Time-lapse of the Tenkara USA booth at Fly Fishing Show

On February 3, 2014 • Comments (1)

Here’s a one-minute time-lapse of the Tenkara USA booth at the recent Fly Fishing Show in Somerset. If you want to see why we were one of the busiest booths at the show, please come by one of the shows listed below.

Fly Fishing Shows (click on this link for details on where the shows are, etc):

February 7-8: Winston-Salem, NC

February 15-16: Lynnwood, WA

February 21-23: Pleasanton, CA

March 1-2: Lancaster, PA

International Sportsmen Expo (ISE):

March 13-16: Salt Lake City, UT


March 21-23: Backcountry Hunters and Anglers Rendezvous, Denver, CO

March 28-29: Wasatch Fly Fishing and Tying Expo, Salt Lake City, UT


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Tenkara Tie-a-thon Raises $761 for CO flood Relief Efforts – #Tenkara4COFlood

On September 23, 2013 • Comments (0)

This weekend we held the first Tenkara Tie-a-thon to help victims of the devastating Colorado flood. The recent floods have swept homes, displaced thousands of people and took a few lives right near the Tenkara USA headquarters (which, luckily, was mostly untouched). The Colorado community has been super welcoming to Tenkara USA. we are at home here, and we wanted to help in some way. We also wanted to engage the community for support. It’s one thing to send a check out, it’s another thing to send a check out and have hundreds of people sending their thoughts and moral support to those affected.

So, we proposed that for every fly the community tied and shared a picture of this weekend we would donate $1 to help flood victims. As we expected, the tenkara community showed their support en masse. According to our tally, 701 flies were tied and pictured this weekend (and 12 videos, for which we’re giving $5/ea., were made). That’s $761 going to flood victims this week on behalf of the tenkara community. The donation has been sent to United Way’s Foothills Flood Relief Fund. Thank you all who contributed for your show of support.

Here are a few pictures shared with us. To see all flies visit our Facebook page, or type #Tenkara4COFlood on Twitter.

Tenkara flies for flood relief

1st batch of tenkara flies by Rob Gonzales

Tenkara fly by Gary W. Clark

Tenkara flies by Alfredo Navas for Colorado flood relief

Some tenkara flies by Alfredo Navas

John Geer of Tenkara USA also got in on the fun and tied 42 tenkara flies this weekend

John Geer of Tenkara USA also got in on the fun and tied 42 tenkara flies this weekend

Tenkara for CO flood relief fly-tying

Fly by MKFlies.com

A tenkara fly by Anthony Naples

A tenkara fly by Anthony Naples

30 tenkara flies by Dennis Vander Houwen

30 tenkara flies by Dennis Vander Houwen

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Tenkara Takeover – Boulder Creek

On July 17, 2013 • Comments (18)

How much fun would it be to have a bunch of tenkara anglers show up in mass with their tenkara rods in hand at a tenkara-perfect mountain stream that is practically in town and full of trout? It would be like taking-over the stream for a day, with a bunch of 12 to 13ft long tenkara rods waving about, attracting the curious looks and questions of passers-by.
Boulder Creek tenkara
That’s the premise of a casual gathering I’m proposing for Saturday, August 3rd on Boulder Creek, in Boulder, Colorado: The Tenkara Takeover – Boulder Creek. This is the first event of what I hope may become a tenkara tradition across the country, where tenkara anglers may hold their own “takeover” of popular streams.

If you’re anywhere near Boulder, Colorado, please join me on August 3rd to fish Boulder Creek. No RSVP required, and this is a free event. This is a casual outing and tenkara anglers are encouraged to fish up and down Boulder Creek at their own pace. Show up anytime, fish as late as you can. We just want to see as many tenkara rods there as possible. There will be some giveaways, some tenkara instructions if you desire, and likely free beer afterwards at Upslope Brewery.

– At 9AM I will be across the street from the first very large parking lot in the Canyon on the North/Right side of the road going up (by the footbridge for the Boulder Canyon Trail, and near and “The Dome”, the parking area across the street is huge and can’t be missed). I will assist anyone who may have questions about rigging and then do a short clinic on the water. I also plan on having some free giveaways like shirts and hats.
– Fish all day, until whenever you want
– At around 3 pm anyone interested can head over to Upslope brewery on 1898 S. Flatiron Court, Boulder, CO. we may be hooked up with some free beer by a brewery that supports local trout stream conservation!
– If you’re up for it, fish some more in the evening!

* I will have some demo rods if you or a friend wants to join but doesn’t have one.

Boulder Creek is the stream near Tenkara USA’s new home and it would be great to see the community coming together there. Other anglers may hate us or may be very curious, I sure hope it will be the latter.
*** In case they hate us, I also suggest bringing a plastic bag and pick up any and all trash we see there.

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Grayling on Tenkara

On June 29, 2013 • Comments (5)

Just got on the road for the 6-hour drive back to Anchorage, Alaska, from 3-days of fishing with veterans of Project Healing Waters. I’ll be writing a full trip report shortly and put a video together, but in the meantime wanted to share a photo of one of the many grayling caught in this trip with our tenkara rods, lines and flies. Phenomenal.


