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The Summer 2018 Issue of Tenkara Angler Is Now Live!

It’s my pleasure to announce that the Summer 2018 issue of Tenkara Angler magazine is now live!

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Since this magazine is crowd-sourced, it’s always interesting to see what folks decide to send in, and the content compilation for this issue was no different.

While the backbone of the magazine is still solidly based in tenkara & trout, it was fascinating to see the amount of (warm water) fixed line fly fishing articles that came in this time around. There was an interesting read on chasing carp with a tenkara rod, two separate (but related) articles on catfish, bass, & bluegill, and finally, an awesome “destination” piece that takes us to Alabama for “‘Bama brookies.” You’ll have to read it to see what that’s all about…

It’s also worth noting that about 3/4 of the authors were new to Tenkara Angler with this issue. While you’ll get to “meet” them in the pages, I did want to give a shout out to returning authors Adam Klagsbrun, John-Paul Povilaitis, Brad Trumbo, Robb Chunco, Jack Harford, & Anthony Naples. The magazine wouldn’t be where it is without your dedication.

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As usual, it will be available as a free e-magazine over at Issuu, HERE.

And also available for sale as a physical magazine and PDF download in the Blurb bookstore, HERE.

Enjoy!

 

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2018 Instagram Tenkara Rod Popularity Contest

Earlier in the week, I thought it might be fun to throw up a quick little poll on the Tenkara Angler Instagram account, asking viewers a fairly straightforward question:

“What tenkara rod are you using? List your favorite in the comments”

Well, the community took that challenge and ran with it. Some people were very specific with their feedback, citing several different “favorite” rod models depending on the situation, while others just vaguely mentioned a brand, with no reference to rod model, size, etc…

So I gathered that information and made this infographic recapping the results.

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While I’m no statistician, there are a few interesting things I noticed in summarizing the data. First, and not surprisingly, Tenkara USA was the runaway winner, not only in overall brand affinity (26%) but also rod models, with five of the top seven! The Sato was the overall winner with 10% of the vote, but the newcomer Hane came in second with 7%. Curious if the Hane’s strong showing is more a result of people just getting the new rods in their hands now, and that’s literally what they’re fishing… because remember, the survey wasn’t “what’s the best tenkara rod” it was “what tenkara rod are you using?”

I also took note of Tenkara Rod Co.‘s impressive showing. I’ve always recognized they sold a lot of rods, however, I never really noticed them being used or mentioned much in my personal tenkara circles. That said, the audience surveyed was from Instagram, where Tenkara Rod Co. has a huge following. Five of their rods were mentioned, with the Teton being the preferred model.

Finally, it was nice to see the community is exploring a bit, with various Japanese makers littering the results. Oni, Nissin, Suntech, Shimano, Daiwa, & Tenryu all seemed to split a highly representative “Japanese” vote, with Nissin scoring the top Japanese brand honors, but the Oni Type III the overwhelming favorite model. (#savethecamohandle)

In the end, this was nothing more than an exercise in entertainment. Almost 70 individual results were tallied over the course of a few days, so while it’s a sample size of some corner of our tenkara community, it’s certainly not a definitive one.

If you’re interested in the full results in raw data form, see below. Thanks to everybody that participated, maybe we’ll try a few more of these in the future. If you’re not following Tenkara Angler on Instagram, check us out HERE.

