2017 Tenkara Jam

Thought it only proper to send out a quick post this morning, as a follow-up to this past weekend’s Tenkara Jam in Boone, North Carolina. Simply wanted to express extreme gratitude to all that participated; be it from an attendee, presenter, vendor, and (of course) organizer standpoint. The tenkara community came together as one and showed very well, we should all be extremely proud of the Jam.

I also can’t say enough about the many jobs Jason Sparks took on wonderfully as host, emcee, and educator, and if he’s considering “running it back” in 2018, Tenkara Angler would love to participate again.

As a reader, if you’re new to the magazine (& website) as a by-product of the Jam, welcome. It’s great to have you here!

Since Tenkara Angler was referenced in several of the presentations, I also thought I’d list some of the links to articles that were specifically mentioned for easy referral.

As a matter of fact, most of the presenters and vendors have contributed to Tenkara Angler in one form or another since the magazine’s inception in 2015. If you’d like to page through the various back-issues at your leisure, they are best accessed for free, HERE.

Advertisements

The 2017 Fly Fishing Show

Sadly, Tenkara Angler probably won’t be able to make it to the 2017 Fly Fishing Show(s) this year; a few too many schedule conflicts arose in regard to the handful that are somewhat geographically nearby.

splash21-copy

However, if you’re looking for tenkara-centric coverage, fear not! Jason Klass just did an extensive recap of this past weekend’s Denver show over on his Tenkara Talk blog. Odds are you’ve already read it, but just in case you haven’t, click HERE.

If you’re interested in attending a regional Fly Fishing Show, there are still a few more coming up over the next few weeks:

Marlborough, MA: January 20-22
Somerset, NJ: January 27-29
Atlanta, GA: February 3-4
Lynwood, WA: February 18-19
Pleasanton, CA: February 24-26
Lancaster, PA: March 4-5

Should you make it to one, you’ll find that they’re a lot of fun and usually very well attended, so make sure to carve out a full day to take your time and wander the aisles.

Check out The Fly Fishing Show’s website for additional information.

Congratulations To Tenkara Jam!

The Tenkara Jam was recently recognized as the “Best Fly Fishing Event” by Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine in their 2017 Best of the Blue Ridge Readers’ Choice awards.

Voting took place in October 2016, and behind the strength of the tenkara community the Jam ended up besting several other more well-known fly fishing events.

Congratulations to organizer Jason Sparks and all involved in the Tenkara Jam. It’s an amazing event, well deserving of all accolades and publicity it receives.

Click HERE see all of the “Best of the Blue Ridge” winners; the Jam is noted on page four.

screenshot-2017-01-02-at-9-34-33-pm

Advanced Tenkara Casting: Rob Worthing

One of the highlights from Day One of the 2016 Tenkara Jam was Rob Worthing’s presentation on Advanced Casting. Not only did he explain what the heck a “Supine J” is, but he also did a great job visually demonstrating for those in attendance.

rob-worthing-advanced-tenkara-casting

If you weren’t able to make it to Cherokee, fear not!  Rob’s presentation was covered in the Winter 2015/16, Spring 2016, & Fall 2016 issues of Tenkara Angler. Or, if you were at the Jam, and just want a refresher and a copy of the progression tables to practice at home, the links to each can be found below:

Winter 2015/16: Advanced Casting Part I
Spring 2016: Advanced Casting Part II
Fall 2016: Advanced Casting Part III

 

2016 Tenkara Jam This Weekend!

tenkara-jam

Tenkara Angler magazine will be at its first official event this upcoming weekend; the 2016 Tenkara Jam in Cherokee, North Carolina.

If you live anywhere near the area, this looks to be the tenkara gathering of 2016, with personalities and presenters coming from all over the country (& beyond).

Please stop by the table, say hello, and pick up a free Tenkara Angler sticker (while supplies last). There won’t be any products for sale, but I’ll have some of the print copies in-hand for you to page through and I’d love to put faces to names of all of the wonderful people who have supported this crowd-sourced magazine project to date.

For more information, visit: TenkaraJam.com

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: A Step Toward Fly-Fishing Simplicity

Mainstream mentions of tenkara continue to spread, this time by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s coverage of the Midwest Tenkara Fest.

b99745879z.1_20160618174335_000_gulg2upm.1-1
Photo: Paul A. Smith / MJS

Check out the article HERE to get feedback from the event’s organizers, as well as the mysterious “Tenkara Gandalf”…

Zoan Kulinski, 62, of Hustisford had been a fisherman all his life, including a fly angler for several decades.

He became a disciple of tenkara fishing in January 2015.

“It’s the simplicity of it,” Kulinski said. “I did ‘western’ fishing so long I had a vest full of stuff weighing me down. I’m too old for that.”

Kulinski used a hunting analogy to describe tenkara fishing.

“This is more like bowhunting, where you are fishing close and stealth is important,” Kulinski said.

 

The TenkaraBum Streamer Challenge

The latest TenkaraBum challenge was announced on Friday, and as such, streamers should be a key ingredient in every tenkara angler’s fly box for the next few months. With great prizes such as a Nissin 2-Way rod and a $145 store credit up for grabs, one would have to think the competition will be fierce!

xmarabou-streamer.jpg.pagespeed.ic.nYquoZKc2j
Photo: TenkaraBum

Contest Rules:

1. The contest begins 12:01 AM eastern time May 28, 2016. All fish entered into the contest must be caught after that time. The contest ends 11:59 PM eastern time October 30, 2016. All entries must be received by then.

2. All fish entered into the contest must be caught on a fixed line rod (tenkara, keiryu, seiryu, carp, tanago, mebaru, crappie, cane pole, loop rod or willow switch, etc.) with a streamer or bucktail as defined above. I will be sole judge on whether the fly used qualifies as a streamer or bucktail.

3. All entries must include a photo of the fish (along with something for reference to determine size) and a separate photo of the streamer or bucktail used to catch it. Please photograph the fly before you fish it, so we can see what it looks like dry. Photos must be emailed to chris at tenkarabum dot com and the fish photos must have a time stamp in the metadata that is after the contest begins.

4. There are two categories: largest fish and most species. The prize for the largest fish is a Nissin 2-Way 450ZX stiff. The prize for the most species is store credit of $145.

5. No rules changes are anticipated, but all contest rules are subject to change.

For more details, visit TenkaraBum.com.

Good luck!!!