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On July 18, 2018 • Comments (0)
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Besides the blog posts below, here you’ll find the newest content from Tenkara USA:

Tenkara Cast – our podcast

The Tenkara Cast features conversations about technique, gear and philosophy, and now also features conversations with Trout Unlimited chapters across the US.

  • Bikefishing + Central Jersey Trout Unlimited Path Less Pedaled tenkara fishing and biking bikefishing

    Bikefishing + Central Jersey Trout Unlimited

    Biking and tenkara are a perfect combination. In this episod, Daniel talks to Russ Roca of the blog PathLessPedaled.com about #bikefishing and how to combine tenkara and...

  • 5 Tips for Avoiding Frustrations with Tenkara... COTU_AvoidingFrustrations

    5 Tips for Avoiding Frustrations with Tenkara...

    Learn some tips to help you avoid frustrations on your next tenkara outing and also listen to a conversation with Colorado Trout Unlimited to learn about their...

  • Japan Cast 2018: Reports from Japan Gifu_PodcastCover

    Japan Cast 2018: Reports from Japan

    I am currently in Japan and will be creating podcast episodes as I travel around experiencing tenkara with my teachers and in different parts of the country. Stay tuned...


Click here to listen to more episodes, or subscribe via iTunes or however you listen to podcasts

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Questions and Answers

On November 2, 2014 • Comments (82)
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Tenkara FAQ questions and answerPlease ask any questions you may have about tenkara. It doesn’t matter if it’s been answered before, if you’re not easily finding it, I’ll be happy to answer it here. Ask away!
Of course, feel free to continue calling us at 888.483.6527 or emailing us at info@tenkarausa.com

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We Thought We Were People – A Film by Erica Mellon

On August 16, 2018 • Comments (0)
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If you’re into running, be prepared for some awesome tenkara + running videos we will be publishing in the next few days. If you’re not into running….you may just get inspired to combine tenkara + running after you watch these videos.

Here’s the first one. This film was created by Erica Mellon with tenkara guide Brittany Aäe, who wrote and narrated the story. Brittany combines tenkara fly-fishing and running to access further places and deeper senses and in this film she also shares a beautiful story.

Make sure to have the sound on!

We Thought We Were People – A Film by Erica Mellon

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Video: In Search of Tenkara, with Jeremy Shellhorn

On August 8, 2018 • Comments (1)
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Tenkara USA’s designer, Jeremy Shellhorn, sits streamside and lets nature inspire his work as he takes viewers along his drawing process.
Jeremy’s work beautifully captures the essence of tenkara. One guiding principle in much of his art is “mujo”, the Japanese concept of leaving things incomplete and giving as much importance to what is left out as to what is drawn.

In Search of Tenkara is a series of videos where people capture what makes tenkara unique and what its essence may be.

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New Video: How to Choose a Tenkara Rod, 2018

On August 2, 2018 • Comments (0)
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Our newest video, in which tenkara guide Allie Marriott will guide on through the process of choosing a tenkara rod, is now up. I hope this helps make the process a bit easier:

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Tenkara in Hawaii: Kauai Rainbow Trout with the Hane

On July 19, 2018 • Comments (0)
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Kauai Trout with the Hane

by Adam Trahan

Tenkara USA hane tenkara rod in Hawaii

I enjoy tenkara in far away places, and Kauai has been on my list to for quite some time. Tenkara USA recently released the Hane, a compact and robust tenkara rod; my trip to Kauai would be a great inaugural adventure for mine. As with any far away trip, I planned this one out months in advance, but I knew I would be using this rod as soon as I saw it the first time.

Hawaii fly fishing trip

Trout are not native to Hawaii. They have been introduced. There are trout on at least four of the islands, O’ahu, Maui, Kauai and the big island. The original stocking of the streams in Kauai are well documented and were studied over a hundred years ago. At this time, there are at least three streams on Kauai that contain trout. The trout in these streams are “wild” trout naturally reproducing from the original stocking in 1920. At that time, 50,000 rainbow trout eggs that originated from Montana and Utah arrived in Honolulu harbor on a ship that carried them from California. The eggs were then transported to Kauai were they were taken to a hatchery to hatch the trout fry for introduction into the headwater streams of Waimea Canyon.

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Big trout fight in Hokkaido

On July 10, 2018 • Comments (0)
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Our 2-week long trip to Japan is now over. At the end of the trip we experienced the beginning of the rains that have been ravaging Western Japan. In fact, the night before we left we were at a guest house having dinner as heavy rain fell outside. Our hostess came to inform us that there was a chance the river nearby, the Maze, could flood and she explained the contingency plan. It was not likely she said, but just in case there was an alarm they would guide us to the school on the hill nearby.