BRAND AFFINITY VOTES % TOTAL
Tenkara USA 17 26%
Tenkara Rod Co. 8 12%
Nissin 6 9%
Oni 5 8%
Badger 4 6%
Generic 3 5%
Suntech/Tbum 3 5%
Tanuki 3 5%
Dragontail 3 5%
Tenkara Times 3 5%
Daiwa 2 3%
Shimano 2 3%
Tenryu 2 3%
Three Rivers 1 2%
Patagonia/TFO 1 2%
Esoteric 1 2%
Zen Tenkara 1 2%
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ROD PREFERENCE VOTES % TOTAL
Tenkara USA Sato 7 10%
Tenkara USA Hane 5 7%
Tenkara Rod Co Teton 4 6%
Oni Type III 4 6%
Tenkara USA Rhodo 3 4%
Tenkara USA Ito 3 4%
Oni Type I 3 4%
Suntech TenkaraBum TB40 2 3%
Nissin ZeroSum 320 2 3%
Tenkara USA Amago 2 3%
Tenkara Tanuki 325 2 3%
Tenkara Rod Co Cascade 2 3%
Dragontail Komodo 2 3%
Tenryu TF39TA 2 3%
Nissin Royal Stage 360 2 3%
Oni Honryu 395 2 3%
Nissin Pro Spec 320 1 1%
$10 Broomstick 1 1%
Daiwa Enshou LT39S 1 1%
Three Rivers Confluence 1 1%
Garbolino (?) 10K 360 1 1%
Badger UNC 1 1%
Tenkara Times TRY 300 1 1%
Tenkara Rod Co Mini Sawtooth 1 1%
Tenkara Rod Co Sierra 1 1%
Dragontail Hydra 1 1%
Badger BadAxe 1 1%
Tenkara USA Iwana 1 1%
Shimano Pack Tenkara 1 1%
Badger Scout 1 1%
Patagonia Soft Hackle 10’6″ 1 1%
Tenkara Rod Co Grand Teton 1 1%
Tenkara Rod Co Owyhee 1 1%
Suntech Kurenai 1 1%
Tenkara Times TRY 360 1 1%
Tenkara Times Watershed 330 1 1%
Nissin Pro Spec 2-Way 360 1 1%
68 100%

 

In Review: 2018 Midwest Tenkara Fest

It’s been a week since the Midwest Tenkara Fest (MWTF) wrapped up, so I wanted to take the opportunity to do a brief write up of the event for the benefit of those that could not attend.

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Once again, the MWTF was held at the American Legion in Coon Valley, Wisconsin. The facility itself is great, with ample room for vendors, presentations, and refreshments, plus it’s no more than 50 yards from a trout stream. Unfortunately, the area was hit pretty hard by rain the week leading into the fest, and Coon Creek was rather high and muddy the two days of the event. That said, the beauty of the Driftless Area is that there are plenty of fishable streams no more than a 10-minute drive from the event, so fish did not go uncaught!

Saturday morning began with a brief “Tenkara 101” class streamside by Matt Sment & Mike Lutes. The basics of rigging and casting a tenkara rod were covered, with several rods passed around for hands-on learning.

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After a brief intermission to allow everybody some time to go fishing, the event re-convened around 3 PM, with vendors opening their tables up for browsing.

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Chris Stewart (TenkaraBum) brought many Japanese rods, lines, and accessories for eager anglers to purchase. I even think he brought some lures, for those that stray to the dark side of fixed line fly fishing.  🙂

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Rick Munday was representing Dragontail/Nirvana on the Fly. While his almost full line of products were not for sale to be taken away at the event, Rick had quite a slick computer set up where customers could order whatever they wanted from the Dragontail website and have it shipped to their home.

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The Tenkara USA table was manned by Jeremy Shellhorn. The newest rod, the Hane, seemed to be the talk of the event. So many interested anglers stopped by to pick the white rod up and give it a flex or two.

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Streamside Leaders was also in attendance. Michael Moline had his full line of furled lines & leaders, tenkara rods, and flies available for sale. His display was quite extensive, you could almost spend an entire afternoon reviewing his wares.

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The aforementioned Matt & Mike were also happy to walk you through their Badger Tenkara product offering. During the casting demonstration, I heard quite a few people really acting positively toward their Scout model. Wouldn’t be surprised if some referrals came of it.

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The Tenkara Grasshopper Graham Moran pulled double duty, setting up a table to showcase his fly tying operation, 303 Flyworks

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…but also showcasing (and selling quite a few) wooden line spools from Tenkara Path.

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Finally, Tenkara Angler magazine was there too, with a small table with back-copies of print issues and signing new people up for digital subscriptions. I had a great time talking to readers both new and old.

