The Best Way to Understand Tenkara

On July 28, 2013
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“The best way to understand tenkara is to think about the original tenkara angler, the commercial fisherman in Japan trying to catch fish for a living.” Daniel Galhardo

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  1. Michaela says:

    It’s been said that a picture is worth a thousand words, among those words Tenkara, simplicity, and efficiency. Daniel I love the picture , I love the your words!.

  2. Stephen says:

    An unfortunate thing about most humans is that we spend too much time looking back. Life, good art, and time only go forward.
    I’ve worked in retail for the first half of my life and the most important thing I learned is that you must give people what they want-not what you think they should have. Daniel, let me encourage you to engage with the way Americans are using tenkara too. Then, T-USA will be truly successful . Best wishes.

    • Stephen, I believe we are doing that with content and by offering modern equipment that is designed with the American angler in mind. This is more philosophical.
      Something else I’ve written and which would fit well there is “the best way to simplify fly fishing is to think about the commercial tenkara angler who was very effective yet only used what was truly necessary.”
      If we cater too much to how people currently fish here we will not help simplify as floatant, strike indicators, split-shot, hundreds of patterns in a box, heavy lines and short rods are the norm. We came about to offer a new way of thinking…admittedly by looking back a bit.

  3. Stephen says:

    Don’t think you got my point…but its all good.

  4. It’s funny, I think that quote helps us understand the method, but maybe not the motivation. I won’t starve if I don’t catch a fish. I’m just out there for fun. These guys made a living off of it so they had to get it right. But, I’m happy to steal the effective techniques they developed for my own recreation. :)

    • Jason, it is not necessary to understand it to enjoy it, but for people interested in getting more into tenkara and understand its subtleties, I believe that is the best way to get there. But, indeed, stealing their techniques for recreation is perfectly justifiable.

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