Tenkara fishing in Spain
by Jeffry Gottfried
I've been traveling in Spain and doing a little tenkara fishing. It is extremely difficult for a foreigner to get a fishing license and then permission to fish on a particular piece of a stream or river.
I hired Alex Luque, a delightful young man and guide from San Sebastián, Basque Country, to get my licence and permission to fish on the Bidasoa River. Alex fished a western fly rod and I fished my Ito Tenkara USA rod. After hours of fishing promising looking waters with a Kebari, I switched to a bushy, size 12 caddis pattern that I skittered all over the river, as only a tenkara angler can, inspiring numerous surface attacks by native brown trout (trucha comun). Needless to say, Alex was very impressed! It was a great day!
Walk softly and carry a long stick. - Teddy Roosevelt (almost)
Tenkara has no strict rules. Enjoy tenkara in your own way.
- Eiji Yamakawa
“The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten” – Benjamin Franklin
The hooks are sharp.
The coffee's hot.
The fish are slippery when wet.