Tenkara Angler is Now on YouTube

It’s a little bit overdue, but I finally got around to creating a YouTube channel exclusively for Tenkara Angler magazine.

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In the past, I’ve stored videos that accompanied magazine articles on my personal YouTube account, but figured now was a good time to finally split those out. Not only will it keep all the tenkara & fixed-line fly fishing content in one place, but perhaps it might become a vehicle for some additional unique content in the future, such as a VLOG (no promises).

So if you’re a YouTube streamer, please feel free to visit & subscribe to Tenkara Angler HERE.

(Oh, and if you have any comments for what you might like to see on the YouTube channel in the future, please feel free to speak up in the comments below!

The Spring 2019 Issue of Tenkara Angler is Now Live!

OMG it took so long to finish… but I’m happy to announce that the Spring 2019 issue of Tenkara Angler magazine is live!

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One part procrastination and one part vacation won out immediately following this deadline, but please don’t let the extra week or so beyond the normal publishing date deter you from diving in.

The contributions were pretty interesting this go-round, with not quite as many contributors, but still 120 pages of content. There are several profiles and interviews in this one, including features on Bill Holleran (by yours truly), Paul Gaskell (by Adam Trahan), & Discover Tenkara (by David West Beale).

In addition, you’ll find some destination fishing pieces by Rory Glennie & Karin Miller, gear articles by Tom Davis, Chris Hendriks, and Tristan Higbee, a fly swap recap from members of the Appalachian Tenkara Anglers, essays from Adam Rieger and Nick Pavlovski, and finally, a profile in yellow perch from Jim Wright.

Definitely a lot of variety.

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As usual, the Spring 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. (I’m not going to pretend, the physical copy is pretty expensive this time around due to the amount of pages, so you may want to go the PDF route).

Enjoy!

The Spring 2019 Issue is ALMOST Here…

About a week from taking the Spring 2019 issue of Tenkara Angler live. Only a few more articles to format, a weekend of fishing upcoming, then hopefully soon after I can hit “publish.” This issue is kinda interesting, not so much the “nitty-gritty” of tenkara; it’s more stories, interviews, a behind-the-scenes, and some items that might compliment your tenkara fishing, such as a primer on ultralight backpacking.

Anyway, stay tuned… and perhaps this gorgeous photo from Tristan Higbee will hold you over until then…

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Best of Tenkara Angler: Warm Water Fixed-Line Mashup Issue

So if there’s one thing I learned when it came to reviewing the results of the Tenkara Angler reader survey, it was that a large majority of you want to see more “warm water” content – for bass, panfish, carp, etc… So with that noted, I’m happy to present:

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Figured this would be a good time to publish this warm water fixed-line companion piece. Over 80 pages in all.

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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: I was already planning on putting together some “Best Of” re-issues of the magazine, essentially combining 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.

If you find these “Best Of” issues interesting, I’ll happily put together other curated issues of Tenkara Angler over time, as topics such as DIY/fly tying, techniques, essays, and Japan all feel like natural extensions of this theme.

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, inconsistent fonts, and there’s even an ad for a 2017 tenkara event).

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 warm water fixed-line mashup issue of Tenkara Angler!

Spring 2019 Call For Submissions & Early Reader Survey Results

Hello tenkara community! I wanted to take the opportunity today to announce that the submission period for the Spring 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 March 8th, 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.

In a related aside, I thought I’d share some early results from our first reader survey, (the form is HERE if you haven’t participated yet… or even thought up something new to add). I asked a few short questions, most open-ended, and got some interesting early feedback… the highlights of which are below:

What topics/subjects would you like explored in future issues of Tenkara Angler magazine?

The responses were very wide in scope. The most commonly repeated were to publish more information on warm water (and even salt water) species such as bass and panfish. Streamer & nymph techniques, more examples of “big fish” tenkara such as salmon were also very popular asks. There were multiple requests for conservation, human interest, destination fishing, gear reviews, and DIY features as well.

