Mike Warren is a tenkara guide in the Driftless Area of Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota.
MY TENKARA EXPERIENCE
I find people genuinely enjoy the relaxed simplicity of Tenkara. And it’s a perfect match for our curvy, short-run Driftless region streams providing the needed accuracy, stealth, and an intimate connection.
I have been using tenkara methods and Tenkara USA products since 2012 and integrated tenkara lessons and guiding into my services in 2014.
I started guiding in the Driftless area in 2009 after snickering when seeing so many visitors fished only the most heavily publicized and marked locations with easy access points. There are so many more than a few famous streams here… After starting small, guiding on weekends, about 20 days a year now, a dozen-plus years later, I’ve guided over 700 clients, retired from my other career, and work with Driftless visitors over 100 days per season between April 15 to October 15.
I avoid the “cookie cutter” days by making every Driftless experience unique, matching streams to a client’s desires, physical abilities, and fishing background. I also try to make your day a complete experience. I offer up a little Driftless history, provide more upscale meals, offer a wide variety of rental equipment that includes an assortment of Tenkara USA rods and Orvis waders/boots, and always pick clients up in a clean, well-equipped vehicle.
It’s a great retirement gig, a fun way to make a few extra dollars, and as one of my clients said while we stood knee-deep in a beautiful Driftless trout stream, “Mike, I gotta say — I love your office.”
Mike Let’s try to get a date on the books in September…..I’d love to hire you to take me fishing!! Call me this week at Butterfield CC.
I have been out with Mike twice and can say that he really knows the Driftless Area of SW Wisconsin. He is a really good teacher and a day with Mike includes a really good lunch. We will definitely hook up again.
I followed Mike’s recommendation and signed on for the Dusk and Dawn package. After a few basic questions about my fishing abilities and the gear I was planning on using, he had a plan crafted as to where to take me fishing, complete with fallback options should access points be occupied. I had a really fun evening of fishing, catching a bunch of browns and a nice big and feisty brookie. Mike was really patient and encouraging, and readily shared his knowledge about Tenkara casting techniques, reading the stream, approach angles, fish vision, and so forth. I learned a ton. Based on our discussions during the evening session, and after assessing my casting ability and making recommendations on how to tweak my gear, he changed the plan for the dawn session and brought me to a stream with a bit more of an approach, which I appreciated. Again I learned a great deal about casting technique, structure identification, current reading, fish holding spot identification, fly selection, and plans of attack based on efficiency and effectiveness. I hooked into more fish than ever before, including two browns which were the biggest I’d ever caught. Such a great time. When not fishing, Mike is a font of knowledge about the Driftless region in general. He’s also very professional and sticks to the agreed upon schedule. I highly recommend Mike as a guide, and am already looking into scheduling another session or two with him before the season closes.
I am the co -founder of Guitars 4 Vets and i live to fish!! I work with mostly combat vets. For my own therapy i need to become very good at Tenkara because i love the concept of Samarae to mtn fisherman. The simplicity movement and connection of Tenkara really appeals to me. Can you teach me the art and the driftless area? I also have a 10 foot european nymph rod along with two Tenkara rods. I want to fish for brookies and browns big water and small water. I will also take my canoe, and labrador Retriever Folger out with me for nature and smallie fishin (with a heavier rod than stream) closer to home here in wauwatosa.
I will be going to Rocky Moutain National Park near the end of May to hang out with friends and hopefully to get away briefly and Tenkara fish! When i come back i have the whole summer to learn Tenkara here at homebrookies
I am interested in trying this intriguing type of fishing. Please let me know if you have any available date early this year. I have not purchased any equipment yet as I would like to understand this process before I take the bait ( fishing joke).
Hi Steve – please email me at email@example.com or call 6087922521