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Tenkara Master For A Day

On June 12, 2014
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Feeling like a Tenkara Master making precise casts around, under, and above the HUGE elephant ears.

Ever have one of those days on the river where everything goes perfect? Perfect temperature outside, perfect river flows, perfect casting, perfect hook-sets, perfect landing, perfect trout handling, perfect picture taking, and then perfect releases? I believe most of us have had one of those magical days where you and tenkara seem to be one.

Believe me…. I am no tenkara master. I am an amateur at best, but the nice thing about tenkara is that the basics can be so simple that most anyone, yes I mean you and you and you over there, will feel like master for a day.

I have also been a Tenkara Dunce for a day too. From slipping and falling all day, to getting tangled in trees and rocks, to missing hook-set after hook-set, poor netting of trout (if you even get that squiggly dude in the net)… you know what I mean. Just one of those bad days. Guess what…. even masters may have bad days. It probably happens very rarely, but they are human just like you and I. Their line will also get stuck on trees when their minds wander.

Since discovering tenkara I have made quite a few friends in the community. We have fished together many times now, and I have come to realize that I enjoy watching my friends fish as much (well almost as much) as I do fishing myself. Watching them catch fish and yelling joyous sounds from downstream is such a great feeling, as is showing them how excited I am for them.  

All of these guys have been Masters of Tenkara for a day. I have seen them all be very graceful catching trout and looking like pros. One of these friends has only been fishing tenkara for a short time and he is as good as any of us. We all have those great days and can feel and sometimes even look like masters for a day.

No matter how long or short of a time you have been into tenkara, I bet you have also felt like a master for a day. I encourage you to relive that moment, think about it next time you go fishing.

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3 Responses to Tenkara Master For A Day

  1. TIMMY! says:

    TJ- Loved your article! I think I fit the “dunce” mode most of the time. And remember to include pan fish for us poor saps in non-trout country. Makes us feel left out!

  2. JDSmith says:

    Very nice read TJ. I’m glad you decided to write it. When you mentioned it to me in camp last weekend It sounded like such a relatable essay for anybody to read.

    Sunday I felt like Master for a day. Well at least half a day. Lol. But Monday when I took off for a quick morning session, I was dunce for the day, I hooked several trees, several elephant ears and several fish but I didn’t land one of them. All of the trees, all of the elephant ears and all of the fish wriggled away. Sometimes taking my flies with them! Doh!!!

    -JD

  3. TJ Ferreira says:

    Sunday for most the day I felt real good about all that was happening. But… when I fell 3 times (damn un-sticky rubber boots), I was a bit uptight feeling like a dunce. No more rubber soles only for me. I had my share of foibles too but for a few minutes, I felt like all was clicking pretty well. Clicked even more once I drank your rum and cokes. hehe

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