Jeffry Gottfried, co-founder and executive director of non-profit, Educational Recreational Adventures has been fly fishing for 46 years and fishing primarily tenkara for 7 years. Each year, Jeff and his staff and volunteers teach hundreds of people from age 6-80+ how to fish tenkara.
Through ERA, Jeff and Sam Vanderbeek, also a certified tenkara guide, offer workshops at the Tenkara Rendezvous at the Fly Fisher’s Shop in Welches, Oregon, at Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center, at Oregon Health and Sciences University’s “March Wellness” facility and at a number of Outdoor Adventure Camps, offered each year to groups. He also guides private clients on little-known creeks and rivers throughout Oregon and the Pacific NW. He has also fished tenkara in Japan, Argentina, Spain and Croatia.
Jeff has an MS in Biology and a Ph.D.in Science Education. He has years of experience teaching in the field about the ecology, geology, wildlife and plants of Oregon and the Pacific Northwest that add to his guiding program.