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mounTEN: issue 3, December 2018

On December 10, 2018 • Comments (0)
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Welcome to the third issue of Tenkara USA’s official monthly ezine, covering the best stories on the tenkara method of fly-fishing. mounTEN brings forth content created by Tenkara USA over the last 10 years in a fun-to-read format. This month features Ice Shelf Fishing, Bamboo Rods, Iwana Sashimi, a new Up Tenkara Creek Comic and much more. Enjoy!

You can read the ezine in the reader above, or download the full PDF version here.

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mounTEN, issue 2

On November 10, 2018 • Comments (0)
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We received some great feedback and a lot of downloads of the inaugural edition of mounTEN, our new ezine. So, we bring to you the 2nd edition, which has pieces on how to tenkara fish with long lines, a conversation with Dr. Hisao Ishigaki, a piece on the Manzanar fishing camp, and one on the snake-skin tenkara flies of Mr. Hirata.

Download the printable PDF version here

mounTEN is the official ezine of Tenkara USA, and its ten spreads will be published on the 10th of every month. So stay tuned for the next issue, which will be published on December 10th.

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mounTEN: issue 1, October 2018

On October 10, 2018 • Comments (12)
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Announcing our first issue of mounTEN! The official “e-zine” of Tenkara USA. Look for it on the TENth of every month, each issue is a collection of essays, interviews, how-to’s, and philosophical thoughts on the tenkara lifestyle in TEN spreads. At the end of the zine will be an installment of Up TENkara Creek, a new comic about the history and story of tenkara. We have designed the comic to be printable as a coloring page. Download it here and break out the colored pencils and crayons :)

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Video: Customer Service Tenkara Rod Tips from Tenkara USA

On August 22, 2018 • Comments (4)
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Tenkara rods are very easy to use and are pretty strong. Some common problems with tenkara rods are very easy to avoid or deal with. In this video, John Geer from Tenkara USA’s customer service team, will walk you through some of the common problems seen on a tenkara rod, how to avoid problems while using your tenkara rod, and how to troubleshoot and fix any problems you may encounter with your tenkara rod.
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And of course, if your tenkara rod has the Tenkara USA name on its label, you can always count on our customer support to take care of you, that’s our Tenkara Care™ guarantee.
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To learn more about tenkara rods, or for help from our customer service team, visit www.tenkarausa.com or call 888.i.tenkara (888.483.6527)

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Latest from Tenkara USA

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:

mounTEN – the tenkara ezine

mounTEN brings to you the best stories and articles we have shared in the TEN years since we introduced tenkara to the US. Each issue contains TEN beautifully designed spreads, and is released on the TENth of every month.

  • mounTEN: issue 3, December 2018 tenkara magazine by TEnkara USA, issue 3

    mounTEN: issue 3, December 2018

    This issue of Tenkara USA’s official monthly ezine, mounTEN, covers the best content created by Tenkara USA over the last 10 years in a fun-to-read format. This...

  • mounTEN: issue 2, November 2018 mounTEN: issue 2, November 2018

    mounTEN: issue 2, November 2018

    mounTEN: Issue 2, November 2018 The official ezine of Tenkara USA As we near our TENth anniversary, we are bringing forward the best stories shared in the last TEN years...

  • mounTEN: issue 1, October 2018 mounTEN ezine by Tenkara USA

    mounTEN: issue 1, October 2018

    Announcing our first issue of mounTEN! The official “e-zine” of Tenkara USA. Look for it on the TENth of every month, each issue is a collection of essays,...

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.

  • Tenkara in Salt? A Conversation with Henry... Screen Shot 2018-11-06 at 10.44.48 PM

    Tenkara in Salt? A Conversation with Henry...

    Tenkara is a mountain stream method of fly-fishing, that uses a tenkara rod, line and fly. But, the tenkara rod is also a tool that people all over the world are now...

  • Tenkara in the Wind + Idaho TU tenkara in the wind

    Tenkara in the Wind + Idaho TU

    Fishing in windy days can be tricky, but it can be done. Today we share some tips on fishing in windy days: how to cast against the wind, how to not fight it, and how to...

  • 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...


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

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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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The 9th Anniversary of the introduction of tenkara outside of Japan and Tenkara USA

On April 12, 2018 • Comments (6)
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Today we celebrate the 9th anniversary of tenkara’s introduction outside of Japan and the inception of Tenkara USA!
On April 12, 2009, Daniel Galhardo launched Tenkara USA with the goal of introducing the concept of tenkara, a simpler way to fly-fish, to the world. Since then we have witnessed the growth of an awesome community of people who have been inspired to seek simplicity, share adventures and tell the story of tenkara. We would not be here today without your support, so thank you all very much for taking up tenkara and sharing the tenkara story.
While it may feel like it was yesterday that the first tenkara rods arrived and were put in your hands, today is a reminder that Tenkara USA has not been an overnight success, and the adoption of tenkara was not made in an instant. The last 9 years have been filled with incredible experiences, and milestones. If you have not seen it yet, take a look at our interactive timeline:

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Japanese Influenced Tenkara

On March 18, 2018 • Comments (0)
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I’m an American tenkara angler that is influenced by Japanese tenkara and my own experiences at home. I initially learned about tenkara nine years ago from Tenkara USA (Daniel Galhardo) and subsequently deepened my knowledge from researching Japanese blogs and web sites. I used what I knew from my own fly fishing knowledge and by researching and interviewing famous Japanese Tenkara anglersI shared many of those interviews with the community here.

What follows is a basic look into the equipment that I use to wet wade and fish my own home streams and as I travel around North America and beyond.

