4 Simple Hacks that Improved my Chest Pack
May05

4 Simple Hacks that Improved my Chest Pack

Right out of the box, I loved my Fishpond San Juan chest pack.  I’ve had it for about 2 years now and during that time, I’ve discovered a few tricks that make this great pack even better.   1.  Added an External Tippet Dispenser   I wanted a way to be able to pull out tippet material without having to dig through a pocket so I came up with a very simple DIY dispenser (learn how to make your own here).  Now,...

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The Tenkara Strap Pack
Jan06

The Tenkara Strap Pack

Tenkara USA recently introduced their first minimalist fishing pack and I got one this weekend at the Denver Fly Fishing Show.  Here is a brief review… The pack immediately reminded me in many ways of a UL pack I designed years ago called the Trico.  It’s compact, lightweight, and designed to be carried multiple ways, but the Tenkara USA Pack is made of Gridstop Dyneema that is much more durable than the 1.5 oz. nylon I...

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RIBZ – a Great Pack for Tenkara

The RIBZ front pack is a very versatile pack for backpacking, hiking, skiing, and pretty much any outdoor pursuit.  I think it also makes a great pack for tenkara when you don’t need a full vest, but need to carry a little more than will fit in a chest...

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Giving the Vest a Second Chance
Sep06

Giving the Vest a Second Chance

Long before I started fishing tenkara, I had given up on wearing a vest.  I guess one day I finally had enough of the heavy, bulky, and hot garment holding me back like a straightjacket.  I didn’t use 90% of the stuff I carried in its multitude of pockets anyway so why carry it?  I decided to pare down to just a couple of fly boxes, a few tippet spools, and ditch anything that I didn’t use on a regular basis and switched...

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Sneak Preview: TraiLite Designs Stream Pack
May21

Sneak Preview: TraiLite Designs Stream Pack

  I just got word that the newly redesigned Stream Pack from TrailLite Designs will be available next week on the Tenkara Bum website.  If the name TrailLite Designs sounds familiar, it’s probably because you know them as the creator of the Ebira Rod Quiver–an ingenious tenkara accessory which happens to have been named by yours truly. The new design replaces the previous “sleeve” rod holders with cords...

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Bass Pro Shops White River Gear Bag Review

  I finally decided to replace my 15-year-old Orvis gear bag with something a little more modern and technical.  At my local Bass Pro Shops, I found the White River gear bag–a feature packed bag that is perfect for tenkara as well as other types of fly fishing.  After comparing it to several other bags, this was the best gear bag for the money and so far, it has exceeded my expectations. PLEASE READ:  Before you say a gear...

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Fishpond San Juan Chest Pack Review

I have been using the Fishpond San Juan chest pack for a while now on a variety of streams and really like it for tenkara fishing.  I couldn’t find one locally, but luckily, Colorado Skies Outfitters (my local fly shop here in Parker) was cool enough to pick one up from their distributor and got me one within 24 hours.  That was great customer service!  Here’s a video of what I like and don’t like about the pack....

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What I carry in my Ultralight Fly Fishing Pack

A lot of people have asked me what I carry in my pack for UL fly fishing and backpacking trips so I thought I’d do a quick video about it.  It’s called the Trico and I’d be curious to hear what others carry and see if it’s similar to my setup or what other gear you...

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The RIBZ Front Pack For Backpacking and Fly Fishing

As a semi-minimalist who likes to combine outdoor sports (yeah, you guessed it:  backpacking and fly fishing), I’m always on the lookout for multi-purpose gear to enhance my outings without adding a lot of bulk and weight.  Enter the RIBZ front pack.  Wear it up the trail to balance out your load and make your pack feel lighter, use it as a summit pack or for day hikes from base camp, or make it your fly vest on backpacking...

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The Trico Ultralight Fly Fishing Pack

This is the pack I always dreamed of that didn’t exist.  Available here....

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The Ebira Rod Quiver

The Ebira is a rod quiver for tenkara fly rods such as Tenkara USA  rods and the Backpacking Light Hane.  It features a removable pocket to hold a fly box and tippet spools that can be accessed without taking the quiver off.  “Ebira” means “quiver” in Japanese and while they were traditionally worn over the left shoulder, this Ebira can be converted to both right and left handed use.  To learn more about the...

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