My neighbor and tenkara guide Allen Seagraves just came over to show me a fish he had just caught out of Boulder Creek. I figure this should definitely get you pumped for the Tenkara Summit happening this weekend. Allen is one of the tenkara guides in the Tenkara Guide Network, and if you’re wondering, he’s still available on Friday. He was using the Sato, which has been sold out for over a month but is coming back into our stock this week, as well as a tenkara fly.
While on Saturday the event mostly consists of presentations and demos, Sunday is a free and not organized fishing day. We will be encouraging everyone present to fish up and down Boulder Canyon, and throughout the day a group of experienced tenkara anglers will join you in different parts of the creek to help with any questions you may have. This will be a great weekend.
Fall has arrived in Boulder, Colorado. At least that’s what the leaves are telling us. There is splendid color change, a vivid explosion of bright yellow among green forests happening all around Boulder. The weather is terrific right now. Those of you coming for the Tenkara Summit are in for a treat. See you all soon.
Hard to believe, but the Tenkara Summit is just one week away! We are expecting over 160 people to attend. If you haven’t registered yet, please do so here. We will also take on walk-ins but would appreciate pre-registration to ensure we have enough food for everyone. This year we are bringing Dr. Hisao Ishigaki as the keynote speaker and to provide casting and fly-tying clinics along with a range of tenkara enthusiasts who will be available to teach anyone the art of tenkara.
While this is not a commercial event, we are bringing a few vendors with products that the tenkara community will appreciate having access too. In addition to a full booth hosted by Tenkara USA with Tenkara Summit shirts, some very cool beer pints and a few other goodies, here’s a list of the vendors you can expect to see at the Tenkara Summit this year.
TENKARA SUMMIT VENDORS:
Colorado Mountain School will be offering a chance for people to sign up for a climbing clinic to be held the day after the main event, because we all know the best trout are always the hardest ones to reach. On Sunday those interested will join them to learn how to climb and rappel. Take up TENKARA+ Climbing at this year’s Tenkara Summit.
Native Sunglasses makes some of our favorite sunglasses. If there is one items that we find essential besides just a rod, line & fly it is polarized sunglasses. Theirs are super lightweight, flexible and feature great lenses. If you don’t have polarized sunglasses, get them from them at the Summit.
Neptune Mountaineering is an institution in Boulder. They have been around since 1973 offering the best in climbing, backpacking and camping equipment. Since many in the tenkara community also enjoy backpacking adventures we invited them to bring some sweet tents, sleeping bags and other goodies you need for TENKARA+ Adventure!
Richard Kolodny makes authentic bamboo tenkara rod cases, and will make the unique items available at the Tenkara Summit.
Rocky Mountain Anglers is one of the premiere fly shops in Colorado and a few blocks away from the Tenkara Summit location. They will be selling Tenkara USA gear as well as making available waders and wading boots
Trout Unlimited is one of the main organizations in the country devoted to protecting and restoring trout habitat. We’ll have two local chapters attending the Tenkara Summit to provide more information on how you can become involved.
Upslope brewing company makes their beer with “snowmelt”, and their beer tastes great, but the coolest thing is how the people that work there are also super into fishing and they also donate a portion of their revenues to Trout Unlimited. Our favorite beer will be available to you at the Summit.
Vedavoo creates and builds packs in America. With innovative designs and high adoption by tenkara anglers throughout the country Vedavoo has been building a name with the tenkara community for great quality durable packs.
Zimmerbuilt creates lightweight packs specifically designed for tenkara anglers looking for innovative features and great designs.
I have never considered fishing to be a sport, at least not the way the word is used by most people. Perhaps the best way to put it, in my opinion, is how I once heard a comedian say it, “fishing is the only sport where the opponent doesn’t know he’s playing” (I believe this was said by Brian Regan, but can’t find the joke right now). But, at the same time I’m not sure there is another word that really encompasses what fishing is. It’s a leisure activity, it’s a hobby, it’s a way to experience and commune with nature, and yes, it can certainly feel like an outright sport sometimes. Even if the way I fish often involves climbing gnarly boulders or hiking for hours, I continue to hesitate on using the word “sport” to describe fishing. However, today I realized that an angler and an athlete have a lot more in common than I had thought. More specifically, I realized how the three pillars of an athlete’s life: sleep, diet and training, also affect an angler’s performance. Continue reading
There is a 15-hour difference between Colorado and Japan. They are one day ahead of us. While right now it is 10pm in Colorado, it is already 1pm the next day in Japan. Due to the time different and having just returned from the trip, right now I feel absolutely miserable.
