The vision for Tenkara USA has always been to open the doors to people who like the idea of fly-fishing but have always found western fly-fishing too complex. We wanted to share a method of fly-fishing so simple, someone could learn its basics in a matter of minutes.
In 2007, Daniel Galhardo discovered that a traditional method of fly-fishing native to Japan existed. After visiting Japan, learning about tenkara and acquiring the gear needed he fell in love with the method’s uncomplicated nature and decided others needed to learn about it. In March of 2009, a month before Tenkara USA officially “opened doors”, Daniel left a successful career in international banking to dedicate himself full-time to creating Tenkara USA, the original tenkara rod company outside of Japan.
Through frequent visits to Japan, Daniel and Tenkara USA have developed strong relationships with tenkara masters, who have taught us most of what we share on our site. We rely heavily on their knowledge and feedback to ensure the products we make and information we share are of highest quality and true to tenkara.
It’s probably not an exaggeration to say that our introduction of tenkara here has created a small revolution in the fly-fishing industry. Tenkara USA products have acquired renown worldwide, applause from our teachers in Japan, and passionate devotion by our customers.