Happy New Year!

Let’s go fishing!

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For real. Throw all those flies you’ve been tying in your box, grab your rod and line, and whether it’s solo, or even with that fishing buddy who gives you a hard time about your “fancy cane pole,” let’s make 2017 full of tenkara memories.

See you on the water!

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Video: Tenkara “Do” Profile Of Yuzo Sebata

There was a wonderful profile of Japanese tenkara Master, Yuzo Sebata posted to the FishingVision.tv website the other day. Translated into English, the 20-minute video takes us on stream with Sebata-san, and gives us insight into his background as an angler & naturalist.

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It’s a very interesting watch if you have not already viewed it.

Note: Some people have issues viewing this video on their mobile devices. If you encounter the same issue, most are able to view on a laptop/desktop by visiting THIS LINK.

Tenkara USA Sato “5-Way Zoom” Hack

One of my “New Year’s Resolutions” for 2017 is to make this blog that accompanies Tenkara Angler a bit more lively. Make it a place to share some of the goings on that happen during the 3 months between issues, providing more value to our subscribers. Even though it’s not January yet, figure there’s no time like the present.

On that note, Dave Blackhurst (@tenkarautah) shared this interesting Tenkara USA Sato “hack” on Instagram yesterday, one I don’t think I’ve seen before. I asked him if I could share it here, and he graciously agreed.

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“I fish the triple zoom Sato Rod from Tenkara USA – this is a great rod that can be fished at 10′, 11′ and 12′. This is great for almost all waters but for the really small creeks with lots of over hanging branches I use to carry a smaller rod. If you want to carry only one rod for all your waters try this tip.

Go to the hardware store and buy a 5/16 rubber o-ring for 59 cents and place it on the main segment when getting started. You can leave it there when not using it. Now if you want to fish the rod at 7′ or 8′, just insert the ring between those segments and the main segment like the pic above and it will create a pressure tension that will hold the rod in place. Now you’ll have a rod that can be fished at 5 different lengths. Super easy and quick to change out.

I only use this technique on very small water. I have had no casting problems with short level lines and the fish in those creeks won’t increase any breakage because they are usually small trout. If the river can handle a longer rod that is what you should use. Tenkara is much more effective when you can use the longest rod possible.”

Tenkara Angler Note: “Hacking” or using a rod in a way unintended by the manufacturer may void the warranty. While replacement parts for tenkara rods are generally inexpensive, please proceed at your own risk.

Merry Christmas From Tenkara Angler!

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Merry Christmas to all of the readers of Tenkara Angler magazine!

Hope you are all enjoying a wonderful holiday season, and that “Tenkara Santa” left you some line, spools, flies, or maybe even a new rod in your stocking!

Be safe, and looking forward to seeing you on the water in 2017!

Tenkara Santa artwork is courtesy of Jim Tignor and appears in the Winter 2016-17 issue of Tenkara Angler. To view (or purchase) Jim’s work, please visit him on Instagram or his Imagekind web store.

The Winter 2016-17 Issue of Tenkara Angler Is Live!

I’m pleased to announce the Winter 2016-17 issue of Tenkara Angler magazine has hit the virtual newsstands!

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I’m not 100% sure, but I think this is the largest group of contributors to date. Twenty-four different submissions in all, with a great mix of new names, and usual suspects.

Being a winter issue, there’s a really nice mix of content to keep your fishing juices flowing, even if it’s frozen outside. Fly tying recipes, tips to stay warm on-stream in the winter months, tactics to chase salmon and smallmouth, destination travel, an interview, a discussion on honoring the definition of tenkara, a hat shopping adventure, as well as thoughtful essays and playful art. Oh, and at least one typo I found, but *exhale* that’s okay. 🙂

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The Winter 2016-17 issue of Tenkara Angler magazine can be found for free online consumption via Issuu HERE, or for those of you that prefer something in-hand, for physical purchase HERE.

Happy Holidays!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Just wanted to give a big THANK YOU to everyone that has supported Tenkara Angler magazine this year. It’s amazing (& humbling) to see how well received this community-sourced project has become, and I’m really looking forward to bringing you more content in the future. The tenkara community rocks!

Tight Lines & Deep Bends,

Mike Agneta
(Amateur) Editor
Tenkara Angler Magazine

The Wintertime Blues Project

While the submission deadline was opened last week for the Winter 2016-17 issue of Tenkara Angler, I happened to find a file on my computer that brought me back in time a few years to a similar concept assembled by Anthony Naples, author of the Casting Around blog and proprietor of the Three Rivers Tenkara shop.

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The Wintertime Blues was originally published in 2013 and was a collaborative project involving fly fishing and tenkara-themed paintings, poetry, essays, photography, comedy, drama, etc… from 15 different contributors. You’ll find many of the names familiar.

Anthony was generous enough to put his copy of the The Wintertime Blues on loan to Tenkara Angler to publish for our subscribers in our “page flipping” e-reader Issuu format. Or you can also visit his blog Casting Around to download the free PDF.

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I’m certain those who did not originally see this magazine in 2013 will find it quite an enjoyable read, and those that did will enjoy the walk down memory lane.

Enjoy!