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.Read More
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…Read More
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 pack.Read More
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 to a smaller chest pack. It was liberating and didn’t seem to have any impact on my ability to catch fish–only an impact on my comfort level. And while it’s been working well for me for several years, the other day, I decided it might be time to revisit the vest idea. I often like to reexamine ideas or techniques I’ve discarded in the past because I feel in order to evolve as an angler, it’s necessary to constantly reevaluate past experiences with fresh eyes and the benefit of new experiences. So, on my last fishing trip, I decided to don the vest again and see if it was something worth reconsidering or not.Read More
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.Read More
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 bag is “against tenkara” or isn’t “simple”, note that I do not carry this on the stream. I use it to organize my gear at home and leave it in my car in case people I’m introducing tenkara to need gear (or just want to try some different gear they don’t have).Read More
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.
What do you use to carry your tenkara tackle?Read More
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 carry.Read More
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 trips. The RIBZ front pack is a chameleon that can find a place in many of your various outdoor activities.Read More
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 Ebira, visit the Ebira page in the gear store.Read More