An Editorial Update…

Hello Tenkara Angler family!

Yes, I said family. The one thing I’ve found over the years is that the tenkara and fixed line community is generally a tight knit group. We’re a quirky bunch that shares the affinity of fishing without reels. And while we’re very good at poking fun at (and sometimes irritating) each other, we don’t let anyone else toss any shade our way. Just like siblings.

With that said, you’ve probably noticed that it’s been kind of quiet around here lately. Especially after the flurry of daily posts, bi-weekly podcast episodes, and just relative activity that was prevalent over the summer. So what have your weird cousins Jason, Matt, & Mike been up to?

Matt… well Matt moved from Colorado back to the Midwest. Thought it was only right to give him his space to do so properly. Nobody needs to be worried about writing new blog posts about 6:4 flex ratios while they’re in the middle of a move. That said he did find a bunch of old Badger Tenkara prototypes in storage in the process, which inspired this short entry.

Jason’s probably been the busiest of us all. To his credit, he’s kept the social media arm of Tenkara Angler active on Facebook, with some really interesting photos and discussions. The kind of stuff that isn’t big enough for a standalone blog post, but is certainly compelling enough to post online in an abbreviated format. Check out a few of those HERE, HERE, and HERE.

He also chimed in with the “Leaf” post which certainly garnered a lot of attention. Oh, and he expanded the footprint of our Tenkara Angler apparel line too!

Me, well, to put it blunt, I just needed a break. Pulling all of the old magazine articles out of mothballs and converting them to daily blog posts… while also writing original content on a weekly basis just added up over time. (And was a heck of a lot of work!) Too much time at the computer at nights, while also spending the days online working my normal 9-to-5 remotely. Just not enough time actually living life. Or fishing for that matter! So I took that break.

Alright, what’s next?

Well, feeling a bit rejuvenated and after talking to Jason & Matt, we’ve got a few things in store that we think you may enjoy.

First, we’re in the middle of working on a little guide to help you with your holiday shopping. We’ve reached out to all of the top brands in tenkara… and some even decided to write us back! So keep an eye open for that post over the next week and a half, right before “Black Friday.”

Next, we’re going to get the Level Line Podcast up and running again. We’ve learned a lot from our first 4 installments and contemplated a few format changes in addition to just doing standard interviews. For example, a roundtable discussion on a specific topic… we just need to get some folks that want to talk to us. Or else it’ll just be Jason, Matt, & I talking to ourselves!

Finally, we’d like to open up another “call to action” for original article & photography submissions from the community. We had our Summer Showcase and our Fall Festival. It’s time for something Winter themed… look for a post outlining the specifics & deadlines soon. We might even attach a contest of some sort to this edition to encourage participation. We want to print your stories!

Anyway, I guess that’s about it for now. Or at least all I’m at liberty to share. Gotta keep some things a surprise, right?

So, in conclusion, look for some new posts starting next week. Your crazy fixed-line family is back, just in time for the holidays.

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  1. I love your description of us as a “quirky family”. We are quirky. But we’re also creative, inventive, imaginative, curious, diverse … I could go on and on with more adjectives but I think you get the point. I love the tenkara community and I’m reminded of that every time I go to conventional fly fishing sites. We have a bond secured by an esoteric sport. And that’s what keeps me a “tenkara angler”.

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