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After School Special

A Story in Photos by Stephen Langford
Photos by Rob, Mark, & Stephen Langford

This set comes from what we now call an “After School Special” with Pops (our dad). My brother and I were fortunate enough to venture into one of my dad’s coveted fly fishing spots with him (after one of his days teaching). What a time we had. So much action. So many takes. The hardest part was setting the hook and netting them before they wriggled off of the fly. It was wild how many bites we were getting. 

After School Special - Stephen Langford - Tenkara Angler - Casting
After School Special - Stephen Langford - Tenkara Angler - Brown Trout

Thankfully we were all able to net some in the double-digit range! Nothing larger than the three fourteen-inchers between the three of us, except the one that got away from Mark due to poor netting by his brother… whoops! That one had to be in the fifteen or sixteen-inch range. We’ll be back for him/her later! 

After School Special - Stephen Langford - Tenkara Angler - Fly Box
After School Special - Stephen Langford - Tenkara Angler - Grip & Grin
After School Special - Stephen Langford - Tenkara Angler - Release

No matter the amount or size of fish caught, it’s always an absolute treat to be in the water with family and tenkara fishing together. Something I look forward to doing more of. 

Thanks Pops for sharing your secret spot and knowledge!

After School Special - Stephen Langford - Tenkara Angler - Rainbow Trout

Gear Notes:

“On this outing we used the Tenkara USA Sato and Amago, both with 4.5 level line and a dry/dropper rig of a Chubby Chernobyl over a Pheasant Tail nymph.”


Stephen Langford is an athletic trainer and photographer. While visiting back home in Colorado, I jumped at the opportunity to go out tenkara fishing with my dad and brother. My dad introduced me to tenkara a few years ago and now it is one of our favorite pastimes together. If you want to check out my photography, you can head to srlmediaproductions or @srl_media on Instagram.

This article originally appeared in the Winter 2021-22 issue of Tenkara Angler magazine.

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