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Questions and Answers

On November 2, 2014 • Comments (38)
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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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David Letterman got a tenkara rod

On May 18, 2015 • Comments (1)
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David Letterman talks about getting a tenkara rod for his birthday and describes the method in a piece for Rolling Stone Magazine. How cool is that? So, if you’re fishing in Montana this summer and see a tenkara rod being waved around, stop by and see if it is Letterman fishing.
David Letterman on tenkara for Rolling Stone magazine

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Ovis Podcast with Tom Rosenbauer

On May 12, 2015 • Comments (0)
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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

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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.

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The Keeper now available!

On May 7, 2015 • Comments (3)
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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.

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We are expanding: New Tenkara Dealers near you

On April 16, 2015 • Comments (0)
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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.

Click here to find a dealer near you. 

Tenkara USA dealer networkHave a favorite shop that doesn’t currently carry Tenkara USA? Let us know, email us at info@tenkarausa.com and we’ll reach out to them.

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Tenkara Magazine: digital version now available

On April 14, 2015 • Comments (0)
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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. 
Tenkara magazine online version
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.

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Coming Soon: Tenkara USA Line & Fly Keeper

On April 13, 2015 • Comments (22)
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[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.

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Fishing inspiration images

On March 19, 2015 • Comments (1)
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Sorry I have been very absent from posting recently. Right now I’m in the middle of a very large writing project that is consuming a lot of my time and just about all of my brain power. The business is keeping me very busy when not writing. And, when I can, I have been fishing to support the large writing project and future blog posts. But, those are just excuses! I thought you’d enjoy a few images we captured recently. Some tenkara inspiration in case you can’t go fishing right now. I have been active on our Instagram page, so please follow that if you don’t yet. More blog posts to come in the future, I promise.

Brown trout tail releaseA large brown trout is released in healthy condition. Image by Doug Heggart.
Fishing double tenkara hookupA double tenkara hookup in Wyoming.
Rainbow trout releaseA rainbow kisses the water
Paulo Coelho quote on simplicity and tenkara“Elegance is achieved when, having discarded all superfluous things, we discover simplicity and concentration. The simpler the pose, the better; the more sober, the more beautiful.” Paulo Coelho.
Long exposure fishing shotLong exposure to fishing is good for the soul
Rainbow catch and releasea rainbow tail
Fishing with araucaria trees in Argentinafishing among araucaria trees in Argentina
Large brown caught on tenkara in Wyominga great fighter caught on the North Platte in Wyoming

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Aspirations: Tenkara Patagonia Week update

On March 6, 2015 • Comments (1)
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My passion for fly-fishing started well before I ever touched a fly rod, or tied my first fly. I could say it started when I saw images of people using flies to catch trout with the most beautiful scenery behind them. I had aspirations to do that one day, but most importantly, I aspired to be there.

The images were taken in Patagonia, Argentina. Fishing in Patagonia has been a dream of mine ever since. This area inspired me to fish with a fly and pursue trout. And now I’m here.

A few months ago the folks at Nervous Waters invited me to host a Tenkara Patagonia Week trip in their lodge on the Chimehuin River. While I had held tenkara clinics throughout the USA and other countries, I had never done a trip quite like this before. I am not a guide after all, and after so many years mostly traveling and fishing on my own, I feared the prospect of signing up to be with people I don’t know well for a whole week. But, I remembered I had always wanted to fish here, and I also do love to teach people about tenkara; so I agreed to do one. I was honored to have a couple of customers sign up as soon as the trip was announced. And, now my fears were put to rest, as the couple who joined me is absolutely delightful and I know I have a fun week ahead of me.
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Yesterday afternoon we arrived at the Chime lodge. Perhaps it was the little sleep I got on my travel here, but it has felt surreal to arrive in such an idyllic place. The lodge is luxurious, but a the same time very inviting and with a super friendly and welcoming staff. The river’s waters are crystalline and just steps from the front door. And, today I confirmed there are some beautiful trout here, just as those images I saw close to 20 years ago had promised (yikes…what too me so long? And, yes, I felt old when I finished typing that sentence).

Aspirations. I think I have taken for granted the power of aspirations in the past. In the past I may have even complained about too many magazine articles being about places so far from home. Yet, here I am, fly-fishing, only because one day I saw pictures from a far-away place.
Brown trout on tenkara on the Chimehuin Patagonia Argentina
Today I thought I’d quickly share a couple of images and that thought about aspirations. Hopefully in the next day or two I’ll talk a bit more about the fishing here, such as the fact that yes, the one/any fly approach works perfectly in Patagonia too. The fish in this post was caught using the Amano kebari.

Fly-fishing doesn’t have to take place far and away, in fact I absolutely love fishing very close to home and am missing home a bit right now. However, know that if you take up fly-fishing, it will take you to the most beautiful places imaginable.

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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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