Learn from the Bruce Lee of Tenkara
May11

Learn from the Bruce Lee of Tenkara

Masami Sakakibara (AKA Tenkara no Oni) is coming to the U.S. next month for the first ever Oni Tenkara School! In case you don’t know, Tenkara no Oni is widely regarded as the most skilled tenkara caster in the world and has a huge following in Japan. This is an unprecedented event and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn from a living legend (unless you want to travel to Japan). The class will focus on both intermediate...

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Fulling Mill Hooks
May10

Fulling Mill Hooks

I have to confess, I’d never heard of Fulling Mill hooks until I saw them on Anthony Naples’ site, Three Rivers Tenkara. There are a million hooks out there today and I’ve tried a lot of them–not just for tenkara, but for many other applications as well. I usually don’t get too excited about hooks because most of them are just doppelgängers. But these seemed somewhat unique, so I asked Anthony to send me...

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Does Tenkara Actually Catch More Fish?
May08

Does Tenkara Actually Catch More Fish?

This question isn’t new. In fact, it probably arose on day one when tenkara first hit the U.S. Over the years as I’ve watched tenkara go from an underdog in the flyfishing community to a tour de force, I’ve heard many anglers tout that its efficacy is what won them over. This got me to wondering–was it true for me? After more than 5 years, do I really catch more fish with tenkara than I did with my 4 or 5 wt.?...

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Nissin SP Pro Tenkara Line
May06

Nissin SP Pro Tenkara Line

Every time someone asks me to try out a new tapered tenkara line, I always say the same thing: “I’m a level-line guy”. But, because of my STGA (“Severe Tenkara Gear Addiction), I always accept, and am always reminded of how easy tapered lines are to cast. So when Chris Stewart of Tenkara Bum asked me to try out the new Nissin SP Pro line, it was the same old story. The SP pro is a multi-strand fluorocarbon line...

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Fishing Fiascos
May03

Fishing Fiascos

A few weeks ago, I went fishing with my good friend Dennis Vander Houwen. Neither of us had been out in a while so we were really looking forward to a much-needed day on the water. Everything started off fine–we were in good spirits, the weather was good for February–all indications pointed to smooth sailing and a great day of fishing. But both of us agreed on one thing: we were sick of fishing Clear Creek and Bear Creek...

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The Heraclitus-fly Approach
Apr18

The Heraclitus-fly Approach

I’ve mentioned on many occasions that I don’t adhere to the tenkara “one fly” approach simply because I would quickly get bored tying the same pattern over and over again. To me, fly tying is as much fun as fly fishing and the monotony would ruin one of my favorite aspects of the sport. So, since I started my tenkara career, I’ve been more of an “any fly” angler, tying on whatever strikes my...

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