Although perhaps not truly tenkara, it’s nice to see its distant cousin micro-fishing getting some additional exposure over the last week. As some of you might have heard or read, NPR did a piece and ran a nice little article (no pun intended) on fishing for micros.
There’s no debate that Paul Gaskell & John Pearson from Discover Tenkara produce some of the highest-quality content on tenkara today. Whether it is through their Discover Tenkara website, free email tutorials, or educational materials such as books and videos, they have been at the forefront of cataloging not only the history but the basic and advanced techniques used to be a successful tenkara angler.
Today, they debut their new free video series entitled “Tenkara in Focus.” With over a half hour of footage from around the world, it’s a must watch for anyone with an interest in tenkara.
You may also happen to notice a familiar face/name about halfway through. I was fortunate enough to participate in their first episode with a report on behalf of Tenkara Angler magazine from the 2016 Tenkara Jam.
Just wanted to give a big “thank you” to all of the attendees of the 2016 Tenkara Jam in Cherokee, North Carolina last weekend.
The turnout was awesome; it’s incredible to see so many people enthusiastic about fixed-line fly fishing. Was very cool to be able to talk to those interested in tenkara and wanting to learn more about Tenkara Angler magazine. The fact that so many people in attendance were either brand new to tenkara, or hadn’t heard of the magazine yet, makes me think bigger and better things are yet to come!
Also wanted to thank the other vendors, and most importantly Jason Sparks (& family) for helping put together and organize such a well-oiled event. Jason is truly one of the pillars of our tenkara community, his energy is infectious, and it’s no wonder the Jam has grown into the leading tenkara event on the East Coast.
As for those of you seeking a full recap of the Jam, that will come over time, most likely starting with a guest spot on Discover Tenkara‘s upcoming video blog “Tenkara In Focus.” Look for that later this week, and make sure to subscribe to Tenkara Angler in this website’s menu, and I’ll let you know when it goes live.
One of the highlights from Day One of the 2016 Tenkara Jam was Rob Worthing’s presentation on Advanced Casting. Not only did he explain what the heck a “Supine J” is, but he also did a great job visually demonstrating for those in attendance.
If you weren’t able to make it to Cherokee, fear not! Rob’s presentation was covered in the Winter 2015/16, Spring 2016, & Fall 2016 issues of Tenkara Angler. Or, if you were at the Jam, and just want a refresher and a copy of the progression tables to practice at home, the links to each can be found below:
Tenkara Angler magazine will be at its first official event this upcoming weekend; the 2016 Tenkara Jam in Cherokee, North Carolina.
If you live anywhere near the area, this looks to be the tenkara gathering of 2016, with personalities and presenters coming from all over the country (& beyond).
Please stop by the table, say hello, and pick up a free Tenkara Angler sticker(while supplies last). There won’t be any products for sale, but I’ll have some of the print copies in-hand for you to page through and I’d love to put faces to names of all of the wonderful people who have supported this crowd-sourced magazine project to date.
A wonderful tenkara video out of Canada recently posted to Vimeo by Liam R-F. The beginning is very soothing, some beautiful trout brought to hand, but really like that he wasn’t afraid to insert some points of levity about half way through…yeah, we all get hung up in trees…
The cast of contributors once again is very deep in quality and quantity. Tenkara Angler staples such as Anthony Naples, Chris Stewart, John Vetterli, and Isaac Tait are framed by newcomers such as Adam Rieger, Christopher Seep, John Mosovsky, and George Roberts. Nineteen different authors and artists are to thank for this issue, and I cannot possibly thank them enough!
This also was one of the most challenging issues to edit to date. There was not only so much good written content to proof-read, but several charts & diagrams were submitted to accompany those words. I had no idea making them “fit” was going to be such a task. In the end, it yielded over 100 pages of community-sourced photos, essays, articles, and technique tips. I hope you pardon a random typo or two, my eyes were absolutely shot at the end of the process.
The Fall 2016 issue of Tenkara Angler magazine can be found for free online consumption via Issuu HERE, or for those of you that prefer something in-hand, for physical purchase HERE.