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All About Tenkara Nets – video and podcast episode now available

On April 14, 2020 • Comments (0)
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Over the weekend I created my longest video/podcast episode for the Tenkara Cast yet. This time I cover everything about tenkara nets (also known as tenkara “tamo”): where do they come from, how they are made, how to use a tenkara net, and how to make your own. I go into a lot of detail into every aspect of tenkara nets in this episode. The episode clocks in at over one hour and twenty minutes, so I also added timestamps of different sections if you’re interested in one area over another.

Watch now and get more information here or by clicking the image below

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Tenkara Cast: Covering Water

On April 7, 2020 • Comments (1)
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Please check out a new episode of the Tenkara Cast, in which I discuss my method for covering water, stealth, and fishing in windy conditions. In this episode I also do a 5-minute guided meditation in the end, something a bit out there (as tenkara may be anyways) and hope that it helps someone in these crazy days we are living.
The Tenkara Cast is available via your favorite podcasting app, and now also on Spotify.
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NOTE: Our warehouse is still open, but it will be closed for one day on Friday, April 10th. Orders need to be placed by Thursday at 11am MST to avoid delays in shipments. Shipping resumes on Monday, April 13th, but the situation continues to evolve, so get a rod on sale while you can.

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Tenkara+ Social Distancing

On March 20, 2020 • Comments (0)
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Tenkara fly-fishing social distancing

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mounTEN: Issue Seven, April 2019

On April 10, 2019 • Comments (1)
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Welcome to the seventh 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 a look back at 10 years of sharing tenkara and building Tenkara USA. Enjoy!

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mounTEN: Issue Six, March 2019

On March 10, 2019 • Comments (2)
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Welcome to the sixth 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 thoughts on simplicity, information on our Tenkara Summit, a story by TJ Ferreira, an article on line management and a new Up Tenkara Creek Comic…plus 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 Five, February 2019

On February 10, 2019 • Comments (2)
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Welcome to the fifth 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 an article on our first video, the “one-fly” philosophy, a story on Mr. Katsutoshi Amano, a piece that talks the ideas behind our Sato rod, 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 Four, January 2019

On January 10, 2019 • Comments (0)
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Welcome to the fourth 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 an article on tangles & snags, covers a trip fishing tenkara with Ed Engle and John Gierach, a piece on the versatile tenugui, 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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Latest from Tenkara USA

On January 8, 2019 • 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. Click here to read all issues of mounTEN

  • Tenkara Coloring Book Tenkara Coloring Book by Tenkara USA

    Tenkara Coloring Book

    Our designer Jeremy just finished putting together the first Tenkara Coloring Book! We hope this may be a fun activity for you and your family, or something that will...

  • mounTEN: issue 6, March 2019 Tenkara ezine, MounTen, issue 6, March 2019

    mounTEN: issue 6, March 2019

    Welcome to the sixth issue of Tenkara USA’s official monthly ezine, covering the best stories on the tenkara method of fly-fishing. mounTEN brings forth content...

  • mounTEN: issue 5, February 2019 Tenkara ezine: MounTen February 2019

    mounTEN: issue 5, February 2019

    Welcome to the fifth issue of Tenkara USA’s official monthly ezine, covering the best stories on the tenkara method of fly-fishing. mounTEN brings forth content...

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.

  • How to Fish Mountain Streams How to fish mountain streams

    How to Fish Mountain Streams

    Tenkara Cast · How To Fish A Mountain Stream Mountain streams are a beautiful refuge for anglers, and tenkara really shines in mountain streams above all other methods....

  • Tenkara Q&A (Part 2): Tenkara Lines, Tenkara... Questions about Tenkara Flies, tenkara lines and more

    Tenkara Q&A (Part 2): Tenkara Lines, Tenkara...

    In over a decade in business we have received many questions on all aspects of tenkara. This is the first episode trying to cover as many questions as we could compile...

  • Tenkara Q&A (Part 1): Tenkara Rods Tenkara Questions and Answers about Tenkara Rods

    Tenkara Q&A (Part 1): Tenkara Rods

    In over a decade in business we have received many questions on all aspects of tenkara. This is the first episode trying to cover as many questions as we could compile...


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

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mounTEN: issue 3, December 2018

On December 10, 2018 • Comments (1)
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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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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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