Today, April 12, 2010, marks our one year anniversary. Since April 12, 2009 Tenkara USA has introduced many experienced anglers to the simplicity of tenkara fly-fishing, the tenkara experience; and during this year we have also opened the doors to many people who have always thought of trying fly-fishing but until their discovery of tenkara had been largely turned off by the complexities thrown at them by the industry.
We sincerely thank all of you, tenkara ambassadors, out there who have helped us spread the word about tenkara in this year! We realize that without your newfound passion for this method of fly-fishing we would not be here today.
At our one-year mark, we’re proud to have two new developments in the introduction of tenkara to anglers in the US and the world.
Last week we started rolling out our authorized dealer program. We are working through the list of shops that contacted us and shops that were recommended to us to make tenkara slowly available at select fly shops through the country. Please see our “Dealer” page for up-to-date information on where you can find tenkara gear. The first stores to carry our products include: Campsaver/ Wildfly in Utah; the Bear’s Den in Massachussets, Mossy Creek Fly Fishing . We also have a few more stores just waiting for the gear that will have it in hand in time for the season.
Today we are proud to roll out Tenkara International. This will make it easier to sell our products in Canada, UK and most of Europe. With new warehouses setup in Vancouver and the UK, Tenkara USA (Tenkara International) is now able to ship within Canada and Europe. This will allow for much quicker delivery, lower cost (shipping for most orders is now only $14.50) and no hassles with customs and duties, which is the biggest reason for this move. Also, it will allow for warranty claims to handle more easily by shipping necessary spare parts. At this point items are available on a limited basis as we expand further in those areas. Rods, lines, flies and caps are the only items available for international-local shipping (t-shirts, dvd’s, and the leather wallets are not currently available).