Summer 2017 Issue (is almost here)

Very happy to say that the Summer 2017 submission deadline came and went with a bang. Had a nice amount of diverse submissions this go-round (thank you!) and I am currently in the process of formatting, paginating, and all that good stuff to prepare the Summer issue for publication on June 26th (fingers crossed).

In the meantime, please feel free to view any of our back issues, including the Summer 2016 magazine, which had great articles on tenkara fishing for white bass, stripers, BIG fish tactics, tying the Pass Lake wet fly, among other outstanding essays and photography.

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Summer 2017 Issue: Call For Submissions

Today I wanted to officially open up the submission window for the Summer 2017 issue of Tenkara Angler magazine. There’s tons of Spring fishing going on all over the country and with the Summer issue ahead, it makes for an awesome opportunity to tell some stories!


Any and all topics are fair game – fishing reports, gear reviews, destination travel, essays, poetry, fiction, photography, art, whatever – as long as it’s tenkara or conservation related. Similar to prior issues, the tenkara community will craft the contents of the issue.

Headed to the Midwest Tenkara Fest, or possibly the History of Japanese Tenkara Rods presentation in the Catskills in May? Would love to have reports from those events!

(And don’t forget, if you are a company that submits content, please don’t hesitate to also submit an ad for your services, inclusion is the least I can do).

If you are interested in contributing, I’ve outlined some simple parameters for content submission HERE.

The deadline for content submission will be June 9th, 2017, with the target publishing date toward the end of that same month.

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!

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.


Mike Agneta