Many topics were touched, but no theme aligned more with what the tenkara community is all about than this passage.
“There is an instant connection formed with tenkara fishermen and women. Maybe it is the connection of simplicity with no reel. He saw our rod sticking out of our pack as we hiked down towards the stream. The tenkara fishing rod was a magnet to conversation.
Turns out, I was right. He fishes tenkara and is a local. He knew exactly where he was. I should have had him pegged. We talked streamlining, tenkara rods, the rain that week, currents, and stinging nettle. We were just like a group of kayakers studying the river at an access point.”
Need a Saturday morning pick me up? Look no further than Blair Smith’s article.
Back in 2009-2010, when tenkara was still but a minor curiosity in the American angling scene, there was a pretty tight knit group of early adopters, most of which used forums, such as the Tenkara USA forum, and blogs to ask questions, communicate ideas, and explore new concepts, all centered around fixed line fly fishing. Everyone was learning from each other, there were no “experts,” self-professed or otherwise.
One of the best early blogs was Tenkara Adventurer, written by Laurent Marshall. It was such an enjoyable read, as he was trying many things, such as tying Zenmai fern flies, building Horsehair lines, wearing “Shower Climbing” shoes, all the while pairing them with beautiful photography & writing.
If you have the opportunity, please do yourself a favor and visit Tenkara Adventurer, particularly the posts from 2010. You won’t regret this look back in time.
Not sure what Laurent is doing these days; wonder if he still fishes his tenkara rods?
Isaac Tait, author of the Fallfish Tenkara website/blog, has contributed some very entertaining essays to the last two issues of Tenkara Angler. For those that frequent his site, his skills as a wordsmith come as no surprise.
Recently, Isaac published a new post to Fallfish Tenkara, Overlanding & Tenkara, in which he chronicled a recent trip where he took some friends on an off-road adventure through the Tanzawa Mountains of Japan. Wonderful writing & photos!
Discovering new, productive water is one of the most exciting and rewarding experiences an angler can have. Mike from Badger Tenkara recently discovered “Sweetwater Canyon” and took us along on the journey in a recent blog post.