My first post on tenkara memes didn’t quite satiate my sense of the absurd, so I decided to create a few more. Whether they make you roll your eyes or bring a smile to your face, I hope they at least bring some levity to your Monday…
Well, now that Daniel has let the cat out of the bag that tenkara was a hoax all along, I have no choice to but to come clean and admit my role in the scandal. You see, I’ve been on the Tenkara USA payroll for years as part of a sophisticated network charged with spreading the lies. I’ve never actually fished with a tenkara rod. Truth be told, I’ve never even cast one. You might ask where all of the tenkara photos I post come from then. Well, it’s simple, really…Read More
I’m sure we all could use some levity lately so…take a shot every time…Read More
As I sit here looking at the aftermath of the recent snowstorm through my office window, I’m reminded of the cruel joke nature sometimes plays on anglers: the thwarting of fishing plans. You know, those days where you could go fishing, but the rivers are frozen over, or blown out. It’s a bitter irony and can be really depressing. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to keep your sanity on those days when Mother Nature has conveniently decided to make your local waters unfishable.Read More
Ah, memes. Those ironic, sarcastic, or dichotomous pictures with allegedly clever slogans overlaid upon them, or the over-the-top videos (think Gangnam style) that go viral overnight are all the rage right now. They dominate social media these says. I happened to see one related to tenkara today and thought, “why not bring tenkara down to this level?’. So here are a few memes I created. I doubt any of them will go viral, but some might be good for a little laugh…Read More
A few months ago, I bought my dream car: a Jeep Wrangler. So what makes it a “tenkaramobile”? Well, first and foremost, it is the vehicle that will transport me to all of my future tenkara adventures. But there are a few other tweaks I’ve made to “tenkara-ize” it.Read More
I recently read an article in which a spokeswoman from the NY Department of Environmental Conservation stated that tenkara fishing on fly fishing only waters is technically illegal in her state since the law dictates the use of a “traditional” fly rod, fly reel, and fly line. “Traditional”? That’s odd, isn’t it? People have been fly fishing without a reel more than ten times longer than they have been with a reel. Apparently, in New York State though, “traditional” means something that has been used for less than two hundred years or so. Anything that predates that just isn’t “traditional”. At any rate, it seems that other state regulations may pose the same problem for tenkara anglers. So I thought it might be helpful for those of you fishing in states where tenkara doesn’t fall under the legal definition of “fly fishing” to learn how to avoid those hefty fines or jail time–essentially, how to become a Tenkara outlaw…Read More
It wasn’t supposed to be like this. I came from a good family. I grew up fishing dry flies with bamboo rods on spring creeks. I learned all the latin names of aquatic insects and could tie patterns that imitated them right down to the last abdominal gill. I filled Wheatly after Wheatly with beautifully intricate flies made from exotic feathers and fur of animals most people never even heard of. But somewhere along the line, something went terribly, terribly wrong.Read More
I’ve always been a fan of the “S**t People Say” video series and thought it would be fun to make one about tenkara. Special thanks to TenkaraTalk readers Phil Echelman, Joe Egry, and Kevin Fricke for being in the video. WARNING: This video contains adult language.
After a humiliating day on the water being outfished by bait fishermen, I had an epiphany. I’ve decided that I’m giving up tenkara. It was fun while it lasted but after seeing these guys outfish me ten to one with worms and corn, I can’t see any reason why I’d stick with a “cane pole version of fly fishing” when live bait catches so many more fish. Let’s face it, bait works and tenkara is for jerks! So, I’m selling off all my tenkara gear and dusting off the old spinning rod and bait bucket. Effective immediately, I’ll also be retooling the site.
Ladies and gentlemen…allow me to introduce:
That’s right. No more sakasa kebari, yamame, or other funny Japanese words. From now on, it’s just straight talk about the best way to fish worms, minnows, crayfish, and dough balls. Thanks to all my loyal fans who followed TenkaraTalk over the years and I hope you’ll enjoy BaitTalk just as much. So put down that silly 13 ft. cane pole and grab your snelled hooks. Join me on a journey of fishing the way it was meant to be–staring at a bobber for four hours while drinking Pabst Blue Ribbon.Read More
A long time ago, I wrote a post about five common tenkara myths and busted them. With all that’s been written about tenkara since then, I still find it amusing when people tweet statements like this:
Let’s carry that statement to its logical conclusion, shall we?
- 4 weight rods are a joke because you can’t land sailfish with them
- Weighted nymphs are a joke because they don’t float when fish are feeding on the surface
- Spey rods are a joke because they don’t fish well in small, brushy streams
Yep, tenkara is a joke. It won’t even wash your car for you either. ;)
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