This contest has ended
Spring is upon us and for many, that means the beginning of trout season. So to celebrate, I’m giving away a little swag. To enter all you have to do is leave a comment below with your #1 tenkara tip to share with others. Winners will be chosen at random but there’s plenty to go around so give it a shot. Here are the prizes:
There will be 2 first-place winners of one Keeper fly box (pictured above) from Minimalist Gear Co. (accessories not included) This is a $60 value.
There will be 3 winners who get to deck out their pack with a supercool “Fixed-Line Freaks” pin-on button and some Tenkara Talk stickers.
The rest of you sorry sods just get my sorry stickers. 10 people can win this. One transparent window sticker and one water bottle/fly box/rod tube/ or whatever sticker.
Everything is 100% free and I will contact you to get your mailing address if my magic drawing robot selects you. His name is Steve. “Steve the Robot”. So don’t get mad at me if you don’t win. It was Steve’s fault. I look forward to hearing your tenkara tips or anything else you’ve learned from tenkara! Happy trout season!
Winners will be selected by March 21st, 2022
Concentrate on techniques first, play with patterns later.
When purchasing a new rod, go ahead and buy an extra tip section with it. You’ll probably end up having to replace a tip at some point. This is especially true if you are new to tenkara.
small loop of paracord on a cork + couple treasured kebari on it + shirt button hole = ulitmate minimalist rig !
When starting out, keep your line. Including tippet, no longer than the length of your rod. It will make line management easier, especially when landing fish.
When fishing so close to the fish, try to be calmer, try to camouflage yourself with nature and not make too fast movements =)
Don’t be scared to fish a long rod and compress a section or two when fishing tight water. Doing this will allow you to fish a 12’+ rod on the tightest of waters (small fish won’t break anything). 90% of the time you will benefit from the long rod and be more effective with Tenkara techniques on even the smallest of creeks.
Allow yourself to relax, the rest will fall into place.
Enjoy your time outside! Don’t get flustered with getting line stuck, not making the best cast or prefect presentation. The point is to get outside and have fun!
Casting is a fairly slow motion, let the line and rod set up the cast for you.
Super new to Tenkara, super new to fly fishing, love all these tips!! Keep them coming!
Dont forget your net in the car.. When your out in the woods on a tiny creek fishing for native brook trout with a super light setup and hook a 20 plus inch rainbow you will thank yourself when you reach up your back, feel that net and land that trout.. I reached up and felt nothing when I was in this situation last spring and ended up falling in the water, screaming alot of expletives and losing the trout… I did go back a couple days later with a net and catch the same trout… so I learned my lesson.. also dont forget tick protection, at least 6 or 7 close friends and family including my girlfriend and I ended up with lyme disease over the last 2 seasons in NW PA. mine was advanced enough to give me meningitis.. it’s really no joke, and a nightmare.. now I take precautions and dont bushwick as much, also wade most of the time and avoid walking overgrown trails… stay safe and have fun!
Give Tenkara a try. It doesn’t require a big investment. I have been fly fishing for 20 years and this has added a new and fun way for me to fish.