Sunday, December 6, 2009


Tenkara is the traditional Japanese method of fly fishing where only a rod, line and fly are used. It was perfected over centuries on the mountain streams of Japan where it originated. It is considered an ideal method of fly fishing small streams but it can also be effective on bigger water. Tenkara is about fly fishing simplicity. Enthusiasts say that this kind of angling eliminates complexities and lets you focus on the experience. The ultra-light, portable gear seems well suited for backpacking and travel. The rods are typically 11-13 feet long and collapse down to under 2 feet. Check out this 5 minute intro video and visit Tenkara USA to learn more about this ancient angling method.

Tenkara intro video from Tenkara USA on Vimeo.

Illustration by Steve Stracqualursi


Jonathon A. Waske - Fly Fishing Artist said...

The art work is awesome. I love the release look to the work.

El Pescador said...

Thanks Jonathon. The original photo was from a session on the Provo with Thad Robison. We were chasing browns with mouse patterns. When I got home I played with this particular photo and the results were powerful.