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Fall 2019 Issue Call For Submissions

I hope everybody has been having an incredible summer! Just getting back from a mini-getaway to Colorado myself, recent memories of boulder strewn streams, high altitude lakes, and greenback cutthroat trout can’t help but bring a grin to my face. If your summer has been full of fishing, I’m certain you’ve been smiling a lot as well.

As such, I wanted to take the opportunity today to remind everyone that the submission period for the Fall 2019 issue of Tenkara Angler is officially open, a perfect time to share those experiences with the larger fixed-line fishing community.

FALL ISSUE CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

While the submission process never technically closed, I like to make these posts about a month prior to the deadline, in this case September 13th, 2019.

As always, this issue should reflect the interests of the tenkara community at large, so as long as the content – articles, photos, etc… – is tenkara, fixed-line, or conservation themed, all is fair game.

Submissions can be sent to mike@tenkaraangler.com, and more information on the submission process can be found HERE.

Kickstarter – DRAGONtail MIZUCHI zx340 Small Stream Zoom Tenkara Rod

The eagerly anticipated DRAGONtail Mizuchi tenkara rod Kickstarter is finally here.

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Ever since Teton Tenkara‘s Tom Davis teased an upcoming small stream rod he co-designed with Brent Auger of DRAGONtail Tenkara, many fans of “bluelining” for trout have just been waiting for the day to pull the trigger on a new tenkara rod purchase.

Well, wait no longer. The Mizuchi zx340 zoom rod is now available for pre-sale. This rod is unique in the fact that it is a 3-way zoom rod that in explanation, not only addresses three small stream lengths (240cm, 290cm, and 340cm), but also fishes with an appropriate flex profile at each.

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If you act quickly, you can get one of these rods at an “Early Bird” price well below the eventual retail price of $160. As of writing this article, this rod had raised more than $3000 toward the $8000 funding goal, so it appears it’s well on it’s way to production.

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To read Tom Davis’ post regarding the design and development of this rod, check out this link HERE.

Or, if small stream is not your thing, but you want to check out the full range of DRAGONtail tenkara products – including rods, lines, line holders, and nets, check out this link HERE.

Just For Fun: What’s The New Tenkara USA Rod?

The Tenkara Summit in Boulder, Colorado is in two weeks. Organized by Tenkara USA, this year’s summit celebrates 10 years of tenkara in the United States. The Summits are always great time to learn a little bit, meet people you may only know from online, see some tenkara gear in person, and of course, get out and fish. I would expect this year’s to be no different.

Recently, on social media, Tenkara USA teased that they would be introducing a new rod at this year’s Summit, their first since the Hane, which was revealed at the 2017 event.

So what is it?

I’m sure there are a few “insiders” that already know the answer, (I’m not one), but I though it would be fun to muse upon what might be released, as the scenarios are endless.

  • An existing rod, badged with a 10th Anniversary logo
  • An improved/updated version of an existing rod
  • A re-issue of a retired rod – Ayu, Ebisu, Yamame
  • A mini rod (those seem to be quite popular these days)
  • An “elevated” non-zoom rod – high end, perhaps made in Japan
  • A rod developed and manufactured in the USA
  • Totally out of the box rod – saltwater, warm water, nymphing, etc…
  • Something else

So why don’t you vote in THIS LINK and if you want to elaborate on your guess in the comments, have at it. Would welcome the conversation and speculation. Just for fun, of course…

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The Summer 2019 Cover Photo Contest Entrants…

Although you are certainly welcome to visit the current issue of Tenkara Angler magazine to see all of the cover photo contest entries, I thought I’d create a separate post to highlight them all as well. It will allow you to view these photos in a format that is not cropped for space constraints, as well as a few additional secondary entries that did not make the magazine.

All photos are below, please feel free to click into them to zoom!

Congratulations to Anthony Naples & Lino Jubilado for winning the front and back cover contests. In lieu of physical prizes, each have opted to have a charitable donation made in their names to American Rivers (Anthony) and Backcountry Hunters & Anglers (Lino).

Thank you to all that entered, we’ll likely open up another photo contest for a future issue, so keep those cameras focused!


This post was presented by:
Zen Tenkara

The Summer 2019 Issue of Tenkara Angler is Now Live!

It’s here, the Summer 2019 issue of Tenkara Angler is now available!

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This 72 page issue features seven fantastic articles, one photo installment of “Brookies & Beer”, and the entries from the Cover Photo Contest. The topics span general essay, trip reports, destination locations, kebari tying, and introductory fixed-line fishing for smallmouth bass.

Additionally, a hearty welcome to two new authors – Nathan Scott Camp and Kengo Shintaku – for their entries, make sure to check each out.

Finally, a special congratulations go out to Anthony Naples (front) & Lino Jubilado (back) for winning the cover contest with some great shots that really lent themselves to the vertical nature of a magazine. The rest of the entries are found within the magazine in various places, so nobody was overlooked. Thank you to all who entered!

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As usual, the Summer issue will be available as an e-magazine over at Issuu, HERE.

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

Enjoy!

Summer Cover Contest & Deadline Extension

Cover Contest

Hey… haven’t done this in a few years, but thought I’d open up a last minute cover photo contest for the Summer 2019 issue of Tenkara Angler magazine.

All you need to do to enter is email a high resolution photo (best you’ve got) to mike@tenkaraangler.com, using the subject line “COVER CONTEST.” Preferably, the photo is “portrait” (vertical) in nature, and not “landscape” (horizontal), but it is not necessary. Photos of landscapes, anglers, fish releases, you name it.  Even if you’re not selected for the cover, I’ll still include in the magazine in a special contest article. The deadline for the cover contest will be Saturday, June 22nd.

The winner of the contest will win some surprise tenkara swag – which I’ll say is valued at more than a couple flies, but less than an Oni Type I rod. 🙂

Oh, and also, I had a few people contact me asking for a few more days on the content submission deadline for the Summer issue (it was last Friday), so figured I’d give the same courtesy to all since I have plenty in which to get started. As such, I’ve extended the general submission deadline another week – Friday, June 14th for the Summer issue.

So, if you have any photos, trip reports, stories, gear reviews, product announcements, artwork, whatever… as long as it’s tenkara, fixed-line, or conservation related from the past few months of fishing, send ’em in, would love to include in the next issue. Details can be found in this link.

Good luck, and looking forward to seeing those cover photo candidates!

Summer 2019 Issue Call For Submissions

Surveying social media over the past few weeks, I couldn’t help but notice the increase in awesome tenkara posts by people that are out getting in some early season fixed-line fishing. As such, I wanted to take the opportunity today to remind everyone that the submission period for the Summer 2019 issue of Tenkara Angler is officially open.

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While it’s never technically closed, I like to make these posts about a month prior to the deadline, in this case June 7th, 2019.

As always, this issue should reflect the interests of the tenkara community at large, so as long as the content is tenkara, fixed-line, or conservation themed, all is fair game.

Submissions can be sent to mike@tenkaraangler.com, and more information on the submission process can be found HERE.