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After ample time for fishing, shopping, and a barbeque dinner, the Saturday presentation schedule went well into the night, perhaps to 8:30 PM local time. The presentations were as follows:

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  • Graham Moran – Tenkara and Backpacking: Chasing the Thin Blue Line
  • Paul Vertrees (Video) – Tenkara Rod Nymphing
  • Matt Sment – Small Stream Tactics for Fixed Line Rods
  • Graham Moran (again!) – Kebari tying demo and Q&A

The Sunday program was really quite informal. No additional presentations, simply time spent to allow attendees more time with vendors, learn & organize groups for some local fishing spots to hit that afternoon, and some tenkara-themed giveaways, initially to be decided via spool card toss, but eventually decided on by the luck of the draw. 🙂 Virtually everybody still there at the end walked out with some sort of tenkara swag.

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And with that said, the event was over. Everybody was eager to take all they learned out to the water, and from what I hear, most did. Successfully, I might add.

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Tenkara Angler magazine would like to thank everybody who made it out to Coon Valley for the fest. The tenkara community is small in relative size, but it’s great to see it grow with each and every event. Also, huge congratulations for Matt & Mike of Badger Tenkara for organizing another successful Midwest Tenkara Fest. You both did an awesome job making everybody feel at home in the Driftless.

Paul Vertrees MWTF Notes & Articles

During Saturday’s Midwest Tenkara Fest presentations, Paul Vertrees made a special appearance via pre-recorded video to outline some lines and detail some nymph rigs that he felt would serve many of the tenkara anglers of the Driftless well.

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The video was well received, and Paul even gave Tenkara Angler magazine a quick little shout out, referencing one of the articles he had written for a prior issue.

As a follow-up, I figured I’d whip up a quick post with links to applicable articles in case anybody that attended wanted some additional information. The first two are by Paul:

The second two related articles are by Anthony Naples of Three Rivers Tenkara:

Oh, and should you be in Colorado and want to learn more from Paul first hand, he guides through Royal Gorge Anglers in Cañon City.

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2018 Midwest Tenkara Fest This Weekend

In case you missed yesterday’s Tenkara Angler Instagram post, the magazine will be hitting the road this weekend, all the way north to Coon Valley, Wisconsin for the Midwest Tenkara Fest, hosted by Badger Tenkara.

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Tenkara Angler will be displaying at the ‘Fest for the first time, so if you plan on attending, please stop by the table – I’ll have physical magazines for you to page through, and free stickers (while supplies last). Plus, it’d be great to meet some of the magazine’s readers.

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If you live in the upper Midwest and are interested in the Midwest Tenkara Fest, more information can be found on the event’s website, HERE.

Hope to see you there!

Summer 2018 Issue: Call For Submissions

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Did you enjoy the Spring issue? Are you ready for the next one?

Today we’ll “officially” open up the Summer 2018 issue for submissions (although it’s really never officially closed). I’m really optimistic about this next issue, as there are already two good articles in hand…

As always, any and all topics are fair game – fishing reports, gear reviews or releases, destination travel, essays, poetry, fiction, photography, art, whatever – as long as it’s tenkara, fixed-line fly fishing, or conservation related. Similar to prior issues, the tenkara community will craft the contents of the issue.

I’m headed to the Midwest Tenkara Fest in Wisconsin in early May, so I’m going to try and get some interesting material for the next issue (& Tenkara Angler’s social media) there. Fingers crossed…

(And don’t forget, if you are a company that submits content, please don’t hesitate to also submit an ad for your services; inclusion is the least I can do).

If you are interested in contributing, I’ve outlined some simple parameters for content submission HERE.

The deadline for content submission will be June 8th, 2018 (give or take a few days), with the target publishing date toward the end of that same month.

2019 Tenkara Summit Announced

The 2019 Tenkara Summit was announced by Tenkara USA on social media last night.

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Celebrating 10 years of tenkara in the United States, as well as the 10th Anniversary of Tenkara USA, the 2019 Summit will be held on April 13th in Boulder, Colorado. According to the posts, there will be some “cool things happening” at the event, so we’ll all have to just wait until additional details are announced (most likely) later this year.

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Interestingly, in recent years the Summit has been held in late Summer or early Fall, and this April installment will be the earliest since the May 2013 Harrisonburg, VA event.

What else does this mean? Well, it means there’s not going to be a Tenkara Summit in 2018… so if you’re interested in doing some fishing travel this year that involves a tenkara “meet-up,” fear not! Check out Tenkara Calendar for a list of upcoming events across the country.