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Fly fishing Tenkara, all about fun!
by Carlos A. Blatt
Well, this is not exatly a story but more of a conclusion on what really matters.
Years ago when I was just entering the fly fishing world I came across the FAOL board and became a member. At that time reading an article from James Castwell I learned that fly fishing, perhaps you could take it very seriously and become a PHD. To get the real thing you should never forget that fly fishing, at its best, is supposed to be fun.
Thank God I've read that. I never became specialized, but I assure you that since then I've got all the fun! Never got worried if a woolly bugger was a decent fly to fish with or if chasing snooks into beach waves was real fly fishing.
Thanks to that reading, when I first heard of tenkara, I jumped into it with no hesitation!
I live by the sea shore, I don't have trout rivers, only mangrove, wind gusts and many lakes. If I was a purist I would probably think: No, this is not a place to go fly fish or whatever... Would never have given tenkara a chance.
Thanks Mr. Castwell.
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"Study to be quiet." - Izaak Walton 1653
"Be sure in casting, that your fly fall first into the water, for if the line fall first, it scares or frightens the fish..." Col. Robert Venables 1662
As age slows my pace, I will become more like the heron.
The hooks are sharp.
The coffee's hot.
The fish are slippery when wet.
Beware of the Dogma