Tenkara Winter Series
Mar21

Tenkara Winter Series

I just got back from the Tenkara Winter Series event in Loveland, CO organized by Zen Fly Fishing Gear. I went with my good friend and early tenkara adopter Dennis Vander Houwen. Unfortunately, both of us had to be back in Denver fairly early in the day so we couldn’t stay for the full conference, but we did manage to get some mingling in and catch some great content. The crowd was intimate (but passionate) and the venue was...

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International Sportsmen’s Expo 2015
Jan18

International Sportsmen’s Expo 2015

Just off the heels of last week’s Denver Fly Fishing Show, today, I attended ISE 2015 at the Colorado Convention Center. For those of you not familiar with this show, it’s massive. To give you an idea, the floor plan puts the catacombs beneath Paris to shame: Whereas I was really please with tenkara presence at the Fly Fishing show, I was disappointed by the lack of it at ISE. Basically, Tenkara USA was the only booth that...

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Denver Fly Fishing Show 2015
Jan11

Denver Fly Fishing Show 2015

Yesterday, I made my annual pilgrimage to the Denver Fly Fishing Show and came away with two impressions. First, it was PACKED. In all the years I’ve been going, I’ve never seen a crowd this big. You had to fight just to make it through the aisles and I had to park a mile away. If fly fishing is a “dying industry” as many proclaim, you’d never know it by the attendance this year. Second, tenkara was much...

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Tenkara Swag
Oct05

Tenkara Swag

I don’t know what it is about trade shows or conferences, but they always seem to turn people into zombies scouring the convention center floor for freebies like vultures circling over road kill.  I’m no exception. And at this year’s Tenkara Summit, I managed to snag a few gems. The first was a Summit poster designed by Anthony Naples of Casting Around.  I’ll have to find a place to hang this in my fishing room...

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Tenkara Summit 2014
Sep28

Tenkara Summit 2014

I just returned from the 2014 Tenkara Summit in Boulder. This only the second Summit I’ve attended but I was amazed not only by the turnout, but by how strong our community has grown.  We may have our squabbles on social media from time to time, but at the Summit, it’s pure camaraderie with people trading stories, swapping flies, and having a good laugh over drinks. These gatherings really make me feel proud to be part of...

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Tenkara Presentation to the Poudre Wilderness Volunteers
Apr28

Tenkara Presentation to the Poudre Wilderness Volunteers

This weekend, I gave a tenkara presentation to a group from the Poudre Wilderness Volunteers organization in Rocky Mountain National Park.  I give a fair number of tenkara presentations but this one was particularly fun! We started out on the Fall River near the alluvial fan.  I thought that would be a good place to accommodate a big group of people.  Unfortunately, the stream was still pretty iced over and it was so windy, it was...

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Tenkara Presentation at the Fly Fisher’s Club of Colorado
Nov27

Tenkara Presentation at the Fly Fisher’s Club of Colorado

Last Wednesday, I had the privilege of giving a tenkara presentation to the Fly Fisher’s Club of Colorado at their monthly dinner. The event was held in the prestigious University club of Denver and if you’re wondering why I wasn’t wearing my signature baseball cap and Jeans, it’s because the club has a strict dress code. While it felt weird to hold a tenkara rod in my hands while wearing business attire, it...

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Tenkara Outing in Rocky Mountain National Park
Oct22

Tenkara Outing in Rocky Mountain National Park

I just got back from the Colorado tenkara outing and am happy to report we had a great turnout!  About 15 people showed up with a diverse mix of skill levels–everything from complete fishing novice to experienced fly angler tenkara converts. Daniel Galhardo from Tenkara USA gave several on-stream demos of tenkara techniques and busted a lot of myths about tenkara.  I took a fair amount of video of his demonstrations and will...

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