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Choosing a tenkara rod, tenkara line, and tenkara flies

On October 17, 2016 • Comments (1)

By Daniel Galhardo


This blog entry is a transcription from the Tenkara Cast podcast episode “Choosing a tenkara rod, tenkara line, and tenkara flies.” We have had many requests to have the podcasts transcribed and are happy to present the first one here. The podcast episode may be found here

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New podcast episode: My Outdoor Obsessions – tenkara and climbing

On September 6, 2016 • Comments (0)

You can subscribe to our podcast via iTunes or Soundcloud
Our podcast archive is also available here

In this latest episode Daniel, who has been described as a “rock-climber disguised as a fly angler”, but sometimes as a fly angler disguised as a rock-climber, discusses how he found his two big passions in life, rock-climbing and tenkara fly-fishing, as well as how they fit together and have inspired him to start Tenkara USA. Without knowing where the episode was going to go, Daniel concludes that one shouldn’t dismiss an activity after a quick glance as you may get hooked when you actually try it. And, that some activities are great complements to each other and bring us balance.

Referenced in this episode:
Daniel brings up the newly published book by one of his climbing heroes, Hans Florine:
Giveaway campaign: (the Tenkara USA giveaway will be on the week of September 19th).
The Fly Fish Journal with Daniel’s current story on combining climbing and tenkara fly-fishing:

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New episode of the Tenkara Cast: a conversation with Graham Moran

On June 1, 2016 • Comments (0)

Today I sat down with long time tenkara angler and Tenkara USA supporter Graham Moran (aka Tenkara Grasshopper). Graham is an outdoor enthusiast who took on tenkara with a tremendous amount of enthusiasm, to the point where he now even guides with a tenkara rod. We chatted about…you guessed it, tenkara, as well as about Graham’s tenkara blogging, his experience guiding with tenkara, and learned some of his tips for tenkara fishing. For the items referenced in this episode, please visit the podcast page here.
Listen to the episode with the player below, or listen via iTunes

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Podcast interview with John Gierach

On November 10, 2015 • Comments (6)

I’m so excited about this new episode of the Tenkara Cast that I’m releasing it ahead of schedule. I try to release new episodes on Wednesdays but couldn’t contain myself here. This is an interview I did with John Gierach last year. At the time the interview was destined to be put together as a short video and I posted that video below for you to see. But, we kept the video short. Since then, people have asked for the full interview and the podcast is the perfect medium for this interview. I hope you enjoy my conversation with renowned author John Gierach.

The original video:

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Listener feedback

On October 26, 2015 • Comments (2)

I’m so happy to be getting good feedback from listeners about our podcast series, the Tenkara Cast. I’m getting emails almost daily about how people are enjoying the episodes, and that gives me great enthusiasm to keep putting them out.
Tenkara Cast listening in car

Long-time tenkara angler Ed Baldridge just sent me a kind email with his story about how the last podcast episode helped him catch more fish. He said,
Really enjoying your podcasts. Today I was fishing and things were real slow. I felt like I was casting for absolutely no reason. Water was cold and no fish seen anywhere. I took off my backpack and other gear and was about to pack it inand I remembered your recent technique podcasts. I figured I would cycle through the techniques and see if anything might do the trick. Went back to the stream with only a rod, line and a fly. Dead drift- nope. Pulsing the fly- nope and then I did the “drift and drag”. Letting the fly drift, pause and drag it back up stream. Next thing I knew fish were hitting the kebari and a bad day was turned into another fun day on the water.
Ed Baldridge”


On our Facebook page, Glenn D. Grossman shared:
“Daniel, thank you very much for your podcast series. Your advice has helped me take my Tenkara game to a new level. The episode in which you discuss detecting a strike has been especially helpful. I honestly would not have landed a single fish today if I hadn’t followed your advice. Cheers, Friend! :)”


What do you say? Are you enjoying the episodes? What would you like to have me cover?
Share your thoughts with me here, via email, or PLEASE, as a review in iTunes here. Your comments really help me keep the podcast alive.

