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.
The 2016 Midwest Tenkara Fest was held in Coon Valley, WI over the weekend. With many eager attendees (both new & experienced in tenkara) on hand, it was a busy two days for the multiple presenters and vendors.
The next issue of Tenkara Angler magazine will include a full recap of the show, however in the meantime, please enjoy this local news coverage of the event.
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.
Back in 2009-2010, when tenkara was still but a minor curiosity in the American angling scene, there was a pretty tight knit group of early adopters, most of which used forums, such as the Tenkara USA forum, and blogs to ask questions, communicate ideas, and explore new concepts, all centered around fixed line fly fishing. Everyone was learning from each other, there were no “experts,” self-professed or otherwise.
One of the best early blogs was Tenkara Adventurer, written by Laurent Marshall. It was such an enjoyable read, as he was trying many things, such as tying Zenmai fern flies, building Horsehair lines, wearing “Shower Climbing” shoes, all the while pairing them with beautiful photography & writing.
If you have the opportunity, please do yourself a favor and visit Tenkara Adventurer, particularly the posts from 2010. You won’t regret this look back in time.
Not sure what Laurent is doing these days; wonder if he still fishes his tenkara rods?