There were only a few asks for more trout features or coverage of what anglers are doing in Japan, but they were noted as well.

What brands (tenkara or general fly fishing) would you like to see advertised in Tenkara Angler magazine?

Not many people seemed to care about the advertisements (which I probably shouldn’t disclose should I try to sell some in the future!!!). Brands that were requested multiple times were Tenkara USA, Discover Tenkara, and Yonah Packs. General, but non-specific asks included more Japanese tenkara rod and gear brands. I happened to like the suggestion to advertise local breweries… perhaps something to ponder in tandem with destination articles.

Would you be interested in listening to a Tenkara Angler podcast featuring the various contributors? (Answers limited to Yes, No, or N/A – I don’t listen to podcasts).

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Well, it seems like those that listen to podcasts would want one from Tenkara Angler, one person commenting that the other tenkara-themed podcasts haven’t published any new episodes in a long time. That said, almost 30% of respondents don’t listen to podcasts.

Do you have any general feedback on Tenkara Angler magazine?

As one might expect, the answers were extremely varied, but I wanted to thank all the people who complimented the magazine as currently constructed. A lot of goodwill was passed along, and I’m not going to lie, it really made my day.

Other than that, I think I noticed two themes. The first, is no more exploration on “what is or is not tenkara.” I believe somebody referred to the debate as “tired and dumb.” The second was to have more features (perhaps one per issue) of “how to” for beginners. I think both are more than valid points.

In closing, I’ll reprint one comment almost word for word, I assume from a prior contributor, “I think it’s time for some of the “old timers” like myself to not hog the stage. I like seeing new perspectives and ideas… It’s time to go find new voices.”

I’ll certainly try my best to recruit “new voices,” but tenkara community, I’ll also need your help. If you know any creative or expressive-types that are into tenkara, perhaps a fishing buddy, please share the magazine and website and send them my way; I’d really love to bring more people into the Tenkara Angler family.

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Mike Agneta
(Amateur) Editor & Tenkara Angler

The Winter 2018-19 Issue of Tenkara Angler is Now Live!

I’m happy to announce that the Winter 2018-19 issue of Tenkara Angler magazine is (finally) live!

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It took way too much time for me to cobble together between the holidays, work, and assorted seasonal illnesses, but it’s done and I think it came out damn good.

The contributions were fantastic with some really stellar opinion pieces from Jay Johnson, Dennis Vander Houwen, an interview with Jason Sparks from Adam Trahan, essays from Mike Hepner, Adam Klagsbrun, Melissa Alcorn, Paul Vertrees, and Michael Richardson, fly tying info from Robb Chunco and Mark White, conservation pieces from Brad Trumbo and Craig Springer, art from Anthony Naples and Jim Tignor, photo entries from Paul Pigeon, Jason Hammond, and Shigeki Miura, and “Brookies & Beer” from John-Paul Povilaitis!

That’s a lot of free content, and I think you’ll really like what you find inside.

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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.

Enjoy!

3 Week Submission Warning: Tenkara Angler Winter 2018-19 Issue

Figured I’d drop a quick note to everybody to remind them that the deadline to contribute submissions to the Winter 2018-19 issue of Tenkara Angler is only 3 weeks away!

Typically, I’ll wait until 2 weeks to send out a message, but with the holiday season here, I know it’s a hectic (although enjoyable) one for everyone, so figured it was best to be a little proactive.

A reminder, the themes for the Winter issue are traditional tenkara and/or tenkara art. More details can be found here.

If any inspiration is needed, I’m going to begin to re-publish all of the great articles from the Winter 2016-17 issue of Tenkara Angler to the blog as standalone posts over the next 3 weeks. They should serve as both an idea generation tool, but are also a great opportunity to revisit some top notch and still very relevant content from two years ago.

And if you’re new to Tenkara Angler, make sure to subscribe by email (check the left-hand side of the page for the box to enter your address) to be notified of new posts and content.