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    Interview with Rob Gonzalez

    There are Americans in Tenkara that are ambassadors and Rob Gonzalez is one of them. I have not had a lot of interaction with him but our circles do intersect. I did happen to meet Rob at the 2015 Tenkara USA Summit. It was a short meeting but we did meet and chit chat about Tenkara.

    I believe it is people like Rob that makes Tenkara such a cool community. His demeanor is kind; he is knowledgeable and certainly helps others realize their own potential while fishing Tenkara. Reading around the Internet, I see that Rob has a lot of friends and is always found in the circles that help others.

    I wanted to personally get to know him a little better so I asked him to sit for this Interview.
    He graciously accepted and with that, we will begin.

    Adam: I would like to begin our Interview with a personal thank you for being such a nice guy. You represent Tenkara well. I like it that you have a lot of energy for teaching and sharing the method. Itís not always easy but in your case, it sure seems that way.

    ďThanks for your participation here, I appreciate it. Do you ...
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    I am usually the one asking the questions but this time, Daniel pointed the questions at me. To read the interview, click HERE.

    The genesis for the creation of Tenkara-Fisher comes from a long history of fishing. I was taught to fish by my Grandfather
    with a cane pole in our family farm ponds. At ten, I was taught to fly fish small streams on trips to the mountains of Utah. My favorite stream is in the mountains of Eastern Arizona, I have been fishing there since I was 5.

    In 1995, I started a fly fishing web site, smallstreams.com I meet Yoshikazu Fujioka online in 1996 where I
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    One Fly

    Adam Trahan

    Confidence, discipline, knowledge and patience all are common denominators of anglers that practice what has come to be known as ďone flyĒ in Tenkara.


    But if you examine fly fishing, you will see that other disciplines in fishing practice it. In the Western United States, the fly fishing community has been having competitions, contests on the practice.

    Jason Klass asked me to write an article for his new e-zine and there I will open up on why I do it and what I have found. He asked me to write an article while I was waiting for the other contributors to send in their contributions. On my walk this morning, I promised myself that I would look at the core reasons for practicing one fly and to be able to do it in five minutes.


    I have two minutes left.


    Yuzo Sebata
    does it.

    Hisao Ishigaki does it.

    Katsutoshi Amano does it.

    So do my friends here.



    It is Tenkara and it is what we do.
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    Tenkara Minimalists



    Adam Trahan


    Even before my commitment to become a Tenkara angler, I learned you didn't need much in small stream fishing. I've been writing about it all along. I have even tried casting a fly line with my hand, yes, it does work but no, not better than a rod. I have a friend who is an author/fly angler and when I offered to introduce him to Tenkara, he says when he wants to go fishing in a "minimalist" style, he leaves his rod at home and puts his reel in his pocket and casts the line with his arm.

    That's one way to do it.

    But I could not have said it better than Daniel, all you need is a rod line and fly which I think is a little decadent. But if you think about it, Tenkara is too in the face of Western fly fishing.

    You just don't need a lot of equipment to be successful in catching mountain stream trout even when you are new to Tenkara or fly fishing. A lot of gear can confuse some people, they get lost in the choices and in order to catch fish, you have to be fishing...

    I'll describe my Tenkara equipment, what I use to fish, it may help some of you or it may seem foolish. I've asked a few people that I know to detail their "minimalist Tenkara" kit as well. They knew exactly what I was asking for.



    To the left of my rod (Tenkara USA Ito) is my every day carry for fishing and to the right ...
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    photo by 源流岩魚釣りクラブ

    Keiryu Wading Gear

    The term ďKeiryuĒ is a broad Japanese term for all of mountain stream fishing. It could be fly, bait or Tenkara fishing. Although the Japanese have been fishing for centuries and have developed their own fishing and styles of wading equipment, they also enjoy outside influences in their fishing apparel just as we do outside of Japan.

    In this article, we have a few anglers that choose the Japanese style of wet wading and their stories of how they came to choose this type of gear. Below you will find links that will take you to the companies that make this gear.


    photo by Shinichi Shibasaki

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    Adam Klagsbrun

    Wet Wading for AT

    Anyone who has discussed the topic with me knows that I really like wet wading over using waders, even into the shoulder seasons. Thereís nothing better than the feeling of standing in the water on a sunny day, not feeling sweaty in your waders or being bogged down with many extra layers.

    However, many people donít realize that the term ďwet wadingĒ includes a setup that has nothing to do with walking in the water bare-legged in sandals or water shoes. Trout-rivers are COLD, and if you can wet wade them without your legs going numb or feeling uncomfortable,
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    Nissin Pocket Mini V3

    Objective: To create the smallest, lightest most effective Tenkara system.

