The 2015 Tenkara Summit will be held in Estes Park, Colorado on September 19th, 2015.
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Slideshow of the 2014 Tenkara Summit
2014 Tenkara Summit Descriptions and Details.
The Tenkara Summit 2014 will be held in Boulder, Colorado, September 27 and 28th, 2014. September 27th will be an organized day, with presentations and clinics held at the Millenium Hotel in Boulder. On the 28th tenkara anglers from all over the world will be fishing on their own around Boulder, we will encourage folks to fish Boulder Creek as experienced tenkara anglers join for providing assistance and fish with you.
Day 1: Presentations and clinics held at the Millenium hotel grounds, a terrific location right on Boulder Creek. This area is the ideal location for our annual event, with good fishing right there at the hotel and a beautiful trout-viewing platform.
HIGHLIGHTS: presentation and demonstration by tenkara master Dr. Hisao Ishigaki, clinics on tenkara fly tying, beer by Upslope brewery, “Tenkara Magic” performed by Dennis Vander Howen, and a band to close the evening.
SCHEDULE (as of 09/23):
9:00-9:20: Welcome remarks by Daniel Galhardo
9:20-10:10: Presentation by tenkara master Dr. Hisao Ishigaki
10:10-10:30: Videos: “Tenkara Then, Now and the Future”, documentary filmed for Japanese television. Discovering Tenkara DVD preview.
10:30-2:oo: Vendors, tenkara fly-tying, casting and techniques demos and clinics. Lunch. Beer provided by Upslope brewery.
2:00-2:30: “Tenkara Magic” performed by Dennis Vander Howen
2:30-3:00: Presentation by Trout Unlimited
3:00-3:30: Fishing around Boulder, Randy Hicks, Rocky Mountain Anglers
3:30-4:00: Fishing Rocky Mountain National Park, Steve Schweitzer.
4:00-4:15: Closing remarks, Daniel Galhardo
4:15-7pm: On your own. Hang out, go fishing in town…
7:00pm-9pm: Evening music entertainment at Millenium’s bar.
Day 2: No registration required, this is not an organized portion of the event, but just a chance to fish together near town. We’ll be fishing and encouraging people to fish at Boulder Creek. We will be driving up and down the canyon and joining you whenever we find you to answer any questions and fish with you. There will also be TENKARA+ Climbing clinic offered (sign up on day 1 at the vendor hour, additional charge), and an outing hosted by Steve Schweitzer at Rocky Mountain National Park.
Millenium Harvest Hotel, Boulder
WHERE TO FISH:
Boulder Creek runs right through town and up Boulder Canyon with several miles of excellent fishing and great access. 10 minutes south of town there is South Boulder Creek, which goes up into Eldorado Canyon State Park. South Boulder Creek can also be accessed by going up Flagstaff road to Walker Ranch and other areas. 30 minutes North of Boulder visitors can access multiple forks of the St. Vrain river, all with great fishing and easy access. And, 1 hour away there is Estes Park with the Big Thompson, and Rocky Mountain National Park with a variety of streams.
Visitors will need a valid fishing license. These may be purchased here:https://www2.co.wildlifelicense.com/start.php
There are not many camping options near Boulder, unfortunately most camping areas, and National forest are at least 30 minutes away. Here are some camping options we were able to find:
1) RV camping
2) Golden Gate Canyon (30 minutes South): http://cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/GoldenGateCanyon/Pages/Camping.aspx
3) Dispersed camping west of Boulder: http://www.fs.usda.gov/activity/arp/recreation/camping-cabins/?recid=28024&actid=34
Here’s a story the website Your Boulder just ran on camping around Boulder: http://yourboulder.com/boulder-camping/
GUIDES TO HIRE:
If you’re looking for guides in the area to hire before or after the event, please take a look here for tenkara guides in Colorado.
WHERE TO FISH
Boulder is a great central location to a lot of fishing.
We’ll try putting something together in the next few days, and Rocky Mountain Anglers as well as Steve Schweitzer will be there to give some beta. But, at a glance, the 5 main options within 1 hour driving distance:
Clear Creek, 30 min South of boulder.
South Boulder Creek, 10min South of Boulder, or 30 minutes West via Flagstaff Rd.
Boulder Creek right through town and up Boulder Canyon
St. Vrain, multiple options towards Lyons and Estes Park.
Big Thompson, 40 min north of Boulder.