4 Reasons to Fatten up your Flies
Aug22

4 Reasons to Fatten up your Flies

When I first started tying soft hackle flies, the conventional wisdom was that you should make the body as slender as possible. I practiced a lot to achieve perfectly smooth, anorexic bodies that were literally no more than a few silk strands thicker in diameter than the hook shank. They definitely worked great and were beautiful ties. But something seemed amiss. If “thinner was better”, why did more robust flies like the...

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Tenkara T-shirt Collection
Aug13

Tenkara T-shirt Collection

I had a philosophy professor in college that wore exactly the same thing every day: black pants, black shoes, a black t-shirt, and navy blue socks. Halfway through the semester, I couldn’t take it anymore. I had to ask, “why blue socks instead of black?” Everything else was black. He told me that his wife does all his clothing shopping and one day she bought a bunch of socks for him thinking they were black, but were...

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Persimmon Silk Cord from Tenkara Bum
Aug05

Persimmon Silk Cord from Tenkara Bum

When I first started tying tenkara flies on eyeless hooks, I thought I had found a goldmine once I discovered that silk bead cord was readily available on eBay in a myriad of colors. It took a little trial & error but I finally found what I considered to be the right diameter (#2) and I’ve been using that ever since. But I recently discovered that Chris Stewart over at Tenkara Bum is selling a silk cord that is not only...

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Three Rivers Tenkara
Jul24

Three Rivers Tenkara

A testament to tenkara’s continuing growth in the West, another new gear company has just entered the market. Online retailer Three Rivers Tenkara officially opened their e-doors on July 19th, 2014. The company was started by renowned blogger and avid tenkara angler Anthony Naples of Casting Around. Anthony was one of the earliest adopters of tenkara in the U.S. and is one of the most creative, insightful, and knowledgable...

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The Tenkara Cast: Episode 1
Jul22

The Tenkara Cast: Episode 1

Anthony Naples of Casting Around and I recently teamed up to start a new tenkara podcast series called “The Tenkara Cast”. In this first episode, we talk about a variety of topics that were submitted by friends and followers on social media. We had a great time doing the podcast and are planning on making it an ongoing monthly series so if there are any topics you’d like to see covered in the future, please leave a...

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Discovering Tenkara DVD
Jul21

Discovering Tenkara DVD

Whenever I see a new “introductory” tenkara video come out, I usually end up doing a lot of fast forwarding or make it about halfway through before calling it quits. Having fished tenkara for 5 years now, anything geared towards a beginner is usually focused on things I already know, so I get bored pretty quickly. But even though this DVD’s tagline is “An Introduction to Tenkara: Basics &...

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Zen Fly Fishing Gear Hybrid Tenkara Line
Jul14

Zen Fly Fishing Gear Hybrid Tenkara Line

I’m always interested in unique tenkara line designs and materials. Recently, a new line from Zen Fly Fishing Gear caught my attention. At first, it didn’t look like anything special. It was labelled “level line” on their site so I assumed it was just another orange fluorocarbon level line. But after Karin Miller from the company explained it to me, I realized these were anything but your typical “level...

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Moonlit Fly Fishing Katana Tenkara Line
Jul07

Moonlit Fly Fishing Katana Tenkara Line

I’ve recently been testing out a new furled tenkara line design from Moonlit Fly Fishing called the “Katana”. Normally, furled lines don’t really appear on my radar because many of them are so similar. Sure there are different tapers and materials, but for the most part, empirically, they feel the same to me. But I discovered the Katana is definitely a different animal thanks to a few unique design elements....

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Perseverance
Jul06

Perseverance

This weekend, my family and I rented a condo in Estes Park that’s right on the Fall River. It was really a family trip, not a fishing trip, but I took my tenkara gear anyway. I’ve been caught off guard too many times without a rod after stumbling on to easy fishing opportunities. So now, I take at least some gear with me wherever I go. This particular stretch of river by the condo isn’t exactly blue-ribbon water....

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Interview with Richard Kolodny
Jul02

Interview with Richard Kolodny

A couple of days ago, bamboo tenkara rod case maker Richard Kolodny came by Tenkara Talk H.Q. to show me some of his new designs. Richard is truly an artist and his cases (inspired by samurai sword sheaths) are simply gorgeous. I asked Richard to tell us a little more about their history and what goes into making them. You can learn more about his tenkara rod cases and see a video of how they’re made on his site, Flyfishing...