My primary tenkara rods are the Ito, Sato and Rhodo. I’ve been fishing these rods since they have been available. I own a couple of Japanese brand rods in my quiver but my Tenkara USA rods are my first choices to go fishing in my home streams. I think if I had one rod to choose, it would be the Ito. It is a rod where I can hunt small native trout in wild places and then further down the mountain where the stream flows into the high meadow lake, I can catch stacked up big trout coming from out of the lake. It’s a rod that has length and makes a small fish fun yet I can catch 20” fish with it all day long.

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Tenkara USA Strap Pack

On March 5, 2018 • Comments (7)
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Whether you are a fly fisherman that uses tenkara as a part of your toolbox or a dedicated tenkara minimalist, the Tenkara USA strap pack is an excellent organizational storage solution. I’ve been using one since they have been available. I use it for everyday fishing and for travel and on my last trip to Japan. It held all the pieces of kit that I needed for traveling for an extended stay.

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I set mine up as a cross chest pack but have left the quick clip at the top to attach to a strap on a daypack or a belt. It’s highly versatile and I even use it for storage when I am just fishing out of my pockets.

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Interview with Jeremy Shellhorn

On February 20, 2018 • Comments (0)
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Most of the time when I am interviewing or having a written conversation with a person, I ask them for a couple of paragraphs to tell me who they are. I meet Jeremy at the 2017 Tenkara USA Summit and he and his wife are super nice, like all the people that I have meet in Tenkara USA. I knew he was an artist and a family man but beyond that, I did not know much about him. So I asked him if he would pen a brief “about me” so that I could develop a deeper understanding of his interests to develop our Interview.

What caught my attention in his response was not the things that I thought I needed, it was an actual fishing moment describing resting a pool. He brought me there with his words.

I’m excited to have a chance to share a conversation with Jeremy with you as he is an interesting and aesthetic loving individual.

Adam: I’m not sure I discussed the process of these Interviews with you Jeremy so I will do it here. I write the thing in one single whack and send it to you. You fill it out and send it back. When I create the document, I think about the subject and then bring out his or her interests and hopefully get them to build a picture, a interesting inner view of who they are.

Your answer to my request about fishing, spooking a pool and then sitting down and drawing, waiting for the pool to resume it’s peace struck a cord with me. I was taken to one of my own streams, I have been fishing it for 50 or so years. There are distinct pools that always have dinks flitting about chasing flys on the surface. If you approach too quickly, they scatter for the undercut or the log. But if you sit down, have a drink, check your fly, lay back and relax for about 10 minutes or so, the trout slowly come back to their feeding and playfulness.

“You have obviously been fishing for a while so let me thank you for taking this interview and sharing with us a little bit about you.”

Jeremy Shellhorn: Thanks for interviewing me. Yes, I guess I have been fishing for most of my life. I am glad my Dad took me when I was young. My family has always encouraged me to pursue the things I love to do…fishing and design. I am very very fortunate.

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A Journal of Making a Tenkara Tamo (net)

On February 15, 2018 • Comments (0)
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I remember quite a while ago I thought I was a serious small stream fly fisher. Way before I transitioned to tenkara. I was making bamboo fly rods and had been fishing my flys for many many years in the stream, river, lake and sea. At the time, I was at the top of my game and really enjoying it. I wanted to make a long split bamboo rod to fish our family farm ponds and maybe do a little fly fishing with and a fellow fly rod maker told me to contact Daniel at tenkarausa.com which I did and I got a rod from him.

That first tenkara rod from a company in the United States no less sent me down another path, it totally derailed my fly fishing.

Or did it?

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…from the book “Learning tenkara”

On January 1, 2018 • Comments (0)
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…from the book.

Learning tenkara is easy. You don’t need the internet to become proficient at this simple form of mountain stream fishing. All you need is a rod, line and fly and the excitement to spend a little time in a great place of your choosing.

I am an early adopter of tenkara (outside of Japan) and come from a long history of fly fishing small streams. I got my first rod from Daniel at Tenkara USA in 2009. I was so excited about this new to me form of mountain stream fishing, I decided to investigate the history of it by traveling to Japan. In 2013 I made my first trip and was excited to see that Tenkara USA was a part of the Japanese interest in spreading tenkara. I saw this in the Japanese media and the friends I was making there, they wanted to know if I knew Daniel. I have visited Japan again in 2016 and I am happy to report that I chose the right path doing tenkara only for nearly 9 years.

In my research of tenkara, I have collected many books on the subject and all of my books have been with the help of Japanese friends. I have been told by more than one Japanese tenkara angler that my collection was larger than any one that they have ever seen. I have had a couple of these books early on, translated to me by my friends. Over the years of collecting tenkara books, I have found that a lot of the books have the same type of content. This is not unusual, fly fishing books written in English fall into the same pattern of describing the stream and the methods that work for taking fish.

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Your First Tenkara Rod

On December 16, 2017 • Comments (0)
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by Daniel Galhardo

“Which tenkara rod should I get?”

“What tenkara rod is best for beginners?”

“What should I get for my first tenkara rod?”

These are questions we have been asked daily at Tenkara USA for the 8 years we have been in business. Below are a few things to consider and further below I share my specific recommendations. I also cover the Tenkara USA rod lineup in this video.

How to Choose a Tenkara Rod

Choosing a tenkara rod could feel like the most daunting aspect of tenkara. The advice I usually give is to follow a couple of basic suggestions but to not overthink it.

A good tenkara rod should be designed to fish well in a large range of conditions. The main criteria for choosing your first tenkara rod will be its length, which is primarily dictated by the size of water and amount of overhead coverage you will encounter. Other things to keep in mind are: fish size, quality of materials, features, price, collapsed length, and warranty.

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