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Tenkara Summit Photography

On May 15, 2013 • Comments (5)

Every event needs a good photographer. We have been very lucky to get professional photographers to attend all of our Tenkara Summits and memorialize the event in superb photos. This year we counted on the presence of Justin Ide. Justin was a participant at the event and is a professional photographer who offered to capture the moments at the 2013 Tenkara Summit. If you’re looking for a professional photographer, look no further: http://www.justinide.com/. Enjoy the slideshow below.

Tenkara Summit 2013 – Images by Justin Ide

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Brookies are awesome

On May 14, 2013 • Comments (2)

Yesterday, with the Tenkara Summit behind us, TJ, John and I headed to the Virginia mountains in search of brook trout. Brookies were on TJ’s bucket list. Beautiful fish, and we caught plenty of them.


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Win a Free Trip to the 2013 Tenkara Summit in Virginia

On March 7, 2013 • Comments (11)

Tenkara Summit in Virginia, tenkara fly-fishingOn May 11 and 12 we’re holding the 3rd annual Tenkara Summit (registrations now open), this time in Harrisonburg, Virginia. This is promising to be a great event, with phenomenal fishing all around.
To celebrate it Tenkara USA is giving out a free trip to the Summit. This will include: one round-trip ticket from/to your home within the Continental USA, 2 nights in the hotel where the Summit will be held, free attendance (a $100 value) and a tenkara rod!

How to Participate?
To get a chance to win you’ll need to create a video about tenkara. The video must be new (shot, edited and uploaded after this post went up). It should be uploaded on Youtube or Vimeo, and a link to it must be entered in the comments for this post. By posting the link on the comment section you grant Tenkara USA the rights to share the video online through its blog, Facebook and Twitter pages, and other online medium.
Video must be uploaded by April 10th. Winner will be selected on April 20th.

How to Win?
We’ll select the winner by allocating 10 points based on the criteria below. The main way to win the free trip will be based on number of views of your video, which carries 6 points.

1) Number of views* (6 points, video with most views gets 6 points, others will be “graded” on a curve)
2) Over 2,000 views (1 point)
3) Featuring Tenkara USA gear (1 point)
4) Conservation message (1 point)
5) TUSA Staff Favorite (1 point)

* Video must have at least 500 views
** 1 point deducted if negative comments/thumbs down equal or surpass positive comments/thumbs up
*** In the event of a tie, Tenkara USA will find an unaffiliated person to serve as a tie breaker based on his/her favorite film.
1) By submitting video link to this contest, the user who submitted the link attests he has full copyright ownership of said video, and has the explicit authorization from those who appear in the video to use their image.
2) User who submitted the video grants Tenkara USA a royalty-free, irrevocable and unrestricted right to share the video through any channels Tenkara USA sees fit.
3) Winner agrees to communicate promptly with Tenkara USA to ensure any flights and hotel room are booked by no later than April 25th.
4) Contest entry dates end on April 10th at midnight PST. Winners will be chosen on April 20th.
5) Flights are for domestic, continental USA flights only. No international flights.
6) User must be 18 years old or older to enter the contest.
7) User may submit up to 5 videos.

The goal of this contest is to help bring awareness about tenkara to new people.
However, you do not need tenkara equipment to participate. So long as you talk about tenkara (perhaps what has made you interested in it), then it’s okay. Also, keep in mind if you also talk a bit about conservation (perhaps stream cleanup, https://www.tenkarausa.com/blog/?p=2560) there is an extra point in there.

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“I Am Kebari” – I Am Fly

On February 28, 2013 • Comments (2)

by TJ Ferreira


What a great couple of months!  The experience at all of the fly fishing shows these last couple of months left me thinking of adopting the name TJ “Kebari” Ferreira, or TJ “FLY” Ferreira.

As some of may know, Tenkara USA had a booth at almost all of the Fly Fishing Shows throughout the USA, and for the first time we also had a booth at the International Sportsman Expo held in Sacramento, CA. All in all we attended 6 of the 7 Fly Fishing Shows and 1 ISE show. What a whirlwind tour for myself, Daniel, John, and our guest helpers. We really enjoyed being  able to spread the joys of tenkara to the masses.

The 3 of us at Somerset Fly Fishing Show. Daniel, John, and TJ.

If you do not like a long blogs, you can stop reading here knowing we all had a great time. But… if you would like to come on a little trip with me, hop in my 1967 VW Bus for a little ride, a little chat, and lets get this tenkara peace pipe smoking!

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Tenkara Testimonials (VIDEO)

On January 28, 2013 • Comments (9)

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Somerset Fly Fishing Show

On January 25, 2013 • Comments (0)

The biggest flyfishing show of the season just started. The Tenkara USA spaceship is up. And the crew is pumped for 3 days of spreading tge method. Come by and get your special gift from Tenkara USA. See you there.


