Online Registrations CLOSED, walk-ins welcome
$35, includes lunch
The Tenkara Summit is our gathering of the tenkara community with the purpose of sharing knowledge about tenkara and for the community to meet and fish together. It is also a great opportunity to visit and fish in one of the prime mountain stream areas of the United States.
Our 6th Annual Tenkara Summit will take place in Estes Park, Colorado on September 16th. This is one of the most beautiful times of year to visit Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. The fishing is absolutely great, water levels are good, thunderstorms are less common, trout will eat on the surface and below, and the elk roam in their rutting season. This Tenkara Summit is shaping up to be the largest and coolest so far.
Estes Park Events Center. 1125 Rooftop Way, Estes Park, CO 80517 United States
8am – 9am: Registrations (Coffee provided by Overland Coffee Co.)
9:00- 9:30 Welcome & intro by Daniel Galhardo
9:30-10:10 Fishing Small Waters by Matt Sment
10:20-11:05 Tenkara techniques by Jason Klass
11:15-12:00 Fishing RMNP by Steve Schweitzer
12:00 – 3:00 Lunch, vendors, and clinics on rigging, casting technique and fly-tying
3:00 – 3:45 Talk with Yvon Chouinard
3:45 – 4:30 Advanced tenkara Dr. Hisao Ishigaki
4:30 – 5:00 Panel moderated by Adam Trahan
7pm – 10pm Fly-tying evening
Tenkara Magic show by Dennis Michael
Music by Paper Moonshine
Pies and light snacks plus a cash bar available
Sunday is fishing day! Meet people the day before and go fish a variety of streams in the town, in the Park or other places.
30-45 minute presentations including the following speakers:
Dr. Hisao Ishigaki will be coming from Japan especially for this event
Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia, will talk about his approach to tenkara and conservation
Daniel Galhardo, Tenkara USA founder will be signing books and doing a short talk about tenkara
Jason Klass will be presenting on tenkara techniques
Adam Trahan will be speaking about Accuracy Casting to improve Tenkara Catch Rate
Matt Sment will cover some tips for tenkara fishing
Steve Schweitzer on fishing the local waters, also with his guide books to Rocky Mountain National Park and Indian Peaks Wilderness
The Tenkara Summit is not a big sales event, but we have invited a few vendors to participate. Tenkara USA will have a booth with Summit merchandise and a small amount of product available in case you need a rod.
Adventure Mat (portable changing mats, for putting on waders, etc)
Finest Benches (tenkara and tying accessories)
FlyFishing Artwork (custom bamboo rod cases)
Native Eyewear (lightweight polarized sunglasses)
Orvis (waders, boots, etc)
Overland Coffee (portable pour-over coffee)
Tenkara Path (line spools for tenkara)
Trek Light Gear (lightweight portable hammocks)
Zimmerbuilt (lightweight custom packs)
Lunch on Saturday will be included in the admission. We are bringing in 3 fantastic food trucks to the event so that you have your pick.
For other meals we have included some local information below.
There are several options for lodging in Estes Park close to the event center.
The event will take place at the Estes Park Event Center, on 1125 Rooftop Way, Estes Park, CO 80517. Here is a map with hotels in the area. We don’t currently have a specific suggestion.
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What to bring
• Colorado fishing license – get your Colorado fishing license here
• Tenkara fishing gear (we’ll have some available for sale, but recommend getting a rod ahead of time here to ensure availability).
• Polarized sunglasses
• SPF30+ Sunscreen.
• Sun Protection: Hat. Buff, etc.
• Water Bottle: Staying hydrated is essential! You’ll find that you need to drink a lot more water than normal at higher altitudes.
• Layers: Windbreaker, Fleece, etc. – weather is super nice at this time of year, but it will be cool in the evenings and temperature could be low during the day too. Thunderstorms are always possible.
Where to fish
Where to eat
On Saturday we will be having lunch options at the Summit location, but for Saturday dinner and other times you are int town, here are some options:
Inkwell & Brew
150 E Elkhorn Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517
Ravens Roast Coffee Lounge
157 W Elkhorn Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517
865 Moraine Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517
Coffee on the Rocks
510 Moraine Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517
342 Moraine Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517
Mountain Home Café
457 E Wonderview Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517
361 S Saint Vrain Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517
Notchtop Bakery & Café
459 E Wonder View Ave, Ste 4, Estes Park, CO 80517