Memorial Day Weekend 2016

As Memorial Day weekend is upon us, I wanted to share a wonderfully written article from the Spring 2016 issue of Tenkara Angler by Isaac Tait.

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The article speaks for itself.

Enjoy your Memorial Day Weekend, and whether you’re at the beach, a BBQ, or hopefully out fishing, please remember to give pause to honor those brave heroes that made the ultimate sacrifice.



Tenkara Rod Co. + Proof Eyewear Collaboration Sunglasses

Tenkara Rod Co. has released another product collaboration, this time with Proof Eyewear, a company that specializes in high-end sustainable wood-framed eyewear.


Retailing at $150, these limited edition polarized sunglasses also come with an accessory sunglass/fly wallet, complete with 3 woolly buggers.

Previous Tenkara Rod Co. collaborations have been with such other notable brands as & Topo Designs.

Distinction Magazine: Tenkara & Tom Sadler

Nice article by Tim Eberly on tenkara and guide Tom Sadler. It’s a brief read, but always enjoyable to see familiar faces in print. Having met Tom more than a handful of times, I can tell you he’s one of the good guys.

Photo: Nick Swingle / Distinction

Distinction magazine is a Hampton Roads, Virginia magazine featuring local culture, dining, style, & more…


Dueling Tenkara Podcasts

Appears there was a bit of podcast trading going on over the last week or so between Daniel Galhardo’s Tenkara Cast and Tom Rosenbauer’s Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast.

If you really want to geek out on tenkara this weekend, you can listen to Rosenbauer making a guest appearance on the Tenkara Cast


…and/or Galhardo making a guest appearance on the Orvis Podcast

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Happy listening!

Art: I Dream Of Flies

One of the “new to me” vendors at the recent Midwest Tenkara Fest was I Dream of Flies, fly fishing art by Ken Jacobs.


The pictures above & below really don’t do Ken’s work with watercolors justice. They are beautifully vibrant recreations of familiar fly patterns with a unique visual twist. If you’re interested in seeing more of Ken’s work, links to his website & social pages are at the end of this post.


I Dream of Flies Website
I Dream of Flies Facebook
I Dream of Flies Instagram

Tenkara-ya: Sebata Furled Taper Tenkara Line

Tenkara-ya recently made limited quantities of lines produced by Yuzo Sebata available in their online store. This gives the tenkara angler the unique opportunity to fish a product not otherwise widely available outside of Japan.


From the Tenkara-ya website:

Known as “Tani no Okina (Old man of the valley)”, a living legend of genryu tenkara fishing, Yuzo Sebata is probably the most well-known tenkara master of Japan. When he was in his early 20s, he met “Nikko Tenkara method”, that was inherited by very limited number of mountain people secretly. He mastered Nikko Tenkara the end of the struggle, and subsequent years of mountain stream fishing career and practices he has developed that method by himself. Long furled taper line called “Sebata Line” and his kebaris called “Sebata Kebari” are especially famous.

The characteristic of Sebata Line is its flexibility and weight distribution. The line is furled with 4 to 6 supple nylon lines, and it has good weight for casting. You can cast the line very comfortably with 6:4 or 7:3 tenkara rods. This exquisite weight distribution and flexibility of the line does not allow the follow-up of other products.