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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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Jul 27, 2010
Simple? Yes. Pure? Yes. Deadly? Oh, yes.
by: TenkaraBum

That's one of the great things about tenkara. You don't need a ton of stuff. And your title is right on. Because it is so simple it does seem more pure. Just presenting the fly to the fish in the most natural way possible. And deadly - I can't tell you the number of times I hear people say they catch more fish than they ever did before.

Nice story.

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