December 25, 2012

Christmas 2012

I want to wish all of you a Merry Christmas. This past year has been a wonderful journey for me as I have learned and implemented tenkara into my fly fishing repertoire. By far the best part of the journey has been the wonderful people that I have met and communicated with. As far as fishermen, you are the friendliest folks out there! I have been greatly heartened by the willingness of the tenkara community to help and befriend each other. More friendship is just what this world needs.

The world seems crazier, more self absorbed, more chaotic and on too many occasions just downright more evil (Newtown, Connecticut). But through all of this, I find that the friendships I have made through tenkara have given me more fulfillment and richness to my life. Tenkara fishing, of course, has brought me more peace and joy as well. I'd most notably would like to thank Daniel Galhardo of Tenkara USA, Chris Stewart of Tenkara Bum, ERiK of Tenkara Guides LLC for their dedication to bringing fixed-line fishing to the forefront of fly fishing. Through them I have learned so very much.

Also, I'd like to thank each of you would have read and contributed to this little blog. I count you as friends as well.

So, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all, where ever you are. May this coming year be healthier, happier and may you have more time on the water!

From yesterday...not many fish but lots of quiet time

Up Next: my first post of the new year will be my 12 month rods review. Cheers.


  1. I hope you and your family had a Wonderful Christmas.

    I appreciate the time you have taken to share your fishing, make great educational videos, test equipment, and to blog your experiences for the rest of us.

    My first Tenkara Rod will be here in a week or so, and I am excited to give this technique a try.

    Any advice you can give a newbie?

    1. Hi C,

      We did, than you.

      Congratulations on your first tenkara rod! I'm confident that you will have a lot of fun with it!

      Advise? You probably already have been to Tenkara Bum, Tenkara USA and Tenkara Talk websites. They are excellent sources for tenkara. Another as well: I'd recommend the Tenkara Guides LLC website. Also, hopefully my Teton Tenkara blog is another source of useful tenkara info.

      But specific advise for a winter start: use a level line as it will gather ice much less than a furled line. Keep your line tight to the fly at all times. You will feel the takes much better. Start with a shorter line (9-12 feet) and learn to control it before trying the long line stuff.


  2. Very helpful,Thanks!

    Have a wonderful 2013!


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