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On November 2, 2014 • Comments (53)

Tenkara FAQ questions and answerPlease ask any questions you may have about tenkara. It doesn’t matter if it’s been answered before, if you’re not easily finding it, I’ll be happy to answer it here. Ask away!
Of course, feel free to continue calling us at 888.483.6527 or emailing us at

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Tenkara Cast – travel and tenkara in Italy

On October 1, 2015 • Comments (0)

Ever wanted to visit the land of pasta, wine and espresso? And, of course, fish a little when you’re there?
We recorded a good episode of the Tenkara Cast with Vito Rubino on travel and tenkara in Italy. Listen to it now, or via iTunes (just look up tenkara in the iTunes app).

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Tenkara Summit 2015 – the 5th annual

On September 21, 2015 • Comments (2)

Our 5th annual Tenkara Summit took place this weekend in Estes Park and by all accounts I’d say it was a big hit. We had approximately 180 participants this year, with nearly 1/3 of that being people who travelled from out of state to attend. We also counted on the presence of two guests from Japan who came to share their experience with tenkara. Mr. Yoshikazu Fujioka came to share his vast knowledge of tenkara flies and Mr. Go Ishii spoke about his experiences fishing in Japan and did a demonstration on casting and approach techniques.
There is a lot to be said about this event. Every year, because of the huge amount of work involved (and the big expense) I think it will be the last time I want to do it. But every year I’m so grateful for the opportunity to meet so many people passionate about tenkara when the Summit time comes. And, I’m so grateful to all the amazing volunteers and support staff who made this an incredible community event. Their help always allows me to contemplate holding more Tenkara Summits. So I’m sure 2016 will see one too.
A huge hank you all those who attended and those who couldn’t be there in person but were with us in spirit, you made it the incredible event it turned out to be. A toast to another incredible tenkara experience. Below are some pictures of the Summit as well as the slide presentation given by Mr. Fujioka, which I promised I’d post on the site today.
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More Tenkara Summit 2015 photos

Fujioka’s presentation

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Tenkara Cast: A conversation with Go Ishii

On September 17, 2015 • Comments (1)

Enjoy my conversation with Go Ishii on this week’s episode of the Tenkara Cast.

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Tenkara Cast: Simple flies

On September 14, 2015 • Comments (1)

Listen to our newest episode of the Tenkara Cast, a very fun conversation with Morgan Lyle, author of the book Simple Flies. I really enjoyed this conversation where we talk about his book project, as well as the philosophies of simple flies and simple fly-fishing.

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Storehouse story: Tenkara with Dr. Hisao Ishigaki

On September 8, 2015 • Comments (0)

A couple of months ago a friend turned me on to the app Storehouse. I immediately started playing with it as a story-telling medium and loved the format. The first story I created with images and videos I have captured was “Tenkara with Yuzo Sebata“. I intend to create a series of stories of fishing and learning from different tenkara teachers. Here’s my story of “Tenkara with Hisao Ishigaki”. Hope you enjoy it.

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Tenkara Cast: 2 new episodes

On September 3, 2015 • Comments (0)

Listen to our two newest episodes of the Tenkara Cast:

1) Traveling and tenkara fishing in Japan

Thinking of traveling to Japan and interested in fishing while you’re there? You may want to listen to this episode

2) Short Cast: my gear

Listen to learn about Daniel’s favorite gear (besides his Tenkara USA rod, line and flies!)

The Tenkara Cast is also available for subscription in iTunes and via other programs here.
Please leave us a review if you like what we are creating.

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New rod cases available

On August 31, 2015 • Comments (0)

A little while ago we updated our tenkara rod cases. If you are interested in getting one of the new Tenkara USA rod cases to upgrade your existing one, these are now available here. They will be sold at a discounted price of $15 for the next two weeks to give you a chance to get them for an upgrade. These cases all share the same cap thread, but the rod name is printed on the cap. The rod cases also come with a stretchy woven rod sock.
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Ishigaki week: day 2

On August 25, 2015 • Comments (0)


Phew! Long day. Dr. Ishigaki and I had an early start. We first headed to the new office and worked on video interviews and recordings for the podcast for almost 3 hours!

I know he couldn’t wait to get out. So, in the afternoon we went fishing. First we took 3 of the Tenkara Fly Girls out fishing, and then went further up the creek with another friend. He really enjoyed his day in Boulder today, and definitely the great company we had.

It’s almost midnight and we have a 5am start tomorrow! We’ll be going after some big fish and good photography.  Wish us luck!

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Ishigaki week

On August 24, 2015 • Comments (0)

Dr ishigaki losing a fish
My teacher Dr. Hisao Ishigaki, whom most of you have read about by now, has just arrived in Boulder. While he couldn’t make it to this year’s Tenkara Summit, he put aside a week to come visit us again and share more of his passion for tenkara internationally.

Dr. Ishigaki arrived today at around 1pm. I drove him to my home, which is an hour away from the airport. We had some lunch. Then I expected Dr. Ishigaki, who is 67 years old, to want to take it very easy today. But, he is a devout fisherman and as I should have known, couldn’t wait to get on the water. At 3:30pm Dr. Ishigaki said he wanted to go fishing later; he needed an hour to take a short nap and then would be ready to go at 4:30pm. That’s the kind of energy I really want to have!

At 4:30pm we readied ourselves and drove to Eldorado Canyon State Park. Though it was not a fish-in-every-pool kinda day, the fishing was still terrific. He was mesmerized by the high cliffs that surrounded us. And, we lost ourselves in time in that canyon. We did what I consider to be my long run when I visit “Eldo” and covered some good ground. We left as it started getting dark and we felt we had reached what seemed to be a logical place to conclude our evening of fishing.
I captured some beautiful images today, and am excited to share them all at some point. But, I think what I want to do for now is share one fun image of Dr. Ishigaki per day this week. Here he is with one of the fish that didn’t want to pose for a picture.

Do you have any questions you’d like to ask Dr. Ishigaki? I’ll be compiling questions submitted here, on our Facebook page, and via Instagram (#tenkara #questiontime or #ishigakiweek) and will go over them with him. We’ll post those either in writing, as a  video or in our new podcast.

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Tenkara Cast: 2 new episodes

On August 20, 2015 • Comments (2)

Today I released two new episodes of the Tenkara Cast.
The main episode for today is an interview with Nick “Takénobu” Ogawa. His music has been a major part of Tenkara USA’s videos. It is as if many of the songs had been composed while in the mountains, and they are made with tenkara in mind. The story of how I discovered Takénobu’s music may sound too serendipitous to be true. But only fate could dictate that one day I would be writing about tenkara just to have a song named “Fishin’ ” appear on the radio, and upon closer inspection he would discover the musician actually had ties to Japan.Listen to this conversation between Daniel Galhardo and Nick Takénobu Ogawa to learn more about Nick’s music and for some delightful notes.

The other episode is what I will call a “Short Cast”. It is a thought concept I’ve had for many years regarding accumulating of karma and then neutralizing it. Listen about the idea of “Karma Neutralizer”.

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