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Some 2017 Spring Issue Stats

With the Spring issue now live for about a week, I thought I’d share some readership statistics. I’m pretty much in awe as to the response to this issue, and since you, the community provides the content, figured you might be interested.

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The Spring Issue has…

  • Been Viewed 2,825 times
  • Been Read 1,345 times  (a read means somebody spent time inside)
  • Been Read on average 8:01 minutes per sitting
  • Referred 121 outgoing clicks from links within the issue (the most popular of which was the link at the end of the Jean Santos Line Winders article)
  • Purchased in physical or digital form 13 times (thank you!)

I honestly don’t know if those numbers are good or bad in the grand scheme of things (I didn’t think far enough ahead to save prior issue stats to benchmark against as my “free” reporting only goes back 30 days).

I do know that in aggregate, Tenkara Angler magazine has been read almost 30,000 times. Not quite as impressive as the 1,000,000+ views of Tenkara USA’s initial video, but still very, very rad, and I’m totally humbled that people seem to really enjoy the content.

Thank you for the support, and please, use the comments section below for any suggestions for future issues!

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Video: Tying Flies with Mr. Yuzo Sebata

Wow. What a wonderful video put together by Daniel Galhardo and Tenkara USA. It’s a little bit longer than most (over 8 minutes) but well worth the time:

From the video’s description:
Mr. Yuzo Sebata is one of the most well-known tenkara anglers in Japan. He keeps his fly-fishing simple and enjoys backpacking in the mountains of Japan catching trout and foraging for mushrooms. When we went backpacking together, he brought along a very simple fly-tying kit, which he pulled out at our camp by the stream and proceeded to tie a fly. Watch to see how he ties flies without a vise and with very simple materials.

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The Spring 2017 Issue of Tenkara Angler Is Live!

It’s my pleasure to announce that the Spring 2017 issue of Tenkara Angler magazine is now live! The largest issue of Tenkara Angler yet, there’s tons of great content to get you excited for the Spring fishing season.

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This issue has it all – art, destination travel, essays, tips & techniques, and two long-form interviews.  The Tenkara Community is a place unlike any other, and it’s a joy to bring these magazines to life each quarter.

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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 or PDF download in the Blurb bookstore, HERE.

I’d also like to note that since there were so many additional pages in this issue (over 140 in total), the Blurb one off, on-demand printing is beginning to get quite expensive. The “Premium,” high-gloss issues now cost $32. In response, we’re also introducing a “Standard” version with slightly lesser quality matte paper to try and maintain the original $25 price point. With over 30 additional pages, this may be the way the print copies will have to be done in the future. Should you or your friends purchase a standard version, I’d love to hear your feedback on the quality.

Finally, I wanted to acknowledge and congratulate the 3 winners of the cover photo contest – Paul Gaskell (front cover), Steven Smith (back), and Brian Schiele (inside back)! The photos are fantastic, please make sure to check them out.

Enjoy!

Mike Agneta
Editor

10 Colors Tenkara Forum Hoo-rag

In a partnership with Peder, the caretaker of the 10 Colors Tenkara forum, we’re using the Tenkara Angler storefront as a venue to help the forum sell some merchandise, in this case, a super functional Hoo-Rag. (Just don’t call it a Buff).
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There are actually two methods to acquire a Hoo-Rag:

Option 1: If you find value in the 10 Colors Tenkara forum and would like to support it, please consider making a donation (click here). For any donations $20 or greater, you will receive one free 10 Colors Tenkara Hoo-rag. For any donations $35 or greater, you will receive two free. They will be sent anywhere in the world. The donated funds will go directly to keeping the forum up and running.

Option 2: From the Tenkara Angler web store for $13, shipping included within the US. These are being sold essentially at cost plus shipping to those that are interested in wearing the colors and spreading the word about the forum!

So there you go, should you need some multi-functional sun protection for your angling pursuits and want to rep the 10 Colors Tenkara forum, enjoy!

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Gear: Tenkara Fly Fishing Spool Fly Boxes

Some really nice tenkara fly fishing spool/fly boxes were recently posted online by Dennis Vander Houwen, author of the Tenkara Path blog and proprietor of the NightSparrowDesigns Etsy Store. They are available for purchase HERE.

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Available in 3 different types of wood, these spools hold one or two tenkara lines and swivel open to reveal compartments that hold about a dozen flies.   At $45, these would not only be a great addition to one’s personal tenkara gear kit, but a perfect gift for that tenkara angler that has everything.

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