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 was too small and light making it hard to read. That’s definitely been rectified in this issue with a larger, darker typeface.
My only nitpick is the matte paper it’s printed on. Matte may make it somewhat easier to read the typeface (by reducing glare) but it also betrays the quality of the pictures. There is some really good photography in this issue but the matte finish makes the pictures seem slightly faded, losing their pop. If Tenkara USA is taking suggestions for the next issue, I’d vote for glossy paper next time around.
Overall, I thought this was a good issue with contributions from lots of well-known names in the tenkaraverse as well as the mainstream fly fishing community. To me, seeing more and more print publications just reinforces my conviction that even though tenkara is simple, there is always more to say about it.
Oh, and by the way, don’t forget to check out my short article “Thinking Outside the Fly Box” on page 56. Get your copy here
I’m looking forward to getting mine too Jason. Thanks for reminding me to order it.
is what the magazine tenkara usa is available for sending in France
I believe Tenkara USA will ship the magazine internationally.
Jason thank you for your answer
Please keep your racist comments and thoughts to yourself. They are inappropriate and not appreciated. Tenkara had, and will always have had, it’s roots in Japan. That’s a fact. If you can’t accept that there will be references to Japanese culture, etc., then don’t pollute Jason’s excellent forum with your poisoned rantings.
Hello Timmy… Consider those who choose to experience the practices, art, foods, etc., of other cultures as seeking education, enjoyment, and heritage that are truly unique to them. That said, rather than label them as wannabes, why not consider some alternatives such as wanna-learners, wanna-enjoyers, and/or wanna-unique-seekers, etc.?
On another note, if you review historical documents you will find that fishing with simply a stick, string and hook has eventually been utilized by most cultures. Therefore, I respectfully suggest your disappointments are more concerned with economics than the recreational pursuits of those who choose to enjoy Tenkara fishing.
Haven’t gotten the new one yet – I need to do that.
As far as Timmy goes … I can only speak for myself – but I suspect there are others like me. I’ve had an interest in Japan for decades. It’s nothing that approaches the intense level interest that other Americans may have – but more casual. This interest precedes my tenkara interest by many years. I have to say my interest in Japan and it’s culture is not synthetic and not “wannabe” but it is merely that I find that I like many ideas, philosophies, art, etc.. that come out of Japan.
Had the Italian fixed line method, Pesca Alla Valsesiana, been introduced to America, and a start-up company began selling the gear and promoting the style – I suppose that many may suddenly be interested in obscure Italian fishing history and the culture that gave rise to it.
Rather than bashing others why not spend your energy in a positive way and become a promoter of one of the other fixed-line methods that comes from a culture that you find fascinating. It’s a free country and you are free to create your own company or your own movement based on whatever you like.
Criticism is easy – creation and action are not.
I would like to get one of those magazines one day. Now so far as your comment about the matte paper. I am a printer by trade and know for a fact a lot of the high end publications use matte paper “we” printers don’t like it much either it marks and scuffs like crazy when ya fold it, but if the pictures aren’t popping off the page that could be either by design, another fad we see a lot of, or not having enough ink on the paper. Gloss paper will not necessarily fix that issue, but for what it’s worth I agree. Use quality gloss stock. Thanks for your blog man I enjoy it very much.
Thanks Brian. Another thing to consider is if the cost of glossy might drive the price up too much.
Do you descend from American Indians? If not, your roots are completely European. Anybody in a free country should have the right to adopt other cultures, religions, sports, philosophies, etc. etc It makes oneself more open to get the best of all, by knowing and learning. That’s the spirit of America (not pejoratives like the ones you use, that’s not American, that’s racist.)
I love Tenkara, I even prefer it than the Western style of fly fishing, I’ve fish the latter style (British, by the way) for more years. Tenkara is simpler, and a more productive way of fishing trout.
And just like with all the other facebook groups he’s in, ban hammer.
I’ve never banned anyone from any Facebook group. TIMMY asked me to delete his comments so I did. Not sure what this is in reference to.