Theo Bakelaar Talks Tenkara
Feb05

Theo Bakelaar Talks Tenkara

If you’re an American angler and love bead head flies, you have one man to thank: Theo Bakelaar. While bead head flies have been fished in Italy for as long as 100 years, Theo was the first person to introduce them to the United States, earning him the nickname “Mr. Goldhead”, and sparking a revolution in fly tying. Since then, Theo has become a world renowned angler, tier, and author. When I heard he also fishes...

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Daniel Galhardo on Tenkara Rod Design
Jan02

Daniel Galhardo on Tenkara Rod Design

I know a little about fly rod design from working in the industry for a few years. But the other day, it occurred to me that I know absolutely nothing about what goes into designing and building a tenkara rod. So out of curiosity, I turned to Tenkara USA founder Daniel Galhardo to get a few questions answered about how tenkara rods are made and what specific challenges they pose from a design perspective. What is the first step in the...

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Interview with Chris Stewart
Dec21

Interview with Chris Stewart

You won’t get far in your research on tenkara without coming across the Tenkara Bum website.  It’s one of the best resources for learning about tenkara and one of the most popular online stores with a wide range of gear. But many might not know much about the man behind it. Chris Stewart was one of the earliest adopters of tenkara in the U.S. and has since become a highly respected figure in the sport. He is also one of...

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Interview with Go Ishi
Jul25

Interview with Go Ishi

You may not have heard of Go Ishi, but you owe him a “thank you”.  He is a Japanese tenkara angler who has quietly been the “invisible hand” opening up a great body of tenkara knowledge to the English-speaking world. Ishi-san translated the English language version of Tenkara no Oni’s Tenkara World website, as well as my interview with Tenkara no Oni, and other tenkara resources.  Without his hard work,...

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Jason Borger on Tenkara
Feb05

Jason Borger on Tenkara

At this year’s Denver Fly Fishing Show, I caught up with Gary Borger after one of his presentations.  I asked him if he had tried tenkara.  He hadn’t, but told me that his son, Jason, had done quite a bit of tenkara.  So, I took Gary over to the Tenkara USA booth, let him wiggle a rod, and offered to send him one to try out.  I’m happy to report that he now has it in his hands and will likely review it this spring. ...

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Interview with Yoshikazu Fujioka
Jan23

Interview with Yoshikazu Fujioka

In my early reseach of tenkara, one of the first sites I came across was Trout and Seasons of the Mountain Village. The site has vast amounts of information on tenkara techniques, and streams and fish species in Japan. But I was particularly impressed with the vast collection of Japanese fly patterns there and to see how they varied by region. Yet I really didn’t know much about the site’s author, Yoshikazu Fujioka. But after recently...

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Interview with Eiji Yamakawa
Oct30

Interview with Eiji Yamakawa

Anyone who frequently visits the Tenkara USA forums has probably seen posts by someone named “Eddie”.  What some may not know is that “Eddie” is actually Eiji Yamakawa, an expert tenkara angler from Japan.  We first came into contact when he helped me get my Nissin Prosquare tenkara rod and we have kept in contact ever since.  But it was my privileged to meet him in person for the first time at the 2012 Tenkara...

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Interview with Tenkara no Oni
Oct22

Interview with Tenkara no Oni

I was ecstatic when Masami Sakakibara (AKA, “Tenkara no Oni”) recently agreed to do an interview with me.  Tenkara no Oni is not only a tenkara master but is known for his amazing casting style which is often referred to as “magical”.  He recently put up an English language website called Masami Sakakibara’s World of Tenkara which is an amazing resource filled with articles, blog posts, interviews, and...

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Have a Tenkara Question? Ask a Tenkara Master
Oct09

Have a Tenkara Question? Ask a Tenkara Master

I recently posted about Masami Sakakibara’s (AKA Tenkara no Oni) new English-language website and how it opened up a world of information to the western world.  Well now, I’m pleased to announce that Sakakibara-sensei has agreed to do an interview with me!  My first reaction was to send over a list of my own questions and just post his responses.  But then, I thought it might be more beneficial to the western tenkara...

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