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Tenkara Cast: Tenkara technique podcast

On October 21, 2015 • Comments (5)

In today’s episode of the Tenkara Cast, I cover the 6 main tenkara techniques I have discussed in the past in an audio format. I also go a bit more in depth about how to improve each of the techniques. Tenkara is simple, but there is always more to learn.
This is a longer episode, 53 minutes…and I recognize I’m probably a bit monotone sometime. So, do me a favor and listen to it in sections if you’re driving as I don’t want to be blamed for anyone falling asleep while driving :)

To listen to all episodes of the Tenkara Cast visit our podcast page, or subscribe via iTunes.

Overview of the fly presentations with a tenkara rod
1) Dead-drift: allow the fly to naturally drift with the current
2) Pausing: move the rod tip upstream from the fly to pause the fly in place for a couple of seconds in spots where fish are likely to be, such as in front of rocks.
3) Pause-and-Drift: Put the rod tip upstream from the tenkara fly to pause it for a second or two, then let it drift, pause it again, let it drift.
4) Pulsing: with a rhythmic motion move your fly up and down, making the tenkara fly pulse with life. The tenkara fly will open its hackle when you pull it, but close a bit when you relax it.
5) Pulling: this is a bit like using your fly as a streamer, where you will impart a lot of action. Part of the tenkara line must be in the water to serve as an anchor as you pull the tenkara fly across or upstream about 1 1/2ft at a time. It is particularly useful in faster or higher water conditions.
6) Plunging: This is a technique that may be combined with any of the previous 5 techniques and is used to help sink your fly without using any weight, using currents instead. Cast upstream from a place where the water drops, plunges or gets channelled between rock, as the fly hits the part where the water is more turbulent, let some of the line into the turbulence to take it down. If you’re doing it correctly and hitting a good spot, your line will seem to stop for a couple of seconds, then it may move in circles a bit, and then it will move downstream, typically fairly deep.

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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 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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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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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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Ovis Podcast with Tom Rosenbauer

On May 12, 2015 • Comments (1)

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.

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Podcast: Tenkara’s Evolution
with Ask About Fly Fishing

On June 18, 2014 • Comments (2)

On June 4th I participated in the internet radio show Roger Maves and I talked about “Tenkara’s Evolution”. We started with the basics of what tenkara is, then moved on to discuss how it evolved from an activity of commercial anglers to a sport, and finally talked about the endeavor of introducing the method here and creating a small revolution in the world of fly-fishing. We also discussed quite a bit the business of Tenkara USA, how I started it, our marketing strategies and more. Take a listen:

Ask about fly fishing tenkara

This was the second time I was invited by Roger to talk about tenkara in his podcast / internet radio show. The first time was in July 2012. That show is available at for subscribers.

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Tenkara Podcast 3 Daniel and Jason talk tenkara

On March 4, 2013 • Comments (6)

It is clear that Jason and I really enjoy talking about tenkara. We can talk for hours, although we try our best to cap it to 40 or so minutes in our podcast series.
In this podcast we talk about using large tenkara flies, tenkara techniques, using long lines with tenkara, how to find streams to fish, a tenkara book I’m working on, and more.
Tenkara Podcast, March 4th 2013

(duration: 45:06)
Tenkara Podcast – Tenkara USA and Tenkara Talk about Large tenkara flies, tenkara techniques, tenkara book and more

Direct link to podcast file
Please submit questions for future podcasts here: TENKARA PODCAST QUESTIONS
Tenkara Podcast #3 – Finding streams to fish, large tenkara flies, tenkara book and more

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Tenkara Podcast 3 Daniel and Jason talk tenkara

On February 27, 2013 • Comments (1)

After a successful first tenkara podcast, Jason and I decided to try making this a regular thing and just got together for one more podcast where we talk about various tenkara topics. It became very evident about 30 minutes into our conversation that we wouldn’t be able to get to all questions submitted as we tend to ramble a bit long about tenkara. It is tough to keep it short when there is so much to talk about but we’ll try being more concise next time.
For now, please enjoy this podcast where Jason and I talk about our experiences showing tenkara to folks at the Fly Fishing Shows, the thinking behind the redesign of the popular Tenkara USA Ayu rod, DIY Tenkara nets, and more.
Tenkara Podcast, February 27th 2013

(duration: 39:21)

Direct link to podcast file
Please submit questions for future podcasts here: TENKARA PODCAST QUESTIONS

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