Summer Cover Contest & Deadline Extension

Cover Contest

Hey… haven’t done this in a few years, but thought I’d open up a last minute cover photo contest for the Summer 2019 issue of Tenkara Angler magazine.

All you need to do to enter is email a high resolution photo (best you’ve got) to, using the subject line “COVER CONTEST.” Preferably, the photo is “portrait” (vertical) in nature, and not “landscape” (horizontal), but it is not necessary. Photos of landscapes, anglers, fish releases, you name it.  Even if you’re not selected for the cover, I’ll still include in the magazine in a special contest article. The deadline for the cover contest will be Saturday, June 22nd.

The winner of the contest will win some surprise tenkara swag – which I’ll say is valued at more than a couple flies, but less than an Oni Type I rod. 🙂

Oh, and also, I had a few people contact me asking for a few more days on the content submission deadline for the Summer issue (it was last Friday), so figured I’d give the same courtesy to all since I have plenty in which to get started. As such, I’ve extended the general submission deadline another week – Friday, June 14th for the Summer issue.

So, if you have any photos, trip reports, stories, gear reviews, product announcements, artwork, whatever… as long as it’s tenkara, fixed-line, or conservation related from the past few months of fishing, send ’em in, would love to include in the next issue. Details can be found in this link.

Good luck, and looking forward to seeing those cover photo candidates!

Summer 2019 Issue Call For Submissions

Surveying social media over the past few weeks, I couldn’t help but notice the increase in awesome tenkara posts by people that are out getting in some early season fixed-line fishing. As such, I wanted to take the opportunity today to remind everyone that the submission period for the Summer 2019 issue of Tenkara Angler is officially open.


While it’s never technically closed, I like to make these posts about a month prior to the deadline, in this case June 7th, 2019.

As always, this issue should reflect the interests of the tenkara community at large, so as long as the content is tenkara, fixed-line, or conservation themed, all is fair game.

Submissions can be sent to, and more information on the submission process can be found HERE.

Tenkara Angler is Now on YouTube

It’s a little bit overdue, but I finally got around to creating a YouTube channel exclusively for Tenkara Angler magazine.

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In the past, I’ve stored videos that accompanied magazine articles on my personal YouTube account, but figured now was a good time to finally split those out. Not only will it keep all the tenkara & fixed-line fly fishing content in one place, but perhaps it might become a vehicle for some additional unique content in the future, such as a VLOG (no promises).

So if you’re a YouTube streamer, please feel free to visit & subscribe to Tenkara Angler HERE.

(Oh, and if you have any comments for what you might like to see on the YouTube channel in the future, please feel free to speak up in the comments below!

The Spring 2019 Issue of Tenkara Angler is Now Live!

OMG it took so long to finish… but I’m happy to announce that the Spring 2019 issue of Tenkara Angler magazine is live!


One part procrastination and one part vacation won out immediately following this deadline, but please don’t let the extra week or so beyond the normal publishing date deter you from diving in.

The contributions were pretty interesting this go-round, with not quite as many contributors, but still 120 pages of content. There are several profiles and interviews in this one, including features on Bill Holleran (by yours truly), Paul Gaskell (by Adam Trahan), & Discover Tenkara (by David West Beale).

In addition, you’ll find some destination fishing pieces by Rory Glennie & Karin Miller, gear articles by Tom Davis, Chris Hendriks, and Tristan Higbee, a fly swap recap from members of the Appalachian Tenkara Anglers, essays from Adam Rieger and Nick Pavlovski, and finally, a profile in yellow perch from Jim Wright.

Definitely a lot of variety.

Spring 2019 Viewer

As usual, the Spring issue will be available as an e-magazine over at Issuu, HERE.

And also available for sale as a physical magazine and PDF download in the Blurb bookstore, HERE. (I’m not going to pretend, the physical copy is pretty expensive this time around due to the amount of pages, so you may want to go the PDF route).


