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Questions and Answers

On November 2, 2014 • Comments (29)
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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 info@tenkarausa.com

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Coming Soon: Tenkara USA Line & Fly Keeper

On March 3, 2015 • Comments (4)
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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.

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Tenkara Fly-Tying Video Series: Learn how to tie the Kurobe Kebari with Joe Egry

On February 12, 2015 • Comments (2)
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This week Joe Egry shows us how to tie the tenkara fly from the Kurobe region of Japan. Unlike most other flies in the Tenkara Fly Tying Video Series, the Kurobe kebari doesn’t feature the typical reverse hackle. Enjoy it.

This video is part of our Tenkara Fly Tying Video Series, with a new video coming out every week to show you how to tie a tenkara fly.

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Radio Interview

On February 12, 2015 • Comments (0)
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Just finished a fun radio interview with John Kovach for his show the “Yankee Fisherman”. You can listen to it here. It was a great conversation and I really enjoyed doing this program.

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Tenkara not a fad, declares Kreh

On February 4, 2015 • Comments (6)
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Three years ago, on January 22nd, 2012, I rode an elevator with the legendary fly angler Mr. Lefty Kreh. In the 30-second elevator ride I was able to ask Mr. Kreh what he thought of tenkara, and his response was, in short, “I think tenkara is a fad and it won’t last long.“. I wrote about this experience. Within hours the post went viral, with nearly every fly-fishing blog reposting it in the following days and, by my estimates, well over 700 comments being written in response.
Fast-forward to January 24th, 2015 and we officially have a change in the status of tenkara in the fly-fishing world. On that Saturday morning we were getting ready for the Fly Fishing Show in Somerset, when Mr. Lefty Kreh appeared in our booth looking for me. Oh, oh…was I about to get an earful for publicly writing about our conversation? Not at all. Mr. Kreh said he wanted to talk to me about our conversation three years earlier, to “clear the waters” as he put it, about his comment on tenkara being a fad.

Lefty Kreh and Daniel Galhardo talk about tenkara

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I confess, I had wanted to talk to him in the years since but never felt very comfortable approaching him. I never felt there was any animosity between us, but he is Lefty Kreh, a celebrity usually surrounded by many people. I was delighted to see him coming over. He sat down and we chatted for a good 20 minutes. Those around me will tell you I had a smile from ear to ear, Lefty, after all, is an angler I have looked up to since I started my career in fly-fishing, and I rejoiced at the chance of chatting with him for longer than 30 seconds. Two of my favorite things about having created a business in the fly-fishing industry are that I can talk to like-minded people all the time, and that it has put me in touch with those I had looked up to since I first learned I could imitate bugs with hooks and feathers.
Lefty told me that in the several decades he’s been fly-fishing he’s seen many things coming and going, so tenkara could have been one of those. But, he has had a change of heart and has been looking into tenkara a lot and “no longer think[s] tenkara is a fad”. In fact, he said, tenkara has “many great applications, particularly for the trout angler and for teaching people how to fly-fish.”
I was particularly delighted when he told me we have a great website and that he’s been spending a lot of time looking into tenkara right here. He knew a lot about tenkara, and could tell me about the knots and the flies, and more. And, yes, Lefty has fished with tenkara and has been experimenting with it too.
By far my favorite part was when he told me:

“make sure to keep it [tenkara] simple; you are doing a great job, just continue to keep it simple.”

Lefty Kreh and Daniel Galhardo talk about tenkara

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If you know… a fun infographic

On January 30, 2015 • Comments (4)
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Here is a fun infographic created by Jeremy Shellhorn comparing tenkara and western fly-fishing. If you know a few things, you can leave a lot of other things behind.

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Tenkara Fly-Tying Video Series with Aaron Tye

On January 27, 2015 • Comments (0)
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Today Aaron Tye will show you how he ties a tenkara fly.

This video is part of the Tenkara Fly-Tying Video Series, with a new video released every week. Click here to watch all videos in the series.

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Tenkara Fly Tying Video Series: Dr. Ishigaki and Daniel Galhardo

On January 20, 2015 • Comments (3)
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In today’s Tenkara Fly-Tying Video Series, we bring to you a quick video of Dr. Ishigaki and I sitting down to tie a couple of flies together and to talk a little bit about our approach to fly-tying.

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Women love tenkara

On January 14, 2015 • Comments (1)
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It is no secret that women love tenkara. Over the weekend the Fly Fishing Show had its first Women’s Fly-Fishing Showcase in Denver. It featured a presentation on tenkara given by Sasha Barajas and Allie Marriott, and we got a chance to speak to Judy Cole, a tenkara angler from Leadville, Colorado.

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Tenkara Fly Tying Video: the Royal Conrad

On January 13, 2015 • Comments (0)
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In 3 minutes tenkara guide, and McGuckin’s tenkara guru, Steve Conrad will show you how to tie a very effective tenkara fly, the Royal Conrad.
If you want to meet Steve, he will be at ISE in Denver this Friday.

This video is part of our Tenkara Fly Tying Video Series, with a new video coming out every week to show you how to tie a tenkara fly.

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Tenkara Fly-Tying Video with Malcolm Daly

On January 6, 2015 • Comments (0)
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In this week’s Tenkara Fly Tying Video we bring you renowned rock climber, and tenkara aficionado, Malcolm Daly. The lesson here, watch out for that super glue!

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