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?
With the help of some awesome contributions, we’vee-published 3 issues so far, and the readership is growing with each! The online version of the Spring 2016 issue has accumulated over 16,000 views in the month or so it’s been live and I’d love to open up submissions for the Summer 2016 issue today.
Articles, photography, art, essays, “how-tos,” fly tying, travel, if it’s tenkara related, it’s all fair game. You don’t need to be a professional writer or photographer to participate, just willing to share. If you’re interested, (or even mildly curious), there’s more information on the submission process HERE.
The Spring 2016 issue is embedded below. There were a lot of fantastic contributions from across the tenkara community, would love to have you as a part of the next issue!
One of the best sources of “instructional” tenkara information available today also happens to be free. The email tutorials distributed by Discover Tenkara are wonderfully written and full of tips and techniques that are certain to make you more effective on the water. Once you subscribe, they simply show up in your Inbox every few days making it easy to consume at your leisure.
Luong Tam of Tenkara Tanuki teased an upcoming collaboration with Jeff Lomino (Riverworks) on a limited edition of his popular Snow Tanuki rods.
“Here is a first Prototype Mockup for Snow Tanuki 375 Custom grip. Next step will be selection Color Cork …. More to come. It is going to be very limited — We are planing for no more than a Dozen of Snow 375 2016 Special Edition. Price: less than or about $400 USD.”
Luong is designing some beautiful rods. If you are not familiar, they are worth checking out.
Zen Tenkara‘s VP of Public Relations & Product Development (& contributor to the Spring 2016 issue of Tenkara Angler) Paul Vertrees released a short video yesterday teasing a new “Made in Colorado” floating tenkara line.
Visual details are a bit difficult to make out in the footage, but based on his description it appears to be another solid option for those who opt for floating tenkara lines.
Chris Stewart wrote a post over at his TenkaraBum shop regarding consumer purchasing habits that was quite fascinating. While Chris claims that the Suntech Kurenai HM30R is a wildly popular (and briskly selling rod), conversely people don’t seem to have the same affection, or perhaps awareness, for its bigger brother the HM39R.