The other day I talked about how empty my fly box was starting to look. I have been fly-tying for a long time, as a matter of fact fly-tying is what got me into fly-fishing. But these days I don’t tie as much as I used to. Part of it is time (or lack of time to be more exact). Part of it is the fact that I often get flies in bulk when we get them for our site; though these days we’re selling through our flies quickly and I don’t like taking them from our inventory. But, what would you know, a man’s gotta have flies.
Yesterday I wrote a post I titled the “The Tenkara Industry”. It would have been equally apt to title it “The Tenkara Movement”, for that’s what it is. I talked about how I enjoy not being the “only crazy dancer” around, with a link to a 3 minute video. I suspect most people wouldn’t have clicked it. This video, narrated by Derek Sivers, is one of my favorite video clips and I wanted to share it with you. It shows, in under 3 minutes, how a movement is started. This is exactly what’s happened to tenkara, which is not just a category within fly-fishing but a movement of sorts. Thank you all for joining in the movement and making me not feel like a “lone nut”. Just pretend that instead of dancing in the park you’re seeing people fishing without a reel.
“As more people jump in, it’s no longer risky. If they were on the fence before, there’s no reason not to join now. They won’t be ridiculed, they won’t stand out, and they will be part of the in-crowd, if they hurry.” – Derek Sivers
You, tenkara anglers, have just adopted a highway!
If you’re anywhere near Boulder, Colorado, drive up Boulder Canyon. On mile 37 going upstream, and mile 35 going downstream (just about 6 miles into the Canyon), you’ll now see this sign. If you see it, stop by, take a picture and share it with us here, on Twitter or Facebook with the tag #TenkaraHighway.
So, the Tenkara Summit is barely behind us and folks are now asking, where is the next Tenkara Summit??? NO IDEA! We still have time, and there will be a 5th Tenkara Summit. Please let us know where you’d like to see it next and what time of year would be best for it. Read our report about this year’s Tenkara Summit.
Wow. What an exciting past few days we’ve had here in Colorado. Hosting Dr. Ishigaki and the TUSA team, taking them fishing and entertaining them kept me away from writing in the blog, sharing live broadcasts of the Summit, and make you feel like you were here. But, I’m happy to report we had an excellent Tenkara Summit, and I hope this report will make you get a flavor for what you can find at future Tenkara Summit events. Continue reading
My neighbor and tenkara guide Allen Seagraves just came over to show me a fish he had just caught out of Boulder Creek. I figure this should definitely get you pumped for the Tenkara Summit happening this weekend. Allen is one of the tenkara guides in the Tenkara Guide Network, and if you’re wondering, he’s still available on Friday. He was using the Sato, which has been sold out for over a month but is coming back into our stock this week, as well as a tenkara fly.
While on Saturday the event mostly consists of presentations and demos, Sunday is a free and not organized fishing day. We will be encouraging everyone present to fish up and down Boulder Canyon, and throughout the day a group of experienced tenkara anglers will join you in different parts of the creek to help with any questions you may have. This will be a great weekend.
Hard to believe, but the Tenkara Summit is just one week away! We are expecting over 160 people to attend. If you haven’t registered yet, please do so here. We will also take on walk-ins but would appreciate pre-registration to ensure we have enough food for everyone. This year we are bringing Dr. Hisao Ishigaki as the keynote speaker and to provide casting and fly-tying clinics along with a range of tenkara enthusiasts who will be available to teach anyone the art of tenkara.
While this is not a commercial event, we are bringing a few vendors with products that the tenkara community will appreciate having access too. In addition to a full booth hosted by Tenkara USA with Tenkara Summit shirts, some very cool beer pints and a few other goodies, here’s a list of the vendors you can expect to see at the Tenkara Summit this year.
TENKARA SUMMIT VENDORS: Continue reading
Oh, the places you’ll go!
Have you heard of the Vagabox?
In 2012 one of the users of our forum, Acheateaux, had this idea of creating a traveling tenkara fly box. The Vagabox. The box would contain some flies, and be passed from angler to angler in an itinerant fashion.
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.
Tenkara is taking over the town by a storm, being featured in the local Boulder Weekly newspaper today and all, so this announcement is timely.
Registrations for the 4th annual Tenkara Summit are now open! The Tenkara Summit will take place in Boulder, Colorado on September 27th 2014. The event is open to the public, with a cost of $25 per person, which includes lunch and tons of tenkara knowledge.
This will be a super fun event, taking place at the Millenium Hotel, right at Boulder Creek. There will be presentations, including by Dr. Hisao Ishigaki who is flying from Japan for the event, workshops and clinics, and entertainment. Plus, the camaraderie of an expected 200 tenkara anglers coming together for the biggest Tenkara Summit yet. If you want to get an idea for what the previous Tenkara Summit events were, browse these posts.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Fishing Among Tenkara Friends
by TJ Ferreira
Had a great time this last weekend fishing with some of my tenkara friends. These are friends I have met in the last few years through tenkara and it was great to fish with all 3 of them for the first time. We already have a new trip planned soon but before that, I figured I would post some pictures that we have collected.
The legendary fly-fishing author John Gierach is at it again with a new book fresh off the press: All Fishermen are Liars.
Tenkara and Tenkara USA are featured in it as Gierach memorializes the time when I invited myself to come to Colorado and teach him tenkara. Over the weekend I caught up with Gierach in the writer’s den to talk about tenkara.
Please, do yourself a favor and buy Gierach’s new book!