Which tenkara rod to use in this area?

On June 12, 2020 • Comments (2)
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One of the most common questions we get is which tenkara rod to buy for use in “my” area?

Tenkara fishing mountain stream drag free
We can give two types of answers: a generic “this tenkara rod is ideal for small streams”, “The Ito is ideal for fishing larger streams and rivers”, etc. Or, we can attempt to be more specific to the area where a tenkara angler will find himself. We have done a good job at the first type of answer. But, today, I will attempt to start giving more specific examples focusing on regions where tenkara anglers are going with their tenkara rods and recommending the tenkara gear they need.

This is essentially what we already do when we participate in fly-fishing shows around the country. We normally try to fish while we are visiting a new area, but when we don’t have experience in a particular region, we have local people helping us at our booth who are very good at giving the answers that really resonate with people. Bringing up the imagery of a specific stream a person is already dreaming of fishing makes the future experience real.
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How to tenkara : All you need to learn to start tenkara fishing (Video)

On June 4, 2020 • Comments (0)
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We have put together a 17 minute video that goes through everything you need to learn to start tenkara fishing.
In this How-to tenkara video, I go through every step of the way to get you hooking fish with your tenkara rod, line and fly.

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All About Tenkara Nets – video and podcast episode now available

On April 14, 2020 • Comments (0)
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Over the weekend I created my longest video/podcast episode for the Tenkara Cast yet. This time I cover everything about tenkara nets (also known as tenkara “tamo”): where do they come from, how they are made, how to use a tenkara net, and how to make your own. I go into a lot of detail into every aspect of tenkara nets in this episode. The episode clocks in at over one hour and twenty minutes, so I also added timestamps of different sections if you’re interested in one area over another.

Watch now and get more information here or by clicking the image below

Tenkara Nets Podcast

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Tenkara Cast: Covering Water

On April 7, 2020 • Comments (1)
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Please check out a new episode of the Tenkara Cast, in which I discuss my method for covering water, stealth, and fishing in windy conditions. In this episode I also do a 5-minute guided meditation in the end, something a bit out there (as tenkara may be anyways) and hope that it helps someone in these crazy days we are living.
The Tenkara Cast is available via your favorite podcasting app, and now also on Spotify.
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NOTE: Our warehouse is still open, but it will be closed for one day on Friday, April 10th. Orders need to be placed by Thursday at 11am MST to avoid delays in shipments. Shipping resumes on Monday, April 13th, but the situation continues to evolve, so get a rod on sale while you can.

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New Episodes of our podcast are now available: How to Find and Explore New Fishing Waters

On March 24, 2020 • Comments (2)
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We are reviving the Tenkara Cast!
After a fairly long hiatus from recording the podcast, the recent circumstances we are all facing made me realize that our need to connect is bigger than ever. We are being asked to socially distance ourselves, but I think we should simply “Distance together” as I may have heard somewhere the other day.
Fly-fishing content will be a refuge that we can look to for to take a break from the anxiety producing news cycle of today. And, of course, there is getting outside and fishing too, although there may be some restrictions on where can, can’t, should or shouldn’t go at the moment.
There are two episodes that just came online. One a few days ago where I talk about socially distancing, and just a little bit of what kept me from recording over the last year. And, today I recorded this episode on finding and exploring new waters. You can click the images below to listen to each of the episodes right within our site, or you can use your favorite podcasting app to subscribe, just look up Tenkara Cast.
I hope you’ll enjoy these, and I’d love to hear from you about what strategies you use to find new waters and if this time of socially distancing is making you explore waters closer to home, whether you have fished a new place or for new species because of covid-19, or simply how you are using fly-fishing (indoors or outdoors) to cope.

How to Find and Explore New Fishing Waters:

How to Find and Explore New Fishing Waters

Social Distancing, and the Relaunch of the Tenkara Cast:

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A Message from Tenkara USA: Covid19, Warehouse Closure Sale, and more

On March 23, 2020 • Comments (7)
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Due to a potential warehouse closure, we are offering a 30% discount on all our rods and my book to try to move inventory out of our warehouse while we can so that we can get through this with all our staff. And a free hat will be included with every purchase containing a rod or more. We would love to have your support!

A Message from Tenkara USA and its founder

We, at Tenkara USA, have been closely monitoring the situation created by Covid-19. Like all Americans we share the same concerns and anxieties, and our hearts go out do anyone enduring the initial impacts of this crisis. Continue reading

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Tenkara+ Social Distancing

On March 20, 2020 • Comments (0)
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Tenkara fly-fishing social distancing

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Tenkara Magazines – Volumes 1, 2, and 3 now available for free here
PLUS: A FREE Tenkara Coloring Book

On March 19, 2020 • Comments (4)
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As you seek some social distancing by staying at home, we are working on bringing some content for your enjoyment.
Starting now, we are putting all 3 volumes of the Tenkara Magazine here for free for you to download. We hope you enjoy the articles written for the magazine by the tenkara community. This was a project that lasted 3 seasons and we did a few years ago, but all the articles in them are truly timeless.
And, as a bonus, our designer Jeremy just finished putting together the first Tenkara Coloring Book! We hope this may be a fun activity for you and your family, or something that will entertain the kids.

 Tenkara Coloring Book

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 Tenkara Magazine 2016

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Tenkara Magazine 2015

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Tenkara Magazine 2014 

Tenkara Magazine Cover

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New product release – 10 years

On August 14, 2019 • Comments (0)
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We don’t release new products very often, but when we do it is because we think they need to be out there. I hope you will enjoy the offerings below.

Fish rising t-shirt Tenkara USAT-shirt, $24

A fish rises to a kebari, you think about that day and night.
Designed by Jeremy Shellhorn, 100% cotton, made in the USA.



Tenkara USA 10th anniversary t-shirt

T-shirt, $24

Celebrating 10 years since the introduction of tenkara to the US.
Designed by Jeremy Shellhorn, 100% cotton, made in the USA.


SOLD OUT

10th anniversary Ebisu tenkara rod10th Anniversary Ebisu, $175

The classic Tenkara USA rod, Ebisu, improved and released as a limited 10th anniversary edition.

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Commemorative water bottles by Tenkara USAWater bottles, $8/$20

Commemorative bottles, two versions available: 17oz non-insulated bottle for $8, or a 42oz insulated bottle for $20.

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Tenkara Summit 2019

On August 13, 2019 • Comments (0)
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The 2019 Tenkara Summit, which celebrated our 10th anniversary is now behind us. It was a blast of an event. In the coming days we will try putting out more videos of the presentations, but here is a quick compilation of the event. Thank you all who came, but also all of you who couldn’t make it but have supported us over the years and have allowed us to be here today!

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