The Maze, a river we had fished just the day before, didn’t flood, but much of the areas around where we were experienced landslides and devastating floods. The disaster has been hardest felt farther west from where we were. Our hearts are with the people as they deal with the difficulties of yet another disaster. We were lucky to escape unharmed. It has been bittersweet to get to the comfort of my dry home knowing people are suffering. But, as I review footage and images from another good trip to Japan I keep the Japanese people in my heart.

Today I worked on a short film where I was able to capture an epic fight Dr. Ishigaki had with a large rainbow trout in Hokkaido. I wish my microphone was closer to hear his tenkara rod singing, as I am sure it did. I hope you’ll enjoy the short film above.

If you’re interested in helping, here’s some information on relief efforts taking place.

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Reports from Japan, 2018

On June 27, 2018 • Comments (2)
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If you have been following us on social media, you may know that I am currently on a 2-week long trip to a few areas of Japan. As usual, I have come here on my annual pilgrimage “in search of tenkara”.

The trip so far has been a lot of fun. My fishing has been concentrated in the northern island of Hokkaido, where we are finding some large fish and few anglers.
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Throughout the trip, I’m planning to create podcast episodes and videos as time allows. So far I have uploaded two episodes of my podcast, the Tenkara Cast. I’m naming this series of episodes the “Japan Cast 2018″, where I share my experiences with anyone interested in learning more about tenkara or Japan. It is my hope to bring you through the journey of learning tenkara from the source, and really explore several concepts around the method.

You can follow the podcast here: Tenkara Cast, Japan Cast episodes

Also, be sure to follow us on Instagram, as that’s a very quick way to see the photos I take as I go.

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Spotify playlists and new Tenkara Cast episode

On May 16, 2018 • Comments (1)
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Looking for things to listen? We got you covered with two awesome Spotify playlists and a new short episode of the Tenkara Cast.

We just launched some awesome Spotify playlists. The first one is a curated list, largely inspired by Takenobu’s music, who we feature in most of our videos.

Follow us on Spotify

#TenkaraTunes : Fishin’

#TenkaraTunes : Collaboration

Follow this playlist and then add your favorite songs!

Tenkara Cast : Short Cast, News

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Press Release: Tenkara USA hires outdoor industry veteran as new CEO

On May 5, 2018 • Comments (1)
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Press Release, Boulder, CO

Fly-fishing equipment company Tenkara USA has named industry veteran Patrick Stratton CEO. He will join Daniel Galhardo on the senior management team.

033BB246-E5BE-44CF-AA56-03FA55FE74B8 Stratton has held senior management positions at The North Face, REI and Mountain Equipment Co-op, among others. His experience will help Tenkara USA build momentum and grow the brand as it works to expand sales and dealer networks to grow fly fishing’s audience.

“Patrick’s product management and entrepreneurial experience are a perfect match to help take Tenkara USA to the next level, where we can continue to provide the best product to an ever-growing audience of people who spend time outdoors and may want to add fly-fishing to their list of preferred activities,” said Galhardo, Tenkara USA’s founder and chairman.

“I’ve known Daniel for a long time, and have envied his ability to communicate the technique and simplicity of the sport,” Stratton said. “I see many opportunities for the brand and the sport, and I look forward to being able to introduce Tenkara USA to new audiences while maintaining a strong connection with our existing customers and ensuring we tackle the challenges faced by a growing brand.”

Galhardo will focus on product development and storytelling, and will work closely with Stratton and the rest of the Tenkara USA team to continue pushing forward their mission to “enable people to enjoy the benefits of tenkara by sharing the philosophies of simplicity, open-mindedness and caring for the environment while providing the best tenkara information, gear and service.”

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March 2018 Sowbug Roundup

On April 18, 2018 • Comments (0)
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Mountain Home, Arkansas

In March, Tenkara USA had the wonderful opportunity to attend the Sowbug Roundup “Celebration of Fly Fishing” event. Daniel, Jeremy and I were on hand to represent Tenkara USA and additionally, Daniel also gave a tenkara presentation and a couple of casting demonstrations.

[Daniel’s note: a new podcast episode of the Tenkara Cast, in which the 3 of us sit down and chat about the finer points of the philosophy of simplicity, is now available via iTunes, other podcast apps, or directly at ]

The Sowbug Roundup is a basically a fly tying show with a selected vendor list chosen to augment the content of the event.

It was quite an honor for me to attend and I do appreciate the welcome that the community gave to us. The tenkara vendors did a great job and we made the front page of the area newspaper.

What follows is a few photographs that I took from the event.

http://www.sowbugroundup.org

The Tenkara USA booth

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