Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: A Step Toward Fly-Fishing Simplicity

Mainstream mentions of tenkara continue to spread, this time by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s coverage of the Midwest Tenkara Fest.

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Photo: Paul A. Smith / MJS

Check out the article HERE to get feedback from the event’s organizers, as well as the mysterious “Tenkara Gandalf”…

Zoan Kulinski, 62, of Hustisford had been a fisherman all his life, including a fly angler for several decades.

He became a disciple of tenkara fishing in January 2015.

“It’s the simplicity of it,” Kulinski said. “I did ‘western’ fishing so long I had a vest full of stuff weighing me down. I’m too old for that.”

Kulinski used a hunting analogy to describe tenkara fishing.

“This is more like bowhunting, where you are fishing close and stealth is important,” Kulinski said.

 

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Fishing Café: Tenkara with Hisao Ishigaki

Several iterations of the Fishing Cafe featuring Dr. Ishigaki have been making the rounds of social media. I thought it would be nice to post the full-length, 52-minute version here, for ease of locating.  (A shorter 11-minute cut can also be found).

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While it is a Japanese-language film, they were kind enough to subtitle it in English. Hope you enjoy the show!

About:
Fishing Café is the show that introduces fishing techniques in Japan. In this episode, Hisao Ishigaki takes us on a journey to discover the secrets of the Japanese fly fishing style, Tenkara. With only a rod, the line, and a fly, Tenkara is one of the simplest ways of fishing and has gained much popularity over recent years. Despite this modern phenomenon, Tenkara has been around in Japan over 100 years. Dr. Ishigaki takes us to learn the history behind this simple yet deep technique of Japanese fly fishing.

Tom Davis Featured in JH News & Guide

A wonderful article was published yesterday in the Jackson Hole News & Guide about Tom Davis, author of the popular blog Teton Tenkara, as well as a prior contributor to Tenkara Angler magazine.

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While it’s a basic “introduction to tenkara” article, it also gleans a bit of knowledge from Tom’s personal experiences with tenkara both on water and online.

Tom’s contribution to the Spring 2016 issue of Tenkara Angler can be found HERE.

 

Tenkara USA Facebook Live Video Stream

In perhaps one of the first significant applications of the Facebook Live Broadcast feature amongst the tenkara community, Tenkara USA founder Daniel Galhardo will be hosting a live video stream from Boulder Creek (Colorado), on Wednesday, June 8th.

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The stream will speak about tenkara, do some live demonstrations, as well as attempt to answer any viewer-submitted questions. Galhardo ballparked the video stream to last about an hour to an hour and a half.

The broadcast will begin at 10pm Mountain Time, which also happens to place it ideally during the lunch hour on the East Coast. To join, visit the Tenkara USA Facebook page.

See you on the stream!

Tenkara Rod Co: The Sierra Tenkara Rod

The Tenkara Rod Co. has quietly launched a new rod, the Sierra. A 10 foot, 2.8 ounce rod, the Sierra is advertised as having a “soft flex” and fits into the popular niche of sub 12 foot tenkara rod models. It carries an MSRP of $179.

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I’m certain there will be more to learn about this rod in upcoming weeks, however, for now, here is the description as posted on their website:

“The Sierra is our 10 ft. rod. It has an incredibly soft flex and amazing feel to it. We designed it with smaller water in mind. When casting is tight and you need something small and agile, this is the rod. The Sierra is one of our funnest rods because of how light and flexible it is. The rod comes with a 10.5 ft. line which really allows you to keep the rod tip high and your line off the water for precise presentations. And the action of this rod gives you so much feel throughout the entire rod. You have to see it for yourself to believe how much fun it is.”

DRAGONtail Tenkara “Fly of the Month” Club

The popular “fly of the month” subscription service has finally made its way over to tenkara. The folks at DRAGONtail are now offering a 6-month auto delivery service that allows anglers to replenish their boxes with flies on a regular basis. Perhaps the best part of the subscription is that you get to choose how many get shipped, anywhere from 12 to 36.

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Check out the DRAGONtail subscription service HERE.

Gear: Zen Suzume “Sparrow” Tenkara Rod

The latest tenkara rod release from Zen Fly Fishing Gear was announced on Friday. The Suzume, (Japanese for Sparrow), is a tri-zoom rod that fishable at 3 shorter lengths which should make it popular with those that fish tight spaces.

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MSRP: $229.99

From the Zen Fly Fishing website:

“This little pocket rocket is poised to take over Rocky Mountain National Park and other areas with tight streams and close quarters. Suzume is a tri-zoom rod fishable at 7.7’, 9.3’ and 10.8’ giving you “compactability” and accessibility, all in one tool. Suzume is a 6:4 flex with a medium-fast action. It features an 11” tapered handle that ensures that the rod is well balanced and prevents that tip-heavy feel common in other manufacturers. It also gives you enough room and options to find your own personal “sweet spot” for individualized comfort. Suzume rounds out Zen’s current rod offerings to give you a whole spectrum of tools to choose from for your next fishing adventure.”

Check out the Suzume HERE.