Hooks from Japan!
Jan19

Hooks from Japan!

Today, I got the best piece of mail I’ve gotten in a long time.  Japanese tenkara angler Hiroyuki Hasegawa (known as @kebarer on Twitter and Che Kebarer on Pinterest) sent me a great assortment of Gamakatsu and Owner hooks, plus a few surprises… Hiroyuki and I exchange a lot of tweets about tenkara (some serious, some not so serious) and one day we got to talking about hooks.  I told him I have tried some Japanese hooks...

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New Year’s Tenkara Resolutions
Dec31

New Year’s Tenkara Resolutions

It’s that time again when we’re all supposed to make a list of things we want to accomplish in the new year.  Instead of making the cliche list of resolutions that people never achieve like losing weight, quitting smoking, or exercising more, I’m going to make a more attainable list about things I actually want to accomplish.  So, here goes… Learn more about traditional tenkara techniques.  As I wrote in an...

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Random Tenkara Stuff
Dec19

Random Tenkara Stuff

Nothing big to write about today–just a few glimpses of what’s going on at Tenkara Talk headquarters… Tenkara USA Hemostats and Nippers     I recently got a chance to try out the Tenkara USA Hemostat and Line Nipper combo.  At first glance, they don’t seem remarkable. They look just like any forceps and line nipper and perform their unglamorous (though necessary) functions dutifully. They both have a...

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American Tenkara Museum
Dec04

American Tenkara Museum

  Today, I got the first ever TenkaraUSA print catalog in the mail.  Daniel was kind enough to not only autograph it for me, but also write a nice message.  This is a truly special item and as soon as I opened it, it reminded me of something I’ve been thinking about for quite some time–establishing a tenkara museum.   It might seem too early to start thinking of dedicating a museum to something that’s only...

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Hoppers, 5.5 X Tippet, and Random Stuff
Oct01

Hoppers, 5.5 X Tippet, and Random Stuff

I’m heading back to Rocky Mountain National Park Sunday for what might be my last chance to catch the hopper frenzy on the Big Thompson.  In anticipation, I tied up half a dozen foam hoppers as per John Rumney’s design.  In general, I’m not a big fan of foam but I have to admit it makes a very effective hopper pattern that is easy to tie, floats well, and is durable.   I deviated a little from the original...

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