Simple, pure, and deadly

by john northrop (solocanoe)
(fort smith, arkansas)

Chris -

Here's a quick story:

My wife asked me minutes after I got home from a recent trip..."aren't you going to unload your gear? I want to drive the jeep today." She's used to my duffle-bag full of rod cases, reels, spare spools, floating and sinking lines, and countless fly boxes. Usually, I'd unload all this gear onto the dining room table so I could re-organize, re-line, change spools, re-pack, etc...getting ready for next time....

I pointed to the tiny, lone rod case, net, and tiny pouch that holds all I need to fish the Tenkara way...and said "I'm unloaded, do you need my key?"

Turning away, I was smiling the same silly smile I'd had on my face all day...I had caught a ton of fish, and had more fun doing it with Tenkara and used only 2 flies all day...Simple, Pure, Deadly. I can't wait to go again!

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