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On November 2, 2014 • Comments (45)

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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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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Tenkara Cast – a podcast on tenkara with me…

On August 13, 2015 • Comments (3)

Tenkara Cast listening in car
Hey everyone,
Today we are launching a new way for you to consume information about tenkara, the Tenkara Cast. A podcast is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. But, before I embarked on the creation of it I wanted to make sure I had enough content and a solid vision to keep episodes rolling. I start the podcast series with the release of 3 episodes at once. And, several other episodes are already in production.

It is a great way to listen to your favorite topic while driving to your favorite fishing destination, walking around the block with your dog, or, perhaps even while fishing. In the Tenkara Cast, I will be exploring the techniques, equipment, philosophy, destinations and much more.
Subscribe in iTunes and please leave us a review!

Subscribe in other programs; or download the SoundCloud app and look for tenkara. Here’s our Soundcloud page.

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Gink & Gasoline & Tenkara

On August 4, 2015 • Comments (5)

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 and asked me to contribute some writing. 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.


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Riverside Cooking with Clay Hayes of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers

On July 10, 2015 • Comments (1)

Here’s a very nice video created by Clay Hayes for Backcountry Hunters and Anglers. Clay goes out tenkara fishing and foraging in Idaho.

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Tenkara with Hans Florine

On July 7, 2015 • Comments (0)

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.

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Tenkara with Mr. Yuzo Sebata, story via Storehouse

On June 11, 2015 • Comments (5)

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
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David Letterman got a tenkara rod

On May 18, 2015 • Comments (1)

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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