It was only 6 months ago where he asked me what my greatest regret was, and I answered “Settling down in a great city that is so far from good mountain streams! I live in Pacifica, just outside of San Francisco. My wife loves it here but I want to be nearer a stream. I’m writing this from the airport, on my way to Colorado with Margaret, and I’m hoping she will fall in love with it and we’ll move there tomorrow!”
It’s now official: Tenkara USA is moving to Boulder, Colorado!
Ever since visiting Colorado for the first time (on this trip with John Gierach and Ed Engle), I have been trying to convince Margaret that we should move there. San Francisco, after all, is not really a hot fly-fishing destination, and more and more I started dreading the long 3-hour drives to enjoy mountain stream fishing. Plus, every time I read a blog about tenkara fishing in Colorado, like this one by Jason Klass, or this one by Paul Vertrees, or this one by Kevin Fricke, or this one by Karel Lansky…I’m reminded of how there is a lot of fishing in the state and also how active the tenkara community out there is.
While I’m really not enjoying the process of packing, I’m super excited to start calling Colorado home in a week. There were a lot of things that prompted us to move there. First, the fishing is the state is great. I can be in some great streams in less than 10 minutes from the new HQ, and if I’m willing to drive a couple of hours there is a whole world of fishing. I’m really hopeful the move will inspire some great content for this site, in addition to a new boost of inspiration for developing and refining our product-line.
Colorado also has one of the most active tenkara communities in the country, and I’m excited to be in the middle of it. Lastly, Boulder has a good mixture of everything my wife and I need: a great University (where Margaret will hopefully be going in the future), a booming community of outdoor-industry entrepreneurs, and great opportunities for other outdoor activities, and amiable climate with a winter everyone is promising to be mild enough that even a guy from Brazil and his wife from Southern California will survive.
To be fair, it’s not like it’s a huge corporate relocation. Essentially, where I go Tenkara USA follows. We don’t have a retail location (and for the time being Tenkara USA will not have a retail location in Boulder); our warehousing and distribution is outsourced to a third-party fulfillment company; our customer service will continue to be handled by TJ who lives up in the California mountains and additional support and repairs by John Geer who is out in Montana. I’m fortunate to be able to move anywhere I want due to the way I setup the business. And, I’m partially convinced that this fish is the reason Margaret finally agreed to move.
If I don’t answer your email or respond to this blog for the next week, now you know why. I hope you all have a very happy Thanksgiving, and if you’re out in Colorado, let’s connect soon. If you’re not there, you’ll have a reason to visit with the 2014 Tenkara Summit.
Welcome to the Rockies!
Larry, really looking forward to enjoying those mountains – also, looking forward to seeing you at the shows in a couple of months!
have a safe trip to Colorado and I am sure you will settle in quickly. looking forward fishing with you again!
A huge congratulations Daniel! I cannot wait to hear more about the move and I look forward to connecting once you settle on the magazines (and one of ours is based in Boulder..Elevation Outdoors!)
Did you hear about Sid?
I have just been going through the magazines in the last few days, BlueRidge and Elevation. It is certainly in my mind and I was thinking of some concepts.
Yes, I heard about Sid. A great loss to the world of outdoor adventures. He looked to be in very good shape and high spirits when I met him and I feel blessed to have met him and his family when I did.
Awesome! Make a trip up to Laramie, WY when you get settled!
WY is certainly in my mind, and actually a big reason CO looked appealing, I like the central location. Will check out Laramie.
This is awesome Daniel! It will be great to have you here! Now Colorado will truly be the epicenter for tenkara in the US
Jason once told me that if I ever visited CO that I would never leave. It seems that has certainly come true for you. Have fun settling in and exploring your new surroundings. There’s some great fishing to come I’m sure.
Congratulations! I hope you have a safe and worry-free relocation. Summit in 2014, huh? Sounds great. I’d love to get back to CO for a little fishing.
Again, welcome to the neighborhood.
Great pics. The one of Margaret says it all!
Congratulations on making the big move!
Colorado is a good place for you to call home and HQ for Tenkara USA. Have a safe trip and let us all know when you are up and running or should I say up and fishing lol. Anyway take care and Happy Thanksgiving.
That’s great news! Good luck on the move, i’m sure you’ll love it.
Glad to have you in Colorado! Looking forward to fishing with you in the future.
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I’ve been looking to move to Boulder myself in the next few months. Having a good community of tenkara just makes the idea of living there more exciting. All I have to do now is find work in Boulder.
It’s just beautiful here, we’re getting more into it by the minute. Good luck on the job search and hope we’ll see you here.
Colorado is heaven for fly fishing with tons of streams and lakes, you can have it all here. I enjoy tying my own flies. Its two hobbies in one. Good luck with the move and i hope Colorado is good to you as it has been to me!