I wonder how much of that “misery” is due to the time difference and how much it is due to many 15-hour long days in Japan. When I arrive in Japan I always feel fresh and ready to go. My main strategy to cope with jetlag is to focus on my breathing and meditating during the flight. It works well on the way there, but on the way back I am never able to do it; there are too many things going on in my head, too many ideas. And the 15-hour travel time between the last place I visited, Yamagata, and our home in Boulder was certainly not easy on my body this time.
You may have noticed I haven’t shared as much “live” content in our blog. I typically shoot images and videos and then work on content as I travel between different cities. I do well most years, just look at our “Japan” posts here. But, this time, in between places I was utterly exhausted from many early starts, long days and late evening beer, sake and yakitori outings. This trip was much more introspective and reflective than usual. That is not to say I don’t have a lot to share still, there are some highlights that are spinning in my head. For now I’ll share a brief journal of the trip as a whole:
As most of you are waking up, I’m now preparing to sleep. Tonight I will have a new sleep experience. After many nights sleeping in the countryside, to the sound of streams and crickets, tonight, for my first time, I will experience sleeping in a capsule hotel at the Tokyo Narita airport. Tomorrow morning I’m headed to China for a few days to meet with our factories. I feel more like I’m in a Sci-fi movie set. Luckily I’m not claustrophobic, and this doesn’t feel any smaller than the tents I use while camping. Only thing I wish for right now is the sound of crickets, a gushing stream nearby, the smell of a campfire and a sleeping bag. We will see how this goes. Good night…er…morning.
Was out filming with a TV crew this morning. We had a 6am start, yikes (contrary to popular belief, not all fishermen like starting that early). Caught plenty of fish today, but couldn’t take picture since we were in the middle of filming again. But as I brought this fish in I couldn’t resist but to pull out my cell phone. The film crew wasn’t particularly appreciative of me stopping to take photos, but I believe you will understand why I had to do it. This is an amago, a Japanese trout, one of the prettiest I have caught I’d say.
I’m currently on my 6th annual pilgrimage to Japan. My schedule this time is way busier than I have ever had it when visiting. There are many people I wish I could see but won’t be able to this time. Right now we are in the middle of filming for a Japanese TV show. It has been very difficult as the area we are visiting now, Kaida Kogen, is experiencing a lot of rain. We had to wait it out for most of the day today. Finally the weather have us a break and as the film crew got ready I caught a couple of fish that I was able to photograph. To my luck they were Iwana but of two different kinds: Yamato Iwana and Nikko Iwana. Wanna guess which one is which? I will post the answer here in a day.
Top one with whitish spots is the Nikko Iwana, bottom is Yamato Iwana, though David’s comments and links are definitely worth a read!
Hey everyone! We’re working on the 2nd volume of the Tenkara Magazine, which will come out in December. We would like to invite you to submit your stories and photographs for consideration.
WHAT we are looking for: The Tenkara Magazine is a tenkara lifestyle publication designed to inspire people to get outside, to show that fly-fishing can be simple, and to embrace the lifestyle that goes with a life of simple yet rich experiences. While there is a large variety of stories that will be in this issue, the theme this time is TENKARA+, the idea that tenkara can go well with anything (think backpacking, foraging, cooking, kayaking…..). We’re particularly interested in your TENKARA+ stories but will consider other topics you feel could be a good fit. Read some sample articles from the last magazine here.
HOW to submit: write to email@example.com with your draft or images.
NOTE: Please understand that this is primarily a physical, printed publication, and thus we have space constraints. We will likely NOT be able to accept all submissions this time. We will compensate for articles and images we can use
DEADLINE for submissions: September 10
We look forward to receiving your pieces for consideration for the second Tenkara Magazine.