This is the first installment of a new series of blog posts we’d like to bring to you. The Tenkara Guide Spotlight will bring some of the experience and knowledge of the professional guides in our Tenkara Guide Network to the spotlight so we can all learn from tthem. You’ll see a diversity of tackle preferences and techniques used and hope this will help you in finding your own tenkara.
We start the series with Jim Mitchell, a full time fishing and hunting guide form the Bitterroot Valley in western Montana. Jim is a consummate professional and a super nice guy. I’ve had the pleasure of fishing with Jim a few times, and always find it an enjoyable and informative experience. His to the point answers give a nice glimpse into the thinking of a professional guide.
Where do you guide tenkara anglers and how long have you been guiding?
I started guiding in 2001 and became an outfitter in 2009. I guide float and wade trips on Rivers and Small streams in Montana.
Do you guide only tenkara or also western fly-fishing?
I guide Western and tenkara fly-fishing.
About how many guide trips and tenkara guide trips do you do in a season?
I guide about 150 client days per season 10 to 20 of those are tenkara
What would you say are the advantages and disadvantages of guiding with tenkara?
A few advantages to tenkara are the simplicity and a drag free drift. One disadvantage is casting distance on big rivers and that is irrelevant when tenkara float fishing from a raft.
What are your favorite Tenkara USA rods for guiding on your favorites and are your personal favorites different that what you guide with?
What types of rigs do you fish (i.e. single dry fly, indicator rigs, dry dropper, etc.) ?
I fish single dries, dry dropper, double fly indicator rigs and nymphs without indicators. The one thing I have not tried is streamers
Has there been anything about fishing and guiding with tenkara that has been a surprise to you compared to your initial impressions of the fishing method?
The freedom. It’s nice to leave the big bag of flies and equipment and just take a small pack with a few essentials.
As a guide, what are your thoughts on using few (or one) fly pattern?
It’s fun to do at times, but I am not a one fly guy.
Do you have a favorite fly? What is it?
A prince nymph for the nymph. A Purple Haze for the dry.
Do you have a fly-fishing or tenkara based online blog? What is the URL?
It’s a hunting and fishing blog, but I don’t update it often.
Do you have an social media presence for your services? What are your Facebook or other social media accounts names?
Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/montanahuntingfishingadventures/
In this video Daniel will cover how to open and close an adjustable tenkara rod (also known as “tenkara zoom rods”). The Tenkara USA rods, such as the Sato, Rhodo and Ito, can be fished at different lengths and it is important to know how to properly use them.
Further, here’s a short video on how to replace segments on a tenkara rod, including the adjustable tenkara rods.
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
Have you ever walked high above a river, perhaps on a bridge or a trail, and while looking down at the water far below steep walls said to yourself, “there must be a big trout in that pool, and I bet no one has ever caught it!” ?
I have walked many such trails, wondering the same thing to myself. The steep scrambles or sheer walls have kept me from reaching most of those fish. But, I have also started taking it upon myself to search for those fish and go catch them. Recently I recorded a podcast episode in which I talk about my “outdoor obsessions”: climbing and tenkara. The skills I have gained through my years of climbing allow me to get to those places where I ask myself whether there is a fish down there.
In the latest edition of the Fly Fish Journal, I recount one such story of chasing big trout in an inaccessible river in Wyoming. If this sounds appealing to you, get yourself a copy of their latest magazine for the story.
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
We have 4 fun new items available today. I’m especially excited about our new Tenkara Rod Ties, which are a new way to help you manage your tenkara line on the go, and the 2016 Tenkara Magazine, which is finally here!
A new way to manage your tenkara line on the go. Tenkara Rod Ties are designed to fit any tenkara rod and have multiple uses. Get creative and show us how you manage your line. Watch a video.
The 2016 Tenkara Magazine is here! This volume 3 of our annual publication and features excellent articles by the tenkara community and several of our teachers from Japan.
A versatile piece of garment in any angler’s wardrobe, our neck gaiters feature a unique pattern that will shield you from sun and wind.
On my first time wearing waders I fell in the water, my waders filled up, and there was a real risk I could have suffered tragic consequences.
Many people are not aware of the dangers presented by the action of wading as well as by wearing waders, which can trap wader and weigh you down. Last year I did a post about wading safety, with several videos produced by Simms ages ago – you can watch the videos here. But, I think this is a topic that deserves more frequent coverage; after all there are always people who will be wearing waders for their first time, and if the topic of wading safety is not on top of their newsfeed they may not know the things to look for.
In this episode of the Tenkara Cast I talk a bit about some basics of keeping safe while wading.
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!
Here’s a very nice video created by Clay Hayes for Backcountry Hunters and Anglers. Clay goes out tenkara fishing and foraging in Idaho.
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.
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.
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.