Region Fishing Debuts Four New Tenkara Rods

Region Fishing has recently introduced four new tenkara rods to complement their current line up of fly fishing rods, apparel, and accessories.

Owner Mark Yamasaki was drawn to tenkara a few years ago, citing a love for the simplicity and the ability to effectively fish small water, as well as the capacity to introduce new anglers to fly fishing without a lot of complexity.

The four rod Region line is as follows:


Note: All rods are currently being at an introductory price lower than what is listed below from now until May 1st…

Flat Tops – $64.99 MSRP
9’ fully extended with a durable composite handle. This is the “blue-lining” / backpacking model. It’s described as “fast action” to assist in casting line.

Bard Creek – $89.99 MSRP
12’ fully extended with a cork handle. This all-arounder is great for many different fishing applications. Range’s “favorite rod,” it’s described as perfect for someone wanting to get into tenkara fishing.

Wilson Creek Zoom – $119.99 MSRP
A convertible 10’-11’ rod that is designed for smaller creeks or ponds. It allows you to fish and adjust on lengths upon encountering brushy areas. Recommended for beaver ponds and small creeks.

Black Foot Zoom – $129.99 MSRP
A convertible 13’-14’ rod made for big rivers or lakes. This large water rod has two settings that allows for extra reach to out to pocket water currents.


Region’s line of tenkara rods are constructed using Japanese high modulus carbon fiber and a proprietary resin, which allows for an extremely lightweight rod that delivers precise presentation and extreme sensitivity. The rods carry a 2-year warranty from manufacturers defects, and repairs are “extremely reasonable.”

For more information on these rods, visit the Region Fishing website.


The Spring 2019 Issue is ALMOST Here…

About a week from taking the Spring 2019 issue of Tenkara Angler live. Only a few more articles to format, a weekend of fishing upcoming, then hopefully soon after I can hit “publish.” This issue is kinda interesting, not so much the “nitty-gritty” of tenkara; it’s more stories, interviews, a behind-the-scenes, and some items that might compliment your tenkara fishing, such as a primer on ultralight backpacking.

Anyway, stay tuned… and perhaps this gorgeous photo from Tristan Higbee will hold you over until then…


Kickstarter: Nirvana on the Fly Tenkara Line Holder

NOTE: The Kickstarter has ended, but these line spools are now available HERE

With over 100 “backers” in hand, you’re probably already aware of this tenkara line holder Kickstarter from NIRVANA On The Fly, but I figured it would be worth mentioning here as well, just in case there’s some that might have been on Spring Break vacation last week (like me) when the program launched.


These spools may look somewhat familiar to the discontinued Raji Leica Oni spools that were popular a few years ago and are now somewhat hard to find. While I’ve fluctuated on which line holder I preferred, I think overall, those were my favorite spools to use, they just seemed to have the best combination of low profile and ability to firmly hold the line. I’ve tried (and still use) many other solutions as well – the blue Meiho spools, generic foam wheels, Fuji EZ keepers, the Tenkara USA Keeper, handmade wooden holders, and plastic line cards – but always seem to come back around to the Leica spools.

Upon early inspection (I was sent a sample of both sizes of NIRVANA holders for review), they function much like the Leica spools, which is definitely a good thing. I won’t bore you with a ton more detail, as the video in the link above is self-explanatory, and Jason Klass did an extensive write-up over at Tenkara Talk I suggest you also check out.

As primarily a level line tenkara angler, I’m happy to see one of the options is an extra-thin, 7mm model with a very low profile. While way slimmer than other spools, it’s a bit more substantial than a plastic line card. I’ve always wanted to like plastic line cards since they are super-thin, but level lines seemed to want to wiggle off the perforated tabs.

NIRVANA On The Fly Line Holder vs. Plastic Line Card

Fortunately for you, the NIRVANA On The Fly Kickstarter is already “funded,” so you’re guaranteed to get the reward you select. At time of this post, there were still more than 20 days to act on this initial offering.

(I picked up 8 of the extra-thin line holders for personal use – $20 was just too good a deal to pass up).