    It has been a while since I have been this excited about a Tenkara rod. The last time was Tenkara USA's introduction of the Sato and Rhodo, two game changing rods that have profoundly affected my Tenkara. I'm really excited about the Nissin Pocket Mini because again, this rod will be a positive attribute to my Tenkara skill in it's compact size and will open Tenkara opportunities that would not have been available before owning this rod.

    The Pocket Mini is interesting because of it's size. Because it is so compact, it has ...
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    Interview with Koken Sorimachi

    As with most of my Japanese friends, I meet Koken-san through the Internet. He wrote an article for Headwaters magazine that I like and recently I realized we are friends on social media.

    For some time, I have wanted to take my Tenkara to the next level. Tenkara is a form of fixed line fly fishing in mountain streams yet now, as I learn more about all the different types of fixed line fishing, Tenkara becomes more specialized and less of a catch all term. In the latest issue of Headwaters, spring of 2016, I saw an article on two hand rods with floating fly lines for river trout, it sparked my interest. I have a long history of fly fishing in a big western river with extended dead drifting techniques. When I saw Koken Sorimachiís article on 8m class two hand fixed fly line techniques, it resonated with me.

    Often I just figure things out on my own so I contacted Keiichi, we sourced a rod, I gathered my equipment and rigged it ready to go and I began studying two hand fixed line fishing. ...
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    Shimano 7.5-8m Zoom Two Hand Bait rod, 9m shooting line, 24" Class V sinking head

    I have been using Tenkara rods and techniques for a few years now and I have really enjoyed the process of immersion into this genre of fishing. As with my fly fishing before, and switching to Tenkara, my interest is again outgrowing the narrow scope of fishing mountain streams. ...
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    Interview with Stephen Boshoff

    Iíve known about Stephen for quite some time. I think from back in the 90ís when I was making a small stream fly fishing Internet web site. Iíve always had an interest in light line fly rods and I think it was this interest that brought us together. Stephen lives in South Africa, where? I donít know. I do know that some of the areas he writes about, I have heard of from another South African friend that I have known since about the same time I had become aware of Stephen.

    South Africa does not seem like the fly fisher place but let me tell you from my perspective, the anglers there are quite serious in their pursuit. I know, Iíve worked with and have helped many of them with their interest. My assistance comes on a couple of different levels but the main thing is, their community is keen on fly fishing the small stuff. There are streams that are written about like the Witte, Bushman, Kwaai, Smalblaar and many others. South Africa was in my sights long before I went to Japan. I had been asked and invited to visit by more than one keen small stream fly fisherman there. ďAdam, come visit! You can give us a presentation, we will fly you here.Ē But a trip like that, itís a long way and lots of time away from my young children. Thinking back, I should have gone but Stephen, this is not about me, itís about you.

    Adam: Thank you very much for taking my interview, I really appreciate it. I know you guys are keen on Tenkara but I really havenít seen too much from your area. That old web site has changed owners (again) and lost direction and Iíve lost touch with all of the South African community. Thatís the part that ...
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    Iíve come to understand Rob Lepczykís interest through his photographs and a little bit through his writing. I have enjoyed my conversations with him and he has shared his knowledge of fly tying with me, helping to source materials. I really appreciate that. I know he works at a fly shop, hikes and camps in the forest; he does some salt-water fly-fishing and enjoys Tenkara. Without a doubt, I would say that we have more than a few things in common.

    Our interactions are through social media and I want to share Robís interest in Tenkara through different circles. I asked him for an interview which he promptly accepted.

    I hope you enjoy learning more about Rob Lepczyk, I know I will.

    Adam: Itís ok if I call you Rob right?

    Rob Lepczyk: Of course Adam!

    Adam: Cool. Itís never easy for me to get these started so ...
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    I donít know what to sayÖ Wow, just wow. It is such an honor to be able to Interview Jason Borger. Iíve known him as an acquaintance for quite some time; he has contributed to a couple of web sites that I have made in the past that was more than a few years ago. But now the time is right and I am able to add him to the great list of Interviews for the book and for the site here, Tenkara-Fisher.

    Many people that read this site and will purchase the book will not know Jason Borger. Introducing him is a big responsibility for me. But in the style of Tenkara, I will keep it simple yet effective. Jason Borger is the son of Gary Borger, who is a well-respected author and authority on western fly fishing. But Jason has made a name for himself, on his own. He is an author, illustrator and was one of the guys who did stunt casting/fishing in ďA River Runs Through ItĒ.

