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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Passing the Baton
Jan14

Passing the Baton

As of today, I will be closing my store, http://www.thetenkarashop.com/. I have several reasons, but mostly, I just hate packing things up and going to the post office. Life is already complicated enough with a full time job and toddler, so I really just want to simplify and focus more on fishing and writing this blog. The good news is that Oni rods will be now be available through my good friend Anthony Naples on his site Three...

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Tenkara Magazine Vol. 2
Dec31

Tenkara Magazine Vol. 2

The second volume of Tenkara Magazine has just been published, further anchoring tenkara as an established form of fly fishing in the West. In 96 pages, this latest issue explores a wide spectrum of tenkara-related topics including presentation techniques, tenkara in Japan, trout cooking techniques, tenkara with kids, interviews with Japanese tenkara anglers, and more. One complaint some people had about volume 1 was that the print...

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New Oni Rods Specs & Prices
Mar10

New Oni Rods Specs & Prices

  I just got an email from Team Oni with the specs for the new 2014 Oni rods! There are three models with different actions designed for advanced casters, beginners, and even children. The big news is this year, there is a dramatic reduction in price. The top end rods are now only $271 USD and the beginner/children’s rod is $242. That puts them well below many high end mass-produced Japanese tenkara rods. Below is an image...

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Pimp your Tenkara Rod!
Jan11

Pimp your Tenkara Rod!

French company Tenkara Pyrenees recently announced that they are now offering personalized tenkara rods, allowing you to choose different graphics on the rod blank and tube. Each rod is also individually numbered and can feature your name, making it unique. The blanks are manufactured by a well-established Japanese tenkara rod maker and customized by a company called Katana Rods. Below is a video from Katana Rods showing some of the...

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Colorado: The Epicenter of Tenkara in the West?
Nov19

Colorado: The Epicenter of Tenkara in the West?

The other day, I was wondering where tenkara was most popular outside of Japan. I had a few suspicions and did some quick research on Google Trends to see if I could get any insights. What I found wasn’t shocking, but I must say I was pleased. According to Google Trends, the U.S. tops the list for overall interest in tenkara by country: And within the U.S., Colorado is #1 (with Utah as a close 2nd): Of course, this isn’t a...

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Masami Sakakibara’s World of Tenkara
Oct02

Masami Sakakibara’s World of Tenkara

Today, there was big news in the tenkaraverse. Tenkara master Masami Sakakibara (AKA “Tenkara no Oni”) launched a new, English website, unlocking a treasure trove of information about tenkara to the Western and English speaking world. The site is still under construction but already features a wealth of information including videos, posts, & articles directly from the master. For a long time, I have been following...

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