is a shift in the weather that takes place a couple of times a year that gets me excited about the prospects of a new season top come.

Anglers always have a great time when the weather warms up and short sleeve season starts, or even better, when the water temperature and the air temperature are nice enough that we can wet wade. Spring and summer bring an awakening of the world outside the door, as animals come out of hibernation and bugs start hatching in ever increasing numbers on the rivers and still waters that anglers haunt. 

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

An Editorial Commentary on Fly Fishing

Humans have many requirements that are necessary to have a happy, successful life. Yes we need food, water, and clean air to survive. We also need positive emotional support to give us a positive outlook on life. And then there are the things that let us get away from the daily stresses of life like work and bills. You will find individuals who use meditation or yoga to relax while others will use active sports such as running or cycling to download and leave their stresses behind.

For me, fly fishing, and in particular, tenkara has become an active form of meditation that allows me to put aside life for a brief time. From conversations I have had with other tenkara anglers I have heard much the same sentiment. Yet, I have been aware of a deeply disturbing trend within the fly fishing community which makes me sometimes wish I could forget what I have seen or heard.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Tenkara Tip #7 Rigging Techniques and Tricks

Tenkara USA Sato Rod Set Up and Ready To Go
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Fly fishing guides the world over are constantly experimenting with new rigging techniques to maximize their client's time on the water. As a tenkara guide, my goal with each and every client is to keep their fly in the water as much as possible, which dramatically increases their potential catch rate they can enjoy. Typically, the more complicated the rigging the longer it takes any angler to wet a fly.

By sharing a few of the traditional rigging techniques as well as a selection of my most productive techniques that I have learned while on the water with my clients, I hope that you will find a technique that will maximize your fishing time. Some of the techniques that I will show you may be stepping away from the historical practices of tenkara and are not meant to supersede tradition but augment tradition.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Tenkara-holics Anonynmous

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Life brings challenges to each and every person in this day and age. Some challenges are far more irksome than others, causing those facing such obstacles to contend with them in definite ways. There are the good ways and the bad ways to cope with such issues. Addictions are considered by many to be negative ways of coping and in ninety percent of situations I agree with this sentiment.

In my humble opinion, drugs and alcohol are poor coping techniques, not just because they do so much damage to the individual consuming said chemicals, but also to those who surround them, be that friends or family. (In no way am I passing judgement on anyone in this post so please follow me a little further. By the way, I love a good scotch or beer, alone or with friends.)

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Tenkara Epiphanies: A Guest Post

The following was an email that I recieved from Jack Bombardier of Confluence Casting. I found this very interesting and asked if he would be willing to do this as a guest post. Luckily, for all of you, he said yes! Enjoy to your hearts content.                                                       

Tenkara Epiphanies

For the last few years, I’ve been using a “new” method of fishing called tenkara.  The reason for the quotation marks around the word new is that tenkara has been around for hundreds of years, but only recently has the idea been imported to the US.  Tenkara is basically what your parents or grandparents might have called cane pole fishing, in that it involves using a very long rod with no reel, with the line, leader and fly attached to the end of the rod. A tenkara rod uses the same basic idea but uses modern technology, making the rod telescopic for easy transport and light enough to use all day without developing shoulders like Serena Williams.