Fishing Fiascos
May03

Fishing Fiascos

A few weeks ago, I went fishing with my good friend Dennis Vander Houwen. Neither of us had been out in a while so we were really looking forward to a much-needed day on the water. Everything started off fine–we were in good spirits, the weather was good for February–all indications pointed to smooth sailing and a great day of fishing. But both of us agreed on one thing: we were sick of fishing Clear Creek and Bear Creek...

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The Heraclitus-fly Approach
Apr18

The Heraclitus-fly Approach

I’ve mentioned on many occasions that I don’t adhere to the tenkara “one fly” approach simply because I would quickly get bored tying the same pattern over and over again. To me, fly tying is as much fun as fly fishing and the monotony would ruin one of my favorite aspects of the sport. So, since I started my tenkara career, I’ve been more of an “any fly” angler, tying on whatever strikes my...

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Fujino Tenkara Line
Apr07

Fujino Tenkara Line

A couple of weeks ago, Chris Stewart from Tenkara Bum told me about a new line he was thinking of carrying. It was a nylon tapered line similar to those used in conventional fly fishing. This type of tapered line is nothing new in tenkara. There are many tapered nylon lines available today such as the Fujino Soft Tenkara that I’ve already reviewed. But two things intrigued me about this one: First, it was a “hard”...

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Discovering Tenkara DVD: Japanese Kebari Patterns & Principles
Mar29

Discovering Tenkara DVD: Japanese Kebari Patterns & Principles

I just finished watching volume 2 of the DVD series from Discover Tenkara: “Discovering Tenkara: Japanese Kebari Patterns & Principles”. When I heard of the video’s release, I had pretty low expectations. I thought, “just what the world needs … another video showing you how to tie the exact same flies 500 other videos on YouTube have already shown.” After all, how many times do you need to see a...

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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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