Videos by Tenkara USA

Tenkara Diaries, April 28th 2013

Went tenkara fishing with Steve Schweitzer, author of A Fly Fishing Guide to Rocky Mountain National Park.
Tenkara Diaries is a series of videos by Daniel Galhardo, Tenkara USA founder, about his experiences fishing with only a tenkara rod, tenkara line and tenkara flies. Some videos will have "how-to tenkara" information, others will be more contemplative. We hope all will be fun.

Tenkara fly-fishing

Daniel W. Galhardo, founder of Tenkara USA and Masaki Nakano go tenkara fly-fishing in the Sierra Nevada. Tenkara is the traditional Japanese method of fly-fishing, ideal for mountain streams. In tenkara one uses only a rod, line and fly, no reel is needed for stream fishing. Originally it was practiced by commercial/professional fishermen in the mountain streams of Japan, who used to catch fish for a living.

Shintaro Kumazaki tying a tenkara fly

Shintaro Kumazaki lives in Hagiwara (Gifu Prefecture, Japan). His parents own a tackle shop, and he's practically neighbor with the famed Mr. Katsutoshi Amano. Tenkara USA founder, Daniel, has known Kumazaki-san for a bit over a year. They have gone one a couple of "shower-climbing" adventures together. Kumazaki-san has been tying flies to sell at his parents shop, and now Kumazaki-san demonstrates how to tie his favorite fly. As with all tenkara flies, a simple pattern to tie.

Tenkara is NOT dapping

There is a very common misconception that tenkara is simply dapping. In this video I wanted to highlight the method of fishing, as well as a few shots of casting with tenkara. Tenkara is not dapping!