Gink & Gasoline & Tenkara

On August 4, 2015
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You are probably rightly thinking I have been neglecting the blog for sometime. But, I hope you’re not thinking anything along the lines of, “tenkara is simple, he must have run out of things to say.” That’s not the case at all. You see, the difficult thing about creating content is usually that there is so much to say and so many places I want to feature what I write. And, there are only so many times in the day I can do so. Plus, there are some exciting projects coming along that you will see soon. I’ll keep my mouth shut about those until they are launched though.


For now, I wanted to share some writing I have been doing for my friend Louis Cahill at Gink & Gasoline. Louis has been a big supporter of Tenkara USA and asked me to contribute some writing. I couldn’t say no. Now, the good thing about Louis is that he’s really good at following up with me and making sure I deliver him some content. It’s like having a boss; I’m finding out that when left to my own devices I sometimes choose to go fishing rather than writing.


Since June of last year I have written several pieces on tenkara for Gink & Gasoline. Actually, just today he published another article I wrote for him, one that I believe you would like to read too, which is about sinking flies without using weight.


Another article you may want to read that I wrote for G&G recently is Invisible Waters. Ah, and I should mention that Tim Harris, a customer of ours and devout tenkara angler, has written a couple of pieces too.


I expect to get back in the groove of writing on our own blog pretty soon, but for now enjoy the work that has only been possible due to the whipping provided by my good friend Louis.


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5 Responses to Gink & Gasoline & Tenkara

  1. The Gink & Gasoline contributions have been really enjoyable, and hopefully widening your audience.
    Thanks for contributing those.

  2. David says:

    A good series of articles, I’ve read several of them, but not yet all. A couple of comments.

    First about technique, quit by accident earlier this summer I discovered how well sometimes it will work to just hold the fly stationery in a likely spot. I was wading and the rocks were quite slick. I had cast along the seam between fast and slow water, letting the fly drift and swing into slower water. While holding the rod still while looking around for a secure place to step, I hooked up to a 14″ trout. The fly having drifted just down stream of a large stone I had drifted over before. After moving to a new standing spot. I let the fly drift to the same place, then held it still again, much longer than I normally would. And hooked up with an 11″ trout. I think after the bigger guy was off pondering what just happened, the smaller guy took his prime feeding spot. It doesn’t always work, but sometimes it does.

    Ozzie Ozefovich, of UnderwaterOz, has a series of videos about Trout lays and other behavior, His films make a good case that fish will often hold in what seems to us as unlikely spots. Often underwater past a stone the water will flow up stream. And the fish will be facing down stream, though it is still facing into the current where it is holding.

    Also his film shows fish can often hold in fast water with minimum energy expenditure by just small movements of their fins. Kind of similar to how a white water kayaker can surf up stream on big waves in fast water without doing much paddling. But, I think – though it’s possible I am wrong, the fish will prefer the calmer water because it makes the movement of food more predictable, and easier to catch, Rather than preferring slower water just because it would seem they would expend more energy to hold there. However, even if the water is fairly fast, if it’s not turbulent, making movement of food unpredictable, they may still hold in places you don’t expect.

    • Hey David, glad you read the pieces and thanks so much for sharing these resources! It seems like I can always count on you to help grow our body of knowledge here! Thanks for reading; glad you discovered that technique, one of my favorites too.

  3. Michaela says:


    Enjoyed reading this series , thank you!

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