    How cool is that?

    What a great movie, and with Robert Redford directing? Iím pretty sure Jason has some great stories to tell about it.

    Letís get into the Interview to find out more about Jason.

    Adam: Jason, ...

    TENKARA WORD BANK

    The Tenkara Word Bank is a growing collection of words and phrases related to Tenkara fishing presented in English with Japanese translation in roman, kana and kanji characters. Remember this is a community driven online dictionary so feel free to add new words in English and/or Japanese and I will provide the translation and sound byte for everyoneís benefit. If you have ideas for improving the Tenkara Word bank, please leave a comment below.

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    I have been doing fishing for more than 40 years since I was a kid, and for about last 20 years I mainly did
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    Translation by Go Ishii

    My interest in Japanese mountain stream fishing has brought me to Tadashi Otani. Iíve seen his inclusion here and there in the background of many fine Tenkara anglers and fishing events to know that he is passionate and at the same time, serious about Tenkara. He always shares his knowledge and enthusiasm and from afar, I consider him a Japanese Tenkara ambassador. During my visit to Japan where I was introduced to Go Ishii, I began to follow Ishii-sanís friends and have seen Otani-san in many of Goís stories. I also know that Otani-san and Go welcomed Adam Klagsbrun in his visit to Japan. Otani-sanís smiling face is in many of the images that I follow. It is time for me to find out more about him now and at the same time share our knowledge.

    I became an acquaintance of Otani-san and have asked to use some of his images at Tenkara-Fisher His representation of Tenkara is skilled and interesting. Iíve read his words and have seen his skill and he has shown me through his own affiliations with other Japanese and American Tenkara anglers, that he is truly interested in spreading the knowledge of Japanese mountain stream fishing.

    So with that in mind, letís start the interview. ...
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    my brother, a friend and myself left Sparks, Maryland at 6:30 pm on Friday for the Shenandoah Mountains in Virginia. This ...
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    Interview with Adam Klagsbrun

    I canít remember my first mention or interaction with Adam Klagsbrun. The Tenkara community is so large and Iíve been a part of it since its inception helping grow it through my own forums on it. Maybe a year ago I saw some of Adamís posts on social media. His information was interesting and soon it began to grab my attention as he travelled to Japan and then on to Italy. From my research and visit to Japan, I know anglers that visit Japan, learn a tremendous amount about the environment that Tenkara came from. I know from my Interview with Ubierto Kaligarich and previous research into Pesca a Mosca Valsesiana that the Italian alpine fishing environment is an excellent choice as well as a great international travel destination for Tenkara anglers.

    Recently, I was able to sit down with Adam and talk about Tenkara. Our visit was filled with pleasant idle chit chat, the sort of friendly things you talk about in the presence of a new friend. I had brought a Dictaphone in order to record a verbal interview but in those moments, the Dictaphone stayed in itís case, an ďInterviewĒ was far too invasive to our short time and I did not want to venture far from important conversations on our goal of fishing a couple of streams together and hanging out at the Tenkara USA 2015 Summit in Estes Park, Colorado.

    So I let go of that aspiration and settled in on just developing our friendship through an organic shared experience of exploring a new area together. The two of us shared a cabin, actually, Adam let me crash in the couch area of the small cabin. We had one evening and the early morning for fishing. Later that day, I was slated for fishing with Daniel Galhardo, Go Ishii, Yoshikazu Fujioka, Thomas Ferreira and Steve ...
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    10 Questions with Yoshida Takashi

    Translated by John Sachen

    I had seen Takashi-san in social media, we were not friends at the time but many of my Japanese friends were his friends and I had seen all the comments and pictures from his Tenkara adventures. He is very stylish and always things just so. His style of fishing is my style with shore meals playing an important role. We carry and use much of the same ancillary equipment and Iím always paying attention to the little details in his pictures. I have learned some nice tips by paying attention to the details from ďYoshidakebariĒ his online blog.

    His ...
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    Panoramic of the Salt River Canyon looking South from the North side of the Canyon.


    Looking down on the Salt River Canyon

    Just twenty four hours ago I was standing in this spot.

    These pictures are what Sachen-san and I shared from our iPhones from our trip yesterday. We decided to go to the East Central portion of our state, particularly, the White Mountains on the Apache Reservation. We left my house at promptly 4am and drove through the Salt River Canyon and entered the White Mountain Apache Indian Reservation.
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