Spring 2020 Issue Coming Soon…

So, I’m not going to lie. I really sweated out the deadline for the upcoming Spring issue. Up until the last week I had only received three articles… not really enough for a magazine, perhaps a pamphlet, LOL! It’s almost like there was something serious going on in the country that had everyone’s undivided attention.

Well, a few more came in right at the buzzer, so I think I’ll try crafting a Spring issue to give everybody on COVID-19 quarantine a little tenkara content to enjoy. Look for it in about a week or so.

In the meantime, if you have any last minute “reader photos” you’d still like to submit of fish, flies, gear, whatever, just send them in to mike@tenkaraangler.com. They’re super easy to add to the magazine, and definitely contribute a little more eye candy to the pages.

In the meantime, enjoy this little video from Mike Hepner, who was recently doing some social distancing out on the stream. You may recognize Mike… or a certain part of his body… from the Spring 2018 cover

Spring 2020 Call For Submissions

I wanted to take the opportunity today to announce/remind everyone that the submission period for the Spring 2020 issue of Tenkara Angler is officially open!

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While the submission process never technically closed, I like to make these posts about a month prior to the deadline, in this case March 20th, 2020.

As always, this issue will 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.

Some popular topics covered are as follows:

    • Conservation issues
    • Fly Tying Recipes / How-Tos
    • Trip Reports / Essays
    • Destination fishing
    • Gear reviews
    • Photography
    • Coverage of what anglers are doing in Japan

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

The Winter 2019-20 Issue of Tenkara Angler is Now Live!

Sorry it took so long… but the Winter 2019-20 issue of Tenkara Angler is finally live!

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I have to admit, real world work just kicked my butt in December and January, and I just didn’t have the time to crank out the issue in my spare time as planned… however… I think you’ll like what you find inside now that it has arrived.

This issue is a bit smaller than most, but the articles are well-written and definitely worth the read. Written contributors include David West Beale, Jonathan Antunez, Morgan Lyle, Diane Kelly-Riley, Nick Pavlovski, Jack Harford, Bill Holleran, and Karin Miller. Not to mention the now regular Reader Photos section with some great snapshots of on-stream action.

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As usual, the Winter 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. (And since it’s a smaller issue, the physical copy is less expensive than most!)

Please Enjoy!


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A Happy New Year of Reading

Happy New Year 2020!!!

I still can’t get my mind around that. It’s a date that looks like it was ripped straight out of a science-fiction novel.

As I’m writing this blog entry, I wanted to take a short break from editing and laying out the next issue of Tenkara Angler (Winter 2019-2020) to revisit a wonderful year of articles from the tenkara & fixed-line community. If you’re new to tenkara or this magazine, or just want to re-read some “oldies but goodies,” I picked three memorable entries from each quarterly issue for your enjoyment.

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I hope you enjoy this rundown of the highlights of 2019… and don’t go too far, as I mentioned, the latest issue of Tenkara Angler will be dropping soon!


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Best of Tenkara Angler: Kebari & Fly Tying Mashup Issue

As winter sets in many anglers across the country hang up their rods and waders and take to their fly tying benches to replenish their season-ravaged fly boxes… But why tie the same old patterns when there are many new ones to explore and learn to fish?

I’m happy to present the Best of Tenkara Angler: Kebari & Fly Tying Mashup issue for your inspiration!

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I figured this would be an ideal time to publish this fly and fly tying companion piece. 32 individual entries re-visit interviews, fly tying recipes, fly swap photos, in-stream techniques, and more from the past four years in this 90+ page installment.

It certainly was a blast to re-read articles from a lot of great fly tyers and anglers, including, but not limited to: Robb Chunco, “Kiwi” Kuhlow, Chris Zimmer, Dr. Tom Davis, Anthony Naples, Jim Wright, Adam Rieger, Jason Sparks, Bart Lombardo, Rob Gonzalez, Michael McFarland, Stephen Myers, Jayson Singe, Sam Larson, Mark White, Kengo Shintaku, and Chris Stewart.

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As always, Tenkara Angler is best viewed through the Issuu e-reader or app. However, physical print copies or PDF downloads can be purchased in our Blurb store.

Some background: “Best Of” re-issues of the magazine combine similarly themed articles from prior releases into one consolidated issue. These allow newer readers to catch up on some previously published content without going through each and every back-issue, as well as let older readers re-discover some articles that may have new meaning.

One minor disclaimer, this issue consists of articles literally “ripped” from prior issues of Tenkara Angler, so it’s a bit less refined than a normal issue of the magazine. (Examples being the absence of a “From the Editor” section, the page numbers at the bottom of each page make absolutely no sense at all and, inconsistent fonts throughout).

Also, in the interest of reducing cost some, should you want to purchase physical copy of a “Best Of” issue, they will be printed on Standard stock, not the typical Premium stock. Still a great option, just not quite a thick a page or glossy photo.

I hope you enjoy the kebari and fly tying mashup issue of Tenkara Angler!

Winter 2019 Issue: Call For Submissions

I wanted to take the opportunity today to announce/remind everyone that the submission period for the Winter 2019 issue of Tenkara Angler is officially open!

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

As always, this issue will 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.

Also, the influx of reader photos not related to articles over the past few issues have been great. I’d love to receive more of those to highlight in their own section of the magazine.

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

Fall 2019 Photo Dump

One of the more popular posts following the release of the Summer 2019 issue was the one that contained all of the photo contest participants in one entry. While there was not a photo contest for the Fall 2019 issue, there was a lot of stellar photography. So I figured I’d do the same here, pulling all of the wonderful shots (plus a few extras) from the magazine.

Enjoy!