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Following the Tenkara Summit, pictures

On September 5, 2011
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As mentioned here, the first Tenkara Summit was by most accounts and opinions a great success.  Over 100 people came, to enjoy the conversations, meet other tenkara anglers and of course fish in Montana. Following the summit our party, which consisted of Dr. Ishigaki, Masaki Nakano, Chris Stewart and filmmaker Brian Flemming, enjoyed several more days of tenkara fishing on the Madison, Firehole, Gallatin and Gibbon Rivers. Since we had Brian taking many pro-shots, I didn’t take many pictures this time. Below are some of my favorites:

One of my favorite pictures during the Summit, Ryan giving a very entertaining talk about tenkara and the backcountry:

Ryan Jordan talking about tenkara

What about that drag-free drift?

Dr. Ishigaki tenkara fishing, line off the water

Masaki fighting a good size fish, in current, on the Gallatin River right off Bozeman:

Even the driving was enjoyable

Even the driving was enjoyable for tenkara

Beautiful setting for tenkara fishing and filming. Can’t wait to see the final product!

Filming of "Tenkara the Movie"

A nice hookset at sunset by Dr. Ishigaki:

Tenkara hookset

Is this why the Firehole River called the Firehole?

Two days after the summit we were fortunate to be guided and accompanied by no less than Craig Mathews from Blue Ribbon Flies and Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia. We met on the Madison and started following their Toyota truck on a road that paralleled tenkara-perfect waters, on the W. Fork of the Madison River. This day was an absolute treat for me since Yvon and the company he created have been a huge inspiration for Tenkara USA. The opportunity to pick his brain on business topics, talk about our support for environmental programs, and of course, fish together were more than I could ever have dreamed of. I enjoyed every minute of it.

Daniel Galhardo and Yvon Chouinard (image by David Lor)

Daniel Galhardo and Yvon Chouinard

The highlight of the day was an 17″ rainbow I caught, the biggest fish of the day interview with Craig and Yvon. They talked about 1% for the Planet, and about how tenkara can have a huge impact on the fly fishing industry and on the sport of fly-fishing. The interview with Yvon was just awesome, not only is he a huge fan of tenkara and had great things to say about it and the industry but from a cinematographic perspective all lined up well: the skies behind him were dark with an impending storm, yet the light on him was nice and warm;rain started falling slowly, but he didn’t seem to mind at all;

Craig Mathews on the Madison, after his interview about tenkara

Craig Mathews tenkara on the Madison

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5 Responses to Following the Tenkara Summit, pictures

  1. David Lor says:

    I’ve said it many times before but thank you for the amazing event. I have been telling all my friends about the personal interactions more than the fishing! That’s a success of the highest degree, I think.

    • Thanks for the comment David. You may notice that even though we were at the heart of great fishing in the US, the posts hardly ever talk about fishing itself. I think interactions with other folks with a similar interest are much more “newsworthy” than talking about yet another fish. Those are the things that stick with us the longest, I believe.

  2. Jack says:


    Great post! From my point of view, you created the Summit and so I’ve been waiting for your review. In the photos I’ve seen, I’m so happy to see the smiles on your face and the faces of Dr. Ishigaki, Yvon Chouinard, and all the other participants. Sorry I couldn’t make it this year, but you know I support what you’re trying to do introducing tenkara to the rest of the world. Thanks for all your work!


  3. Ed Tyanich says:


    Thank you for a wonderful event. Deb and I enjoyed meeting you, Yvon, Dr. Ishigaki and especially Craig, as we had many friends here in Helena that were also friends of his.


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