Launched this week, by filmmaker Brian Flemming and his assistant Ashley, is an exciting new website to check out: learntenkara.com. Their website is a content-rich, independent resource that somewhat follows Brian’s feature film project – a documentary on tenkara and its introduction to the US.
According to their site:
“LearnTenkara.com emerged from a feature-length documentary about tenkara that is still in active production. While shooting this movie since September 2010, we have acquired hours and hours of great fishing footage and interviews with tenkara luminaries such as Dr. Hisao Ishigaki, Daniel Galhardo, Chris Stewart and Ryan Jordan. A lot of this material happens to be instructional in nature, and for that reason it is not likely to make it into the final film, which will focus on the overall tenkara phenomenon and not so much on the nitty gritty of “how to.”
In addition, Ashley, who has been fly-fishing since she was 11 years old has discovered a new passion in tenkara through her work with Brian, and will be documenting her experiences learning tenkara.
The website will be a work-in-progress and a great chance to preview footage and photography captured along the way to the completion of the film; learntenkara.com is definitely worth bookmarking. There is already some great media on their pages, including excellent photography documenting pieces of the film, and the exciting video clip embedded above, where I hooked and landed a strong 20″ brown trout on the Madison during my last visit to Montana.