Tenkara Events

2023 Tenkara Events

Many interesting tenkara and fixed line fly fishing events have been scheduled across the country. Please check out this page often to see what’s coming up, and potentially to your area.

Note: All events that Tenkara Angler has written about (past and present) can be found by clicking on this link.


TenkaraCamp: Great Smoky Mountains

April 21-23, 2023
Elkmont Campground – Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Presented by Tenkara Angler

A free to attend event held in Elkmont Campground outside of Gatlinburg, TN. It will feature streamside clinics and the opportunity to fish some of the best waters in the Smokies. Stick around for evenings of campfire camaraderie. Note: while the event is free, if you wish to camp, it is the anglers’ responsibility to reserve accomodations.

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Backcountry Basics Clinic

April 22, 5-7pm – Sun, April 23, 7:30-11am
Royal Gorge Anglers, 49311 W U.S. 50, Cañon City, Colorado
Manager/Backcountry Guide Paul Vertrees

Interested in backcountry fly fishing, but don’t have the know-how or gear to pull it off?  Join us for a weekend clinic focused on backcountry fly fishing techniques, gear, fly patterns, scouting for streams and high lakes, and more!  Saturday evening session at the fly shop will include a BBQ and instruction.  Sunday morning session will include on-the-water instruction on a local backcountry stream.

**BBQ Included on Saturday evening, event cost is $150 per person. To register for this clinic, call Royal Gorge Anglers at (888) 994-6743 or register online HERE.

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Tennessee Cherokee National Forest Freak Out 2023

May 19-21, 2023
Appalachian Sun Brewery – Elizabethton, Tennessee
Presented by Arran Kerr & Fixed Line Freaks Facebook Group

The very first official Fixed Line Freaks event in the Eastern US will feature camping at Little Stoney Creek Campground in Hampton, TN with evening meet and greets at the Appalachian Sun Brewery. Everyone is welcome to explore and do your own thing but loose activities include a Friday evening meet and greet and fly tying, Saturday morning lessons for new tenkara anglers, Saturday evening after fishing we’ll meet back at Appalachian Sun Brewery for food, beer, and a raffle! Sunday morning native Southern Appalachian strain brook trout tactics and fishing.

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The Great Wisconsin Driftless Tenkara Campout

June 2-4, 2023
Esofea Campground – Westby, Wisconsin
Presented by Tenkara Wisconsin Facebook Group

An annual free to attend event held in the beautiful Driftless Area of Wisconsin. Several days of fishing will be followed by nights of food, fun, and storytelling. A few group sites have been reserved for campers, but those interested are highly encouraged to contact the organizers via their Facebook Group to insure there is still available space. Plenty of additional camping is available on site for a modest charge.

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Driftless Oni Tenkara Immersive & Tactical Nymphing Clinic

June 1-3, 2023
Location TBD – Held concurrent to Driftless Campout
Presented by Tenkara Angler & Tenkara Guides, LLC

This school & clinic will be held in companion to the Great Wisconsin Driftless Tenkara Campout. This will allow anglers to elevate their tenkara and/or tactical nymphing strategies and techniques under the guidance of Robert Worthing (Tenkara Guides, LLC) and Matt Sment (Tenkara Angler). These clinics requires paid registration, sign up here.


Tenkara Techniques Clinic

June 3, 5-7pm – Sun, June 4, 7:30-11am
Royal Gorge Anglers, 49311 W U.S. 50, Cañon City, Colorado
Manager/Backcountry Guide Paul Vertrees

This unique clinic is focused on the beginner to intermediate tenkara angler.  Join us for a weekend of purpose-driven instruction and hands-on practice of dynamic fixed-line techniques.  We’ll cover the historic roots of tenkara, fundamentals of tenkara fly fishing, terminal tackle (rods, lines,etc.), fixed line casting instruction, stream and river fishing, stillwater techniques, fly pattern selection, and much more!  Saturday evening session at the fly shop will include a BBQ and instruction.  Sunday morning session will include on-the-water instruction on a local backcountry stream.

**BBQ Included on Saturday evening, event cost is $150 per person. To register for this clinic, call Royal Gorge Anglers at (888) 994-6743 or register online HERE.

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White Mountains Tenkara Campout

June 9-11, 2023
Barnes Field, Dolly Copp Campground – Gorham, New Hampshire
Presented by Red Brook Tenkara

The Northeast’s premier tenkara gathering, take advantage of the miles of beautiful brook trout water in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. Organized by Red Brook Tenkara, there will be camping, clinics, raffles, and fly tying – a full agenda for any angler to enjoy. This campout requires paid registration, sign up here.

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Oni Tenkara School Utah

July 6-8, 2023 or July 10-12, 2023
Provo River, Utah

Presented by Tenkara Guides, LLC

Widely regarded as the greatest living tenkara fly fishing master, Masami Sakaibara’s Oni School of Tenkara emphasizes the angler’s relationship with the river environment, blends casting and drift into a single act of fly presentation, and utilizes elegant techniques to maximize success across diverse fishing conditions. The Oni Tenkara School in Utah is the premiere instructional experience in the Oni tenkara fly fishing method. Students enjoy three days of intensive learning on the famous trout waters of Utah with Tenkara Guides LLC. Paid registration is required.

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Austria Tenkara Fishing Weekend

September 1-3, 2023
Hotel Mozart – 5640 Bad Gastein
, Salzburg, Austria
Presented by Tenkara Austria

A weekend in Salzburg, Austria at the Gasteiner Ache, Nassfelder Ache, and Siglitzbach of “Mango Jerry Exclusive Fly Fishing Gastein” to exchange experiences and meet like-minded people. This meeting is aimed at both active tenkara anglers, and those who are newly interested in this fascinating form of simple Japanese way of fly fishing looking for competent, dedicated support. This gathering requires paid registration, sign up here.

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Tanuki Tenkara Boot Camp

September 30, 2023 – 8:30AM
Bishop, California
Presented by Tenkara Tanuki

Eastern Sierra streams are perfect for tenkara fishing. Tenkara Boot Camp is designed for all levels of tenkara fishers ranging from novice to expert. It is the first tenkara community gathering in California—one intensive day of seminars and hands-on workshops by tenkara fishing experts from around the country. Seminars cover “From Zero to Hero”.  The workshop will be hands-on practice on casting,  fly tying, and landing big fishing with tenkara rods. Bring your fly tying kit if you have one.


List Your Event Here!

Are you planning on holding a tenkara event this year? Let us know the pertinent details and we’ll list it on this page.

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