Tenkara Memes, Round 3
Mar09

Tenkara Memes, Round 3

It’s time for a third round of tenkara memes. In case you missed them, the first one was here and the second one was here.  Just having a little fun and hope you get a chuckle out of them.                      ...

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Tenkara Magic!
Feb01

Tenkara Magic!

Tenkara angler and magician Dennis Vander Houwen swung by the Tenkara Talk headquarters today (OK, technically my basement but “headquarters” just sounds so much more official) and wielded a little tenkara-related magic. If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to attach your sakasa kebari to your tippet without tying a knot, watch the...

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Finding Tenkara Sasquatch
Jan05

Finding Tenkara Sasquatch

Most people probably know Mike Agneta as the author of the wildly popular Troutrageous blog. But very few know that he is also one of the world’s preeminent authorities on Tenkara Sasquatch–an elusive bigfoot-like hominid thought to inhabit remote mountain areas and sustain itself by tenkara fishing. I wanted to know more about this fascinating creature so, naturally, I turned to Mike to get some questions answered. Many...

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Clipped Hackle: End the Madness!
Oct10

Clipped Hackle: End the Madness!

It happens everyday.  A perfectly good fly is mercilessly mutilated by trimming down its hackle, leaving nothing but horrific, ungodly stumps of barbules.  These poor victims are scarred for life and nothing can reintegrate them back into mainstream fly box culture.  They become the “untouchables” of their fly box compartments. You might think hackle clipping isn’t a big problem but it’s actually very...

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10 Things Tenkara Anglers Never Say
Aug14

10 Things Tenkara Anglers Never Say

You might have seen my video about S**t tenkara anglers say.  But here are a few things they never say… 1.  Damn it!  I forgot my reel! 2.  I stepped on my line right as I was about to make the perfect cast! 3.  I hope I have enough backing. 4.  Do you wind left or right? 5.  I broke my rod.  It’ll be six weeks before I get the replacement. 6.  Three or four more false casts oughta do it! 7.  What’s the best fly line...

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Tenkara Memes Round 2
Apr08

Tenkara Memes Round 2

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…        ...

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My Role in the Tenkara Scandal
Apr01

My Role in the Tenkara Scandal

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...

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The Tenkara Drinking Game
Mar11

The Tenkara Drinking Game

  I’m sure we all could use some levity lately so…take a shot every time… A tenkara angler refers to a fly rod & reel as a “western” rod. Owl Jones refers to tenkara as “cane pole fishing”. There is a reported Tenkara Sasquatch sighting. Someone posts another post on “what is Tenkara?”. Someone else posts about how they’re sick of the whole “what is...

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10 Things to Do When you Can’t Go Fishing
Feb25

10 Things to Do When you Can’t Go Fishing

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...

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Tenkara Memes
Feb15

Tenkara Memes

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,...

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My Tenkaramobile
Nov03

My Tenkaramobile

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.     Tenkara License Plates   Much to the dismay of some current (and future) Colorado residents, I snatched up my tenkara vanity...

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How to be a Tenkara Outlaw
Apr26

How to be a Tenkara Outlaw

  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...

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Confessions of a Killer Bug Addict
Apr17

Confessions of a Killer Bug Addict

  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...

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S**t Tenkara Anglers Say

  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...

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I’m giving up on Tenkara
Apr01

I’m giving up on Tenkara

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...

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Tenkara is a Joke
Mar07

Tenkara is a Joke

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...

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Mr. Spock on Tenkara Fishing

Dr. Spock on Tenkara Fishing by:...

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Tenkara Fanatics: Arrest that Man!

Tenkara Fanatics: Arrest that Man! by:...

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Tenkara Fanatics: One Fly Approach to the Extreme

Here’s a little video I made just for fun. Hope you get a laugh out of it. Tenkara One Fly Approach by:...

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You Know You’re a Tenkara Addict When…
Jun18

You Know You’re a Tenkara Addict When…

  You know you’re a Tenkara addict when…   You can name more species of trout in Japanese than you can in English You wake up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat after having nightmares about losing your rod’s plug You feel personally insulted when someone refers to Tenkara as “dapping” Your entire fly tying kit consists of only some hooks, black thread, and brown rooster hackle Your...

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