Pleasanton Fly Fishing Show Recap

On February 27, 2012
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The Pleasanton show ended yesterday, took me about a day to recover. What a show! For tenkara, this was the apex of the fly fishing show season, and the beginning of the “year of tenkara”.

This time the impression that we had a busy booth was confirmed  by multiple reports that indeed we had the busiest booth in the show! Our inventory dissipated like crazy despite the careful planning with experience from previous show. So, yes, I’m stoked – the tenkara community grew considerably this weekend.

Connecting with customers in person was certainly the highlight for our team. A new tenkara adopter, Mike Sevon and his wife wrote to us after the show,  “Tillie and I  really enjoyed the show and being able to handle the different Tenkara rods was the highlight.  I spent the entire day on the internet learning as much as I could about Tenkara…Since we only bought one Tenkara rod, the 12 foot Iwana, I have a feeling we will be fighting over this rod until I get another one.”

Tenkara casting demo at Plesanton Show photo by Mike Sevon
Photo by Mike Sevon.

TJ, our customer service face, and Masaki lent us their very passionate and energetic enthusiasm for all three days. It wouldn’t have happened without their help. They helped customers left and right and allowed me to give a couple of demonstrations or interact with other vendors and friends. A winning team.

Tenkara USA booth at Pleasanton Fly Fishing Show

The casting demonstrations again served to dispel the “myth” that tenkara is dapping. I couldn’t keep track of the number of people who stopped by our booth and said, “oh, so it’s just like dapping…”. I would respond that no, it is not, and invite them to watch the casting demo a few minutes later, or take them behind the booth and let them cast the rods themselves.

Tenkara casting demonstration at Pleasanton Fly Fishing Show

Next up, Pasadena! Please join us next Saturday and Sunday at the Fly Fishing Show in Pasadena. 

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6 Responses to Pleasanton Fly Fishing Show Recap

  1. Art Galicia says:

    I researched Tenkara before the show and was excited to find out that you were going to have the booth at the Pleasanton Show and even more excited when I found out you would have rods and accessories to purchase. I was there first thing on Friday was able to handle the different rods and ended up with an Iwana and Amago. It was great talking to all of you and picking your brain. I took my son, Max. back on Saturday. His first flyfishing show. You made his day when you asked him to be in your casting demo. He’s excited about Tenkara and “his” rods :). He even tied his first fly there. Tight Lines!

    • Hey Art,
      Excellent! Thank you so much for the comment and for stopping by to chat with us. Glad you brought max over, especially as it is good to have a kid in the audience – those adults can usually not figure out how to land a fish without a reel as easily as Max did! Hope you guys enjoy tenkara together.

  2. Art Galicia says:

    We definitely will! We’ll keep you posted on our adventures! Hope to make it to the Summit. An RV trip to SLC sounds like a winner! Thanks again to you, TJ and Masaki for a job well done at the Show!

  3. David says:

    Hmm. Looks to me like – Tres Amigos Pleasanton. ; -)

  4. TJ Ferreira says:

    Agreed David. 😎 We all made a great team I would say.

    Art, keep us posted on your fishing adventures. Make sure to post your tales in our forums.


  5. Shoreman says:

    Daniel, it was a pleasure meeting you. As soon as I got home I sent the picture to Mike (Troutrageous) and bragged that I got personal service when I bought my Iwana. It’s Saturday morning and I’ve yet to get out and try the rod because of the recent snow storm, but Monday I’m dragging my friend Yuki out for the test run. Stop by Northern California Trout and see how it went.


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