[Video] The Tenkara Guide Sling
Jan31

[Video] The Tenkara Guide Sling

Here’s a video of how I set up the Tenkara Guide Sling Pack from Zimmerbuilt to be my ideal carry system for tenkara fishing around Colorado. This pack was designed by the Tenkara Guides in Utah to be a tenkara-specific pack but could also be used for conventional fly fishing. How do you carry your tenkara...

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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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