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The Tenkara USA Hane “Adventure” Rod

On Thursday, April 5th, 2018, Tenkara USA made their first new rod in several years, the Hane, available for sale.

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You may recall seeing the distinctively white Hane before, as it was initially sold in prototype form at the 2017 Tenkara Summit. Well, after being in the wild for a few months in the hands of “testers” it appears that Tenkara USA had reaped enough user feedback to make a few changes and go into production.

From the Tenkara USA release:

“The Hane (pronounced like “huh – nay”) is a super compact all-around tenkara rod that will quickly become your favorite adventure rod. Measuring just under 15 inches when collapsed, but extending to 10ft 10in (330cm), the Hane fits nicely inside a small daypack, making this a superb tenkara rod for backpacking, bikefishing and other adventures. Whether you are targeting trout or bass, the Hane was designed to work well in your mountain streams as well as your urban fishing outings. It’s a rod that can tag along in a variety of conditions without compromising durability.

We decided to make this rod white, a unique color among our lineup. Part of the reason for that is the idea of having a rod that will blend in well with open skies above. Whereas a black rod does a good job blending in with canopy, its movement tends to stand out when fishing ponds and open meadow streams. The tip of the rod is black.”

Here are the Hane’s specs:

Weight: 3.5 oz (100 g);
Closed length: 15″ (38cm)
Open lengths: 10’10” (330cm)*
Handle length: 8″ (20.5cm)
Segments: 12

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Image: Tenkara USA

Personally, I only had the opportunity to dry cast the Hane prototype at the Tenkara Summit and noted the rod to be very cosmetically pleasing but a bit stiffer than I’d prefer. However, the comments left on initial Facebook posts from Tenkara USA representatives indicated some small changes were made based on tester feedback to give the Hane a little bit more flex, while still maintaining the “backbone” and ruggedness needed to make this rod a true multi-purpose (& species) tool.

So is the Hane your next “adventure rod?” I guess only time will tell. If you’re interested in giving the Hane a try, they’re now available on Tenkara USA’s website with an MSRP of $150; however, several Tenkara USA dealers (should you happen to live near one) have also been mentioning on social media that they are currently in stock as well.

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The Spring 2018 Issue of Tenkara Angler is Live!

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

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This issue covers several topics that run the entire “ten colors” spectrum. A look at Yuzo Sebata by Paul Gaskell, tactics from Tom Davis, Karin Miller, & Jim Wright, gear commentary from Adam Rieger, Chris Stewart, & Stephen Myers, and a wonderful piece by Bob Long on how to fixed-line fly fish for smallmouth bass. Brad Trumbo & Landon Brasseur also make their first appearances in our pages. Welcome aboard!

In addition, you’ll find all the phenomenal essays, destination stories, photography, humor etc… from Melissa Alcorn, Christopher Seep, Daniele Beaulieu, John-Paul Povilaitis, and Dean Price that you’re accustomed to reading in each issue.

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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!

Tenkara Hansha Podcast with Dennis Vander Houwen

In case you missed it, the latest episode of the Tenkara Hansha podcast (by Graham Moran aka Tenkara Grasshopper) went live yesterday.

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In this episode, Graham speaks to Dennis Vander Houwen about how tenkara impacts his everyday life, his blog Tenkara Path, and spin-off wood-working interests.

It’s quick listen at just over 20 minutes. Check it out HERE.

Tenkara Invades Arkansas

Or maybe it’s the other way around?

In any event, this weekend’s Sowbug Roundup appears it will be the Mecca for tenkara in the United States over the next few days.

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The annual show, hosted by the North Arkansas Fly Fishers, will have a special spotlight on tenkara this year, with many different vendors, fly tyers, and “experts” in place to give presentations, instruction, and even sell a few goodies to the attendees.

CLICK HERE for the schedule of events & seminars.

Heck, there are even some raffles, one of which is a killer tenkara outfit with all the extras you’d need to get out on the water.

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So if you’re in the area, and this is of interest, make sure to head over to Mountain Home, Arkansas and the White River this weekend for some fly fishing and tenkara fun!

Do You Even Tomezuri Bro?

Couldn’t help but laugh when combing the internet for the latest in tenkara news and notes. Came across this clever t-shirt, that pokes a little bit of fun at the “seriousness” that can, unfortunately, run rampant in our larger tenkara community.

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I reached out to Team Ratskin Canoe (see Fall 2016 issue of for an explanation) to see if they needed a webpage to “host” the sale of these tees… hence this post & redirect.

“Ok Gang, so we are going to finally get moving on something that some of us have been wanting to do for a while… we are starting a fund to help bring some Japanese guys to the US to hang out and fish Tenkara with us.

We are going to kick it off with a long-sleeved, non-cotton athletic shirt that’s designed for fishing on stream, hiking and wearing around town.

Brought to you by Ratskin Canoe & Friends, we offer to everyone the “Do You Even Tomezuri, Bro?” tenkara shirt. The price will be $35 plus shipping. All proceeds will go to the Ratskin Canoe Tenkara Education Fund, or RCTEF, which aims to educate Americans about Japanese Tenkara, and promote real-life social interactions and meet-ups between Tenkara enthusiasts from different countries.

You can place an order using the PayPal button below. $35 plus $3 shipping.”

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For those that don’t understand the joke, “Tomezuri” is one of many fly manipulation techniques used in tenkara fishing. This particular technique actually anchors the fly in the current and can be seen in action below in this video from Akai Kitsune:

Panfish Podcasts

Is fishing for panfish like bluegill really considered “tenkara?”

Probably not, but it’s heck of a lot of fun to do with a tenkara rod!

Couldn’t help but notice over the past few weeks that Bart Lombardo, author of the blog Panfish on the Fly, (and Tenkara Angler magazine contributor), has been making some very prominent podcast rounds.

First featured on the “Tenkara Cast” with Daniel Galhardo…

Then later featured on the “Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast” with Tom Rosenbauer…

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So if you don’t live somewhere with trout, or heck, even if you do and just want to enjoy some panfish fun, give these two podcasts a listen. Bart is very well-spoken and clearly passionate about the subject. They’re both really, really good.

And if you’d like to learn some more from Bart, check out Panfish on the Fly, or the following posts from Tenkara Angler back-issues:

Spring 2016: Springtime Crappies
Winter 2016-17: Landlocked Salmon on Tenkara
Winter 2017-18: The James Wood Kebari

Spring 2018 Issue: Call For Submissions

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Believe it or not, it’s mid-February already, and even though January went by ridiculously fast and it feels like the Winter issue of Tenkara Angler was just released, I figured it was time to officially extend the “call for submissions” for the Spring 2018 issue.

I’ve certainly been itching to get out on the water again, it’s just starting to warm up a bit where I live, so I think it’s time for all those flies I tied to get wet.

If you’re feeling the same, we’d love to hear what you’ve got to say – any and all topics are fair game – fishing reports, gear reviews, destination travel, essays, poetry, fiction, photography, art, whatever – as long as it’s tenkara or conservation related. Similar to prior issues, the tenkara community will craft the contents of the issue.

(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 March 9th, 2018 (give or take a few days), with the target publishing date toward the end of that same month.