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Get a Grip, Or I Was Fishing Tenkara Before Tenkara Was Cool

There’s a new 800-pound gorilla in the tenkara-room, and it has a name–Patagonia.  As you probably know, Patagonia is a huge and well-respected maker and purveyor of outdoor clothing and gear, founded by Yvon Chouinard, a 60’s counterculture pioneer in climbing, surfing, and mountaineering circles. Probably no one on the planet has more outdoor cred.  Just … Continue reading »

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Island of the Misfit Flies

Sometimes I like to imagine myself an inconoclast, but probably I’m just contrary.  Mrs. Davis, my eighth grade teacher, summed it up, I think, in a very perceptive way.  Once, she having left the classroom, I removed her gradebook from the top drawer of her desk and, looking under my name, found under the “Comments” heading … Continue reading »

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Tenkara Magazine

Daniel Galhardo, founder of TenkaraUSA, poses an interesting question on his blog.  How many tenkara anglers  do you estimate there are at present?  Difficult to put a firm number to it, but judging from the publication of the first issue of Tenkara Magazine, the “fad” that is tenkara has reached a certain critical mass. If you … Continue reading »

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Getting Close?

white fly, parachute Since adopting tenkara (at least in a reeless sense), I have continued largely fishing my old tried-and-true flies, although prior to tenkara I had already pared the number to just a few:  parachute mayflies, elk hair caddis, beetles, ants, and pheasant tail nymphs.  As described in earlier posts, a favorite of mine … Continue reading »

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Bury Me Beneath the Cedar Tree

Bury me green beneath the cedar tree, the one that stands sentinel to the stream, that I might lie there and see trout rising to caddis’ awkward flight, mayflies riding the morning light, that I might hear the trout’s guffaw, and the angler’s curse, and the crow caw his avian verse, until such a time that … Continue reading »

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I’m Sittin’ Here on the Group W Bench…

Warren County Courthouse 1971.  G.T. and I are at his uncle’s place on the Missouri River.  Uncle Ben has a great old white two-story clapboard farmhouse on a hill overlooking the wide, muddy river, tight against the railroad tracks.  Sometimes we fish from a sandbar for Jurassic carp, tossing globs of nightcrawlers on large treble hooks, sunk into the lazy brown … Continue reading »

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A Cautionary Tale

  It’s difficult to admit, but several years ago I almost had to declare bankruptcy.  What precipitated this embarassment?  Stock market?  Loss of Job?  Gambling addiction?  No, it was fly tying.  Yes, FLY TYING.  This sad tale begins a decade or so ago, after having discarded my spinning gear in favor of a flyrod.  Sensing my … Continue reading »

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But I Feel So Dirty…

  G.T. and I have been bass fishing of late, and I got the itch to visit a lake I had first fished with Dad when I was nine (that’s 55 years now!).  Memories are a time machine, a conduit to an ealier self.  Each summer during my childhood and adolescence included several trips to this 220+ … Continue reading »

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Spearfish Creek

Badlands First a digression:  My wife and I just returned from a roadtrip to South Dakota, to the Badlands and the Black Hills.  Having spent a good bit of time fishing, hiking, and camping in the Rocky Mountains, I was prepared to be underwhelmed by the Black Hills.  But I wasn’t.  They’re beautiful (at least … Continue reading »

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Sometimes I Get Distracted…

Why I fish:

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