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John Vetterli on Tenkara in Japan
Jun21

John Vetterli on Tenkara in Japan

Fresh off the heels of his trip to Japan, John Vetterli of Tenkara Guides gives us a glimpse of what tenkara is like in its native country. I asked John 3 quick questions that highlight some of this differences and similarities between American and Japanese approaches to tenkara fishing. Jason: You recently returned from a trip to Japan where you fished alongside some of the world’s foremost tenkara anglers including Masami...

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Tenkara Reality
Jun15

Tenkara Reality

As whimsical as I’d like to portray tenkara, sometimes, you just get stuck in the trees. For more tenkara humor, click...

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The Picket Pin: A Good Fly For Tenkara
Jun11

The Picket Pin: A Good Fly For Tenkara

Over the centuries, countless fly patterns have been lost to history. Some have made brief resurgences in popular fly fishing culture, only to disappear and hibernate again, waiting for their next 10 seconds of fame. Still, it’s fair to say that there are probably dozens (if not hundreds) of once-popular patterns that modern fly anglers have never heard of. Perhaps it’s because the allure of using patterns with high-tech...

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Meiho FB-470 Fly Box
Jun09

Meiho FB-470 Fly Box

From Perrine to C & F to Wheatley, I either own or have used just about every brand, style or design of fly box out there. From the day I started fly fishing, I had an early fascination with fly boxes. My first one was some uninspired, mass-manufactured plastic compartment box that I think came with a Shakespeare rod & reel in bubble packaging from K-mart. Right away, I felt a lust for the much sleeker, sexier metal Wheatley...

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10 Things I Learned from a non-tenkara Outing
Jun08

10 Things I Learned from a non-tenkara Outing

It might not be accurate to call it a “non-tenkara” day. It might be better described as “the opposite of tenkara” or even “Bizarro World“. With all the local streams totally blown out, I decided to try to sneak in a quick fishing opportunity on a nearby lake. My family and I were planning to head to Breckenridge, CO for the weekend and rent a boat on Dillion Reservoir. So I figured, why not dust...

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Father’s Day Tenkara Gear Giveaway
Jun05

Father’s Day Tenkara Gear Giveaway

Father’s day is June 15th! To celebrate, I’m giving away a nice little package of tenkara swag. One lucky dad will receive a beautiful wooden oni line spool, a Team Oni patch, and a tenkara catch & release sticker! To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment below telling us about your favorite memory of fishing with either your dad or kid. The winner will be chosen at random by a cold, heartless number generator...

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New Tenkara Store!
Jun02

New Tenkara Store!

  You may have noticed I haven’t been posting much lately. It’s not because I haven’t been inspired or don’t have anything to write about. It’s because I’ve been working on a new project behind the scenes. I’d like to introduce you to The Tenkara Shop, my new online tenkara gear store! I’ll be the first to admit that the tenkaraverse probably needs another online retailer like a...

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Fujino Tapered Tenkara Line
May15

Fujino Tapered Tenkara Line

When I first started tenkara, I fished furled, tapered lines because they were easy to cast. The turnover was very good and loaded the rod well. But they are typically “heavy” and difficult to keep off the water when you want to make a good dead drift presentation. Eventually, I “graduated” to level fluorocarbon lines which were much lighter and easier to keep off the water. They made a great presentation, but...

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Tenkara no Oni’s Flies
May14

Tenkara no Oni’s Flies

I just got a care package from Japan from Masami Sakakibara (a.k.a. “Tenkara no Oni”) which included some of his flies. His patterns are simple, but very versatile and buggy looking. I’m not sure of all of the materials, but thought I’d share some pictures of the flies one of the greatest tenkara anglers in the world fishes with.         I’ll probably frame these the way I did with my...

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One-fly Focus
May05

One-fly Focus

  I’m not one of those tenkara anglers that only fishes one pattern. But I do only fish one fly at a time. There’s no idealogical reason behind it and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with fishing a dropper or even a cast of flies. In fact, I fished droppers for years before I started tenkara fishing and was a huge advocate of it. The reason I stopped is practical, not philosophical. I think there were...

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