South2 West8: Fish & Bike Look Book #3

Japanese outdoor lifestyle brand South2 West8 has published their Spring 2016 Fish & Bike look book on their website. Featuring some beautiful on stream & trail photography, if you enjoy tenkara, trout, and fat tire bikes, this will be your speed.

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A few observations in paging through; appears South2 West8 offers a co-branded Sakura Kongo tenkara rod as well as some “tenkara specific” shirt/jackets that accommodate a collapsed rod.

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Smallfish Handcrafted Fly-Fishing Nets

Some beautiful work coming out of the workshop of Smallfish.

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According to the website:

“influenced by the Japanese style of Tenkara fly-fishing nets. Smallfish has taken elements of the Tenkara net style and fused them with modern fly-fishing catch and release nets.

The result is a collection of unique fly-fishing nets that blend the old and the new in a variety of organic shapes and sizes to suit both the Tenkara and the rod and reel fly-fisher.”

It’s clear that these nets are probably unlike anything else you’ll find out on the stream. Ranging from $310 – $575, there’s likely a unique design that will be calling your name.

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(Nod to Jason Klass for bringing this company to our attention)

Zen Fly Fishing Announces Two New Products

Zen Fly Fishing recently announced two new products on their blog, both of which apply to tenkara anglers, and promise to be 100% American-Made.

The Crosscurrent chest pack provides an interesting configuration that is “trim, slim-lined, simple, but highly functional and as durable as a pack can be. It was made to be passed down through the generations.”

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Meanwhile, perhaps the bigger tease is a new rod, which according to Zen will be, “the first 100% American made tenkara rod – blanks, material, components, the whole hot dog – USA made. And we’re proud of that, and know, we’ll be setting the bar from this point moving forward.”

It will certainly be exciting to see the feedback on each once they get into the hands of eager tenkara anglers.

Tenkara Guides Host 2016 Oni Tenkara School

Friends of Tenkara Angler, the Tenkara Guides LLC, are hosting the Oni Tenkara School in the United States again this summer.  Featuring the teachings of “Tenkara no Oni” Masami Sakakibara, the 3-day session will take place at Sundance Mountain Resort, UT between July 7-9, 2016.

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Spaces are limited, so if you are interested, check out the Tenkara Guides’ website HERE for more information.

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Tenkara Angler Magazine: Spring 2016

Today I’m pleased to announce the Spring 2016 issue of Tenkara Angler magazine has hit the virtual newsstands!

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I’m not going to lie, it took a little bit longer than anticipated to do all the editing, and I know I still made some mistakes (like the two page 42s listed in the table of contents – oops!), but it’s done, so I’m going to let out a big exhale…

However, none of that diminishes what I think turned out to be a pretty rad issue, one that’s quite a bit different from the last one.

A new logo (and interview of) Nick Cobler, tips on traveling abroad from Adam Klagsbrun, an awesome advanced casting installment by Rob Worthing, not to mention fly tying recipes from Tom Davis & Robb Chunco, essays from Paul Vertrees, Rob Lepczyk, Steven Smith, Sam Larson , and Diane Kelly-Riley…oh, and there’s even art from Jim Tignor and Anthony Naples. Plus other contributions that I’ll just leave as a surprise for when you open it up…

The Spring 2016 issue of Tenkara Angler magazine can be found for free online consumption via Issuu HERE, or for physical purchase via Blurb HERE.

It was a ton of fun to put together, I hope you enjoy!