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Author Archives: Tenkara Ambassador

July 4

It’s the 4th of July, and we’re worried; worried that we won’t be able to find a campsite, especially this late in the day.  My wife and I are taking highway 50, that Ur-motherroad spanning the continent east to west, paved prior to interstates, a thousand miles from our home to Crested Butte, Colorado.  We’re … Continue reading »

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Rediscovering the Wooly Bugger

If you’ve been reading this blog, you know my approach to tenkara is syncretic, blending Western flies with Eastern (tenkara) tackle.  Usually that means attaching some kind of dry fly to my 12′ Iwana with 12′ of level line and five feet of tippet.  For me this strategy has been productive, and I just can’t … Continue reading »

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Winter Dreams

Winter now, and I dream of mountains’ silent streams, of high meadows, too, pristine and white, trammeled by a hare’s nervous flight. A cerulean sky above it all, knows that the coming tug-of-war must be lost by Winter won by Spring. Snow recedes now, secreted by the shade ’til that too fades, and the birdsong, celebratory, … Continue reading »

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Calf Creek

Serendipity:  making a pleasant discovery by accident.  That defines Calf Creek for me. While taking the very scenic Utah state highway 12 from Torrey to Bryce Canyon, in the midst of so much wonderful high desert scenery appeared a sign, “Calf Creek  Recreation Area.”  Now, as you know, any sign with the word “creek” in … Continue reading »

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Scotch Creek Was Not Stingy to Us

Telluride, Colorado, is one of those gritty, western mining towns cum tony ski mecca, like Crested Butte, Vail, Park City, and others.  Situated in a box canyon in the San Juan mountains, the town was founded in 1878. When the mines played out, many of these communities devolved to virtual ghost towns, a small resident … Continue reading »

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Maroon Creek

The Maroon Bells, near Aspen are purported to be Colorado’s most photographed vista, a state blessed with an embarrassment of scenic riches.  Maroon Lake, at an elevation of 9,850′, is a liquid emerald, a worthy foil to the two fourteeners that serve as its backdrop, Maroon Peak and North Maroon Peak  The Maroon Bells derive their … Continue reading »

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Symmetry, Or Angling With Ghosts

(Disregard the previous post). The Catskills of New York state. If you are a fly fisherman with a sense of history, the name resonates as the birthplace of American dry fly angling.  It was here, on the Neversink river, that circa 1890 Theodore Gordon adapted dry fly techniques described by the Englishman Frederic Halford to the particular insect hatches … Continue reading »

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Microfishing? MICROFISHING?

Apparently there is a group of anglers dedicated to catching small fish, minnows, chubs, darters and the like.  Chris Stewart, the Tenkarabum, even sells a four-foot rod designed for this purpose.   Now, I think I’m a pretty open-minded guy, but there’s something a little creepy about microfishing; kind of like piscatorial pedophilia. As for me… … Continue reading »

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Sorry, Yvon, But It’s Not Tenkara

Well, on my recent trip to Denver I did not get to the Patagonia store as I had hoped to check out the new Patagonia “tenkara” kits.  Was having too much fun with the grandkids.  I have, however, given a bit of thought to the Patagonia system as described on their website, and I have … Continue reading »

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Chicago Creek

I am a frugal person, some might say cheap, but I don’t take offense at that.  I drive a ten-year-old vehicle with 200,000+ miles on the odometer and am hoping for 200,000 more,  no doubt a result of a childhood sharing a two bedroom, one bath post WW2 bungalow with my parents and brother and sister, traumatized by enduring … Continue reading »

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