Tenkara for Wounded Warriors

by Okieflier
(Mustang, OK)

I had the privilege of participating as a fishing buddy at a Project Healing Warriors retreat at Broken Bow, OK this week. One of the young wounded warriors was severely wounded and could not use this left hand to tend the fly line on a traditional fly rod. I had my TFO 11'6" Soft Hackle Tenkara rod with me and figured this might be the solution to help him enjoy fly fishing. He started using it and low and behold he caught his first rainbow trout on the rod. You can tell by the smile on his face he was very happy. I suggested to the leader that he might want to had a couple of Tenkara rods to his arsenal. What a great tool to make fly fishing available to our wounded and disabled citizens.

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