Monthly Archives: July 2012
If you fish tenkara, you’re familiar with the sakasa kebari, the iconic reverse hackle fly. As I was contemplating that pattern, I wondered, “what if I reversed the reverse hackle by tying it near the bend of the hook facing backwards, in effect making a reverse reverse-hackle fly?” Would this be an even more effective … Continue reading
I want to take this opportunity to thank my son, B.C., for recognizing my passion for tenkara and writing (and “opinionating”) and for conceiving of this blog, largely setting it up for me, realizing my limited knowledge of most things internet. B.C. is a professional, a loving father and devoted husband, a Coloradoan with an … Continue reading
I read a post recently on the web. In that well-written essay, the author explains how, in his earlier incarnation as a “regular” fly angler, he had become so obsessed with insects, their identification, and their life-stages that he became virtually paralyzed on the stream trying to identify which insect the trout were consuming, which stage of that … Continue reading
The North Fork of the St. Vrain river in Rocky Mountain National Park is quintessential tenkara water. If you’re seeking a less crowded angling experience in the Park than, say, the Roaring, Big Thompson, or Fall rivers, I would suggest checking it out
There’s an excellent essay on climate change on today’s “The Daily Beast” website. It’s called “Parents Should Save the Earth”, and I would encourage everyone to read it.
In sleep you visit me. Most vulnerable then, in somnolent confusiom, I’m unable to banish you. You “stare” at me with that angry empty red eye socket, finning against the current, and scream,”why?” I can only respond, “I don’t know why.” I only know I cannot stop. Don’t get me wrong, I feel really bad … Continue reading
I hope Ashley Valentine doesn’t mind I copped this photo from her website, but I have to say that Chris Stewart’s tie of the Takayama Sakasa Kebari is an excellent example of the flytier’s craft. This is a fly that one immediately and instictively recognizes as a “trout fly.” The colors, proportions, symmetry and profile … Continue reading
I just read on Chris Stewart’s Tenkarabum blog that Orvis is now marketing TenkaraUSA’s 12′ Iwana rod as a package with line and flies. I confirmed this on the Orvis website. Tenkara has really arrived!
Copeland Falls Picking Pockets Try That With A Four-Weight Last summer, I finally had the opportunity to fish the North Fork of the St. Vrain River. This is the stream that, along with the South Fork and Middle Fork, forms the St. Vrain river made famous by John Gierach .A year earlier, while hiking to … Continue reading