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Chris AKA TenkaraBum

by Ken
(Bentonville AR. USA)

I would like to share my thoughts on a guy I have never met. Chris. I got hooked (pun intended) on tenkara 5 yrs ago. The more I fished with this method the more I got hooked (sorry). I have been fly fishing for 59 yrs or so and in the last 5 yrs have fished 1 day with conventional western gear! The rest of my fishing is with Tenkara. I have been lucky enough to have been able to spend my summers in West Yellowstone for the last 29 yrs.

Enough about me. I have bought several rods from Chris. I have never dealt with a person more informative or more honest in his opinions on a subject (especially fishing). His business practices cannot be beat. His comments on tenkara fishing are spot on. If you are interested at all with Tenkara fishing his web site is the place to be. Honestly.

Ken AKA Kenkara

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Jul 26, 2016
I'll second that motion.
by: Terry Farmer

Chris is number one for all my fixed line fishing endeavors. His website, products, customer service, integrity, etc., etc. are second to none.

Jul 26, 2016
Couldn't agree more!
by: Rick Munday

Chris *is* a great guy.

Beyond just being a vendor, he's a great resource for the community in general.

Jul 26, 2016
On the spot!
by: Dave and The Boss

We couldn't have said it better ourselves! Kudos to you, Chris!

Jul 26, 2016
I'll second that as well
by: Jason Hudlow

Mr. Farmer's comments describe my feelings exactly. No need or desire to shop anywhere else. Thanks Chris!

Jul 26, 2016
Me too!
by: Tom Davis

Amen! I agree too!

Jul 26, 2016
the best
by: doug

I'm always showing off my pocket mini or some other rod, and insisting "don't just google Tenkara....go straight to Tenkarabum, the best online mail company on the entire www".

Jul 26, 2016
by: Garry Jackson

My wife laughs when I say tenkara is less expensive than western fly fishing (I now own 4 rods and a bunch of other stuff purchased from Chris...I call him my enabler). And I have pestered him mercilessly for his terrific and always insightful advice. Chris, you can expect to get more of my money as soon as I get it saved up. Thanks for everything. Nobody should even think twice about giving Chris their business!

Jul 26, 2016
In Total Agreement
by: Chris "Kiwi" Kuhlow

Truer words were never said! Whether you're talking community resource, fishing buddy, vendor or someone who sells your flies across the country.....Chris is THE MAN!

Jul 27, 2016
Tenkara or Bust!
by: Juan

Couldn't agree more. 5 years ago when I started fishing Tenkara style it was, and still is, Chris web page my #1 source for all things Tenkara. Keep up the good work Chris, and thank you for the little freebies you always include with the orders.

Jul 27, 2016
Can not be beat.
by: Mike Mann

Exceeds expectations every time!!!

Jul 27, 2016
by: Andrew B.

Amen brother!

Jul 28, 2016
I also second the motion
by: Bob C

i just started fishing tenkara this year and Chris can't be beat!...once you deal with him, he's gotcha hook, line and kebari...great source of info as evidenced by his website.....

Jul 30, 2016
by: Bruce Wagner

I've often thought about starting this very same topic, Chris has been above and beyond what I've come to expect from a business owner. I've met him only once (Somerset Fly fishing show), but his descriptions on here are exact, his service is unbeatable, and the wealth of knowledge on this site is still taking me by surprise. is definitely my "go to" for purchases, as well as research and entertainment these days. I'm looking forward to many more purchases as well as hopefully getting out on the water with Chris in the future, my daughter also thanks Chris as since she's started using her Kosansui 270 this past Christmas she been actually able to catch fish instead of simply watching me catch them. Tenkara really has changed my outlook on all things fishing!!

Jul 31, 2016
He's the best!
by: JDSmith

I know that I have been distant in the last 1.5 years in the tenkaraverse, but Chris Stewart still has my full respect. He is the Man to turn to for all your tenkara and fixed line needs, questions and advice. Thanks for writing this. And thank you C. Stewart.


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