Your Tenkara Stories Vol 2

Tenkara Tips and Trips

This is where you share your stories. Everybody has at least one. First trip, the one that got away, outfished your buddies, or just tips and tricks. Tell us yours.

Your thoughts and comments might be just what it takes to persuade another angler that tenkara is more than just an interesting idea. It's something they should really try for themselves.

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Tenkara Prayer
Tenkara has taught me so much. I want to share what I have experienced with tenkara.

May I be one with tenkara.
May I have confidence in tenkara.
May I have patience on the water.
May I have compassion for nature.
May I have enjoyment of simple pleasures.
May I have fun while learning.
May I do more with less.
May tenkara bring me peace.
May it be so.

I have been fly fishing for 52 years. It is a pleasure that I feel compelled to partake of for my mental and physical health, quality of life and overall enjoyment of nature. I seem to have my best days of birdwatching with a fly rod in my hand.

I want to share with you all, the Tenkara Community, a word that is relatively new to me that seems to sum up what tenkara does for us all, all the sweetness and attractiveness that leads us to do seemingly crazy things to feed our passion.

Tenkara, Snow and San Antonio
My wife, Robin, and I are San Antonio natives. We’ve experienced all kinds of weather . . . but mostly hot. If you grew up in San Antonio, you can take 104 degree temperatures better than 40 degrees.

So, it came as a shock when we received eight inches of snow at our house on the north side of town in a three-day stretch. That just doesn’t happen here.

Why is Tenkara so Effective?
As I understand it, tenkara developed in Japan over 300 years ago by market anglers who fished small mountain streams for a living. If they didn’t catch fish, there was little to eat or sell. The way they fished had to be effective and efficient for them to survive...

If I Could Use Only One Fly
Right after the argument about the best tenkara rod comes the heated discussion about the best fly. There are no magic flies that consistently catch fish under every condition. Plus, presentation almost always trumps pattern. But, let’s face it, we all have certain flies that we fish with confidence...

Fly Spoons, 2.0, Too Much Time in the Basement
Between Chris bringing in the Rodio-Craft .5g Blinde Flanker spoons and all the other cool Japanese gear and me with an abundance of pandemic leisure I got back into spoon making. ...

More Tapered Leaders
So this weekend I ended up doing some two-handed tenkara-type casting with my Fieldmaster Suguru Long H54.

Trout were rising in a pond, ...

I Think I'm Doing it Wrong but I'm Having Fun
I've been fishing "Tenkara" style for a couple of years. I put Tenkara in quotes because I use a cheap Chinese knockoff collapsible rod 12 feet long without a cork grip. ...

Sanyo Valcan Line No Longer Being Made
Thank you Chris for the update on Sanyo line no longer being made. I will no longer be so eager to make leaders for other people with my remaining supplies of the Sanyo lines. 

Let's Talk Tapered Leaders
Chris has done two reports with tapered leaders. I've been experimenting with them for the last two weeks. The problem with a fishing report from Chris is there is no blog discussion.

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