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Zen Fly Fishing Announces Two New Products

Zen Fly Fishing recently announced two new products on their blog, both of which apply to tenkara anglers, and promise to be 100% American-Made.

The Crosscurrent chest pack provides an interesting configuration that is “trim, slim-lined, simple, but highly functional and as durable as a pack can be. It was made to be passed down through the generations.”

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Meanwhile, perhaps the bigger tease is a new rod, which according to Zen will be, “the first 100% American made tenkara rod – blanks, material, components, the whole hot dog – USA made. And we’re proud of that, and know, we’ll be setting the bar from this point moving forward.”

It will certainly be exciting to see the feedback on each once they get into the hands of eager tenkara anglers.

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Tenkara Guides Host 2016 Oni Tenkara School

Friends of Tenkara Angler, the Tenkara Guides LLC, are hosting the Oni Tenkara School in the United States again this summer.  Featuring the teachings of “Tenkara no Oni” Masami Sakakibara, the 3-day session will take place at Sundance Mountain Resort, UT between July 7-9, 2016.

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Spaces are limited, so if you are interested, check out the Tenkara Guides’ website HERE for more information.

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Tenkara Angler Magazine: Spring 2016

Today I’m pleased to announce the Spring 2016 issue of Tenkara Angler magazine has hit the virtual newsstands!

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I’m not going to lie, it took a little bit longer than anticipated to do all the editing, and I know I still made some mistakes (like the two page 42s listed in the table of contents – oops!), but it’s done, so I’m going to let out a big exhale…

However, none of that diminishes what I think turned out to be a pretty rad issue, one that’s quite a bit different from the last one.

A new logo (and interview of) Nick Cobler, tips on traveling abroad from Adam Klagsbrun, an awesome advanced casting installment by Rob Worthing, not to mention fly tying recipes from Tom Davis & Robb Chunco, essays from Paul Vertrees, Rob Lepczyk, Steven Smith, Sam Larson , and Diane Kelly-Riley…oh, and there’s even art from Jim Tignor and Anthony Naples. Plus other contributions that I’ll just leave as a surprise for when you open it up…

The Spring 2016 issue of Tenkara Angler magazine can be found for free online consumption via Issuu HERE, or for physical purchase via Blurb HERE.

It was a ton of fun to put together, I hope you enjoy!

Spring 2016 Call For Submissions

Tenkara Angler magazine is an online (& print) publication that launched as a test last Fall, and with a successful Winter follow up it appears like there’s enough interest to keep it around for a while. The magazine is completely “crowdsourced;” reader submissions shape the content, I only serve the role as curator and editor.

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With that, I thought I’d extend a call for submissions for the Spring 2016 issue. Articles, photography, art, essays, “how-tos,” fly tying, destination travel, if it’s tenkara related, it’s all fair game.

You don’t need to be a professional writer or photographer to participate, just willing to share. If you’re interested, or even mildly curious, there’s more information on the submission process HERE.

The Winter 2015-16 issue is embedded below. There were a lot of great contributions from across the tenkara community, yours could be next!

Tenkara Angler Magazine: Winter 2015-16

Today I’m pleased to announce the second issue of Tenkara Angler magazine has hit the virtual newsstands!

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What’s new in the Winter 2015-16 issue? Actually quite a few things, the most noticeable being the fact that instead of simply assembling a bunch of old Troutrageous! blog posts into a magazine format, I was able to recruit a wide cross-section of the tenkara community to contribute some truly outstanding content. Over 110 pages of photos, essays, articles, and technique tips to be exact!

You’ll likely recognize names such as Jason Sparks, Isaac Tait, ERiK Ostrander, Robert Worthing, Chris Zimmer, Brian Schiele, Brandon Moon, Matt Sment, & Anthony Naples, just to name a few.

The editing was a long and frustrating process (my computer died mid-stream), but now that it’s complete I think it was well worth it, and typos be damned, I hope you do too.

The Winter 2015-16 issue of Tenkara Angler magazine can be found for free online consumption via Issuu HERE, or for physical purchase HERE.

I’ll be the first to admit the “Premium” paper copy is a bit expensive, however that’s the way it goes in this print on demand format. It’s priced where I make no money on the sales, as this endeavor is more for fun than profit. Plus, it would look damn nice on your coffee table or fly tying bench, am I right?

Tenkara Angler Magazine: Fall 2015

This past weekend I was goofing around on the computer installing the new Windows 10 operating system (so far, so good by the way), when I stumbled across some online publishing software I downloaded for muy daughter a few years ago when she wanted to print her own paperback book that she could keep in her personal library of children’s books.

Being a tinkerer by nature, one thing led to another and over the course of Friday night and Saturday afternoon I ended up using that software to throw together some tenkara-themed articles and pictures that I’ve posted to the blog in the past, sprinkled in a little bit of new content, and created a magazine called Tenkara Angler.

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By dating it “Fall 2015” the allusion is to Tenkara Angler being a quarterly publication, although who really knows. This could easily be the first and last issue. I suppose it can serve as a test to gauge interest, of both consumption and collaboration.

As you’ll probably notice in the “Introduction” excerpt, I’m open to pretty much anything.

If you do happen to purchase a copy either via PDF download or in print, thank you so much for the support. (And thanks to the 3 of you that have so far!) Neither versions are priced to make me a profit, simply to make back a few cents to help offset the cost of printing my own personal copy. The next issue might go totally “fanzine,” 100% online and free of charge. We’ll see…

If nothing else, it was an entertaining creative outlet and diversion from the blog for a few days. Putting together the pagination was pretty fun, and honestly fairly easy with the Blurb software, although the result of all of the editing is far from professional quality; my fault, not theirs.

I always wanted to write my own book or magazine. Something I could read or gift and then “display” on a coffee table alongside copies of Fly Tyer, Eastern Fly Fishing, and Field & Stream.