You are probably rightly thinking I have been neglecting the blog for sometime. But, I hope you’re not thinking anything along the lines of, “tenkara is simple, he must have run out of things to say.” That’s not the case at all. You see, the difficult thing about creating content is usually that there is so much to say and so many places I want to feature what I write. And, there are only so many times in the day I can do so. Plus, there are some exciting projects coming along that you will see soon. I’ll keep my mouth shut about those until they are launched though.
For now, I wanted to share some writing I have been doing for my friend Louis Cahill at Gink & Gasoline. Louis has been a big supporter of Tenkara USA, asked me to contribute some writing so I couldn’t say no. Now, the good thing about Louis is that he’s really good at following up with me and making sure I deliver him some content. It’s like having a boss; I’m finding out that when left to my own devices I sometimes choose to go fishing rather than writing. Since June of last year I have written several pieces on tenkara for Gink & Gasoline. Actually, just today he published another article I wrote for him, one that I believe you would like to read too, which is about sinking flies without using weight.
Another article you may want to read that I wrote for G&G recently is Invisible Waters. Ah, and I should mention that Tim Harris, a customer of ours and devout tenkara angler, has written a couple of pieces too.
I expect to get back in the groove of writing on our own blog pretty soon, but for now enjoy the work that has only been possible due to the whipping provided by my good friend Louis.
Here’s a very nice video created by Clay Hayes for Backcountry Hunters and Anglers. Clay goes out tenkara fishing and foraging in Idaho.
Hans Florine is best known for his rock climbing career, which includes setting the record for the fastest ascent of El Capitan (climbing 3,000ft of vertical rock in 2 hours and 23 minutes…in a place most people take 3 days to climb).
Last year I got to meet Hans, someone who’s greatly inspired my own interest in rock climbing. He was interested in teaching his young son how to fly-fish and realized tenkara would be a great tool for that. A couple of weeks ago he came to Boulder and we connected for a morning of fishing followed by an afternoon of rock climbing. Here’s a short video I made of him talking about where tenkara fits in with his climbing lifestyle.
I’m testing out a new platform to continue “sharing the tenkara story”. A friend of mind recently turned me on to Storehouse. Here’s a short photo story with Mr. Yuzo Sebata. What do you think?
Direct link to Tenkara story on Storehouse
A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of visiting the Orvis headquarters in Vermont. It’s always fun spending time with those guys and in that area. We got out and fished a couple of times, including floating the Battenkill river with Shawn Combs at the helm of his drift boat, and me swinging a big streamer on tenkara flies! Yes, you heard that right!!! With fish seemingly sleeping and little activity I put on a big bright gigantic streamer at the end of my line to see what would happen. The next day I sat down with Tom Rosenbauer to chat about tenkara and that experience.
You can listen to our conversation at the Orvis podcast here. The tenkara portion starts at 27:45
Orvis is now selling a tenkara kit with the Sato rod.
This was the second Orvis podcast on tenkara, you can listen to the first Orvis podcast on tenkara that Tom and I did here.
Wohoo! The Keeper is finally here!
The Keeper™ is a tenkaraline holder solution designed to hold two tenkara lines, or tenkara line and tippet. It also features a small integrated fly box. That way a minimalist tenkara angler can grab his favorite tenkara rod, and a loaded Keeper and go fishing.
Learn more about The Keeper.
Thank you all very much for your patience as we faced a delay overcame some challenges in the initial run.
It is time to put tenkara rods in the hands of more people, and to allow you to stop by your favorite shop and get the lines and flies you need as well as the full lineup of tenkara rods. We are expanding quickly into more stores and welcome several new tenkara dealers that just received their first shipment of Tenkara USA gear.
Tenkara USA products can now be found in over 80 stores around the country. This number will continue to grow and will include many outdoor sporting goods stores that so far do not carry any fly-fishing equipment.
It’s been overdue for sometime, we know. But, I’m happy to announce we finally built up the functionality on our website for you to download the digital version of the Tenkara Magazine.
You can order the 2014 and the 2015 versions online. The 2015 is available in two electronic formats, one is the original layout of the magazine, the other is a narrow layout optimized for reading on a phone or tablet. Either costs $4.00 (print version is $9.00). The 2014 magazine is only available in one electronic format, the original layout, and costs $2.50.
[UPDATE: Estimated availability now is April 15th. Pieces are on their way to our packaging facility and will be in stock soon!]
Since the beginning of tenkara, anglers have pondered how to best manage and store their line. There have been multiple solutions devised since then, and we thought we’d bring our insights into creating something we think will be useful to those taking up tenkara and even for the western fly anglers looking for a good way to store a couple of leaders and some flies.
Coming soon: “The Keeper” (April, 2015)
The Tenkara USA Line Keeper is line holder solution that also incorporates an integrated fly box. The Keeper is designed to hold two tenkara lines, or tenkara line and tippet. That way a minimalist tenkara angler can have the tenkara line, tippet and flies in a compact solution.
This tenkara line keeper features two patent-pending solutions. The first one is a completely unique line-catching mechanism. As you wind the line it gets automatically caught between two walls so that the line never “explodes” out of the spool, and you can stop winding it at any point rather than looking for a notch to stop.
Another one is a small compartment to hold between 6 and a dozen flies. It’s not designed as a fly box replacement, but for a quick outing, or just in case you lose flies, these will always be there with you.
And, perhaps the best part, The Keeper is always smiling
Stay tuned for updates on its availability. Coming in early April 2015. Estimated price $12.