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25 seconds at the Tenkara USA booth

On January 13, 2013 • Comments (0)

The last four days that the ISE show in Sacramento were BUSY! It really felt like this pretty much the whole time at the ISE Show in Sacramento.

Most of the people coming by had “fly fished once before a long time ago…”. Many said they didn’t take it up because there were too many things to learn, and so we had the perfect answer for them: tenkara!

We were there for 4 days, for a total of 34 hours. In the segment above we introduced 7 people to tenkara for the first time. Now, if the segment above is 1/4 of a minute, just multiply the segment above by 8,160 times and you get an idea for how many interactions we felt we had this weekend. Yes, we introduced a good number of people to a a simpler method of fly-fishing this weekend.

Video shot by TJ

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ISE Sacramento and Tenkara

On January 11, 2013 • Comments (2)

Phew! Day 2 of the ISE Sacramento show is behind us, and 2 more days ahead. As TJ wrote about it on facebook “busy, busy, busy”…

Here’s a picture of the booth today. It was packed a big deal of the time and that was fun. At 1:30pm I did a presentation and at 6:30pm a casting demo. If you’ll be coming by in the next couple of days, I’ll be doing a presentation at 5:30pm on Saturday (and I’m guessing a casting demo at 6:30) and a presentation at 2:30pm on Sunday. Hope to see some of you there, and thank you all who stopped by to say hello and to learn more about tenkara.

Tenkara at ISE show Sacramento

 photos by TJ

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Come see us in 2013 – Tenkara USA at Fishing shows

On December 27, 2012 • Comments (6)

We’ll be attending several of the Fly Fishing Shows in the next two months. We’d love to see you coming by our booth if you’re near any of these locations. Additionally we’ll have presentations and casting demonstrations at each one of these shows. Looking forward to meeting as many of you in 2013 as possible:

January 4-6: Fly Fishing Show in Denver, CO 

January 10-13: ISE in Sacramento, CA 

January 18-20: Fly Fishing Show in Marlborough, MA (Daniel Galhardo will be at the Bear’s Den booth for this one and doing presentations and demonstrations)

January 25-27: Fly Fishing Show in Somerset, NJ

February 9-10: Fly Fishing Show in Wiston-Salem, NC

February 16-17: Fly Fishing Show in Lynnwood (Seattle), WA

February 22-24: Fly Fishing Show in Pleasanton, CA

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Tenkara Summit 2013

On December 16, 2012 • Comments (1)

We just received the artwork from Anthony Naples for the 3rd Annual Tenkara Summit, which will be held in Harrisonburg, VA on May 11 and 12. We’ll count on the support of the Mossy Creek Fly Shop to carry the event on. Anthony’s artwork this year is designed to reflect the bluegrass feel of the area with tenkara embodied in it.

Tenkara Summit 2013


Registrations and further details will be released in coming weeks – for now, just mark your calendars. For your planning The event format will consist of two days, with day 1 being clinics and presentations, we’ll request a $25 registration fee which will include lunch. Day 2 will consist of free demos /get together in the morning and optional $75 lunch and guided clinics in the afternoon.

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SAVE THE DATE TENKARA SUMMIT 2013: May 11-12 – Harrisonburg, VA

On November 26, 2012 • Comments (15)

Update 11/26: Mossy Creek Fly Fishing and Tenkara USA continue to talk and nail down more specific details about the 2013 Tenkara Summit. We’ll have the exact location for Day 1 figured out on our next call on December 14th.  Day 2 will be held at a neat day-use area on the Dry River, with optional afternoon trips to several streams in the area. We have established that there will be a $25 fee for day one, which will include lunch and entertainment in the evening. Following the last Summit’s format, Day 2 will consiste of free demos and get together in the morning, with optional guided trips in the afternoon which will cost $75 (includes lunch).



May 11 – 12

Harrisonburg, VA

More details to be announced and registrations to open soon.

Tenkara Summit 2013 Location - Harrisonburg, VA

Based on numerous requests and the very active tenkara community around the Appalachians, the 3rd Tenkara Summit will be held in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Harrisonburg is likely the most central location for the tenkara community on the East coast and it boasts of hundreds of miles of tenkara-perfect waters all around it. Tenkara USA will be counting on the support of Mossy Creek Fly Fishing, a current Tenkara USA dealer and one of our most passionate advocates, for hosting this event.

As always, the purpose of the Tenkara Summit is to bring together tenkara anglers and to share knowledge about the Japanese method of fly-fishing known as tenkara. While we may make tenkara gear available for sale for the convenience of those attending, the Tenkara Summit is generally a non-commercial event.

Following this year’s format, this will be a 2-day event, with the first day being mostly indoors with presentations, tenkara fly-tying, demonstrations, videos, music and more. Day 2 will be held outside in the mountains just outside of Harrisonburg (about 20 minutes drive), with demos and fishing. Those wanting to stay around a bit longer will have access to lots of water to keep them busy for several days. We will be charging a reasonable attendance/lunch fee to reserve spots for this event.

More details to come soon. Meanwhile mark your calendars, the Tenkara Summit will be happening again.


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