What can we learn by watching the casting techniques of two well known tenkara masters?
September 2017 was an outstanding month for tenkara enthusiasts in the US. Two of Japan's most renowned anglers gave instruction on subsequent weekends in Utah and Colorado. This was too good of an opportunity for Badger to pass up, and it made a fine excuse to make a 15 day road trip to the Rockies for some tenkara adventures! This post is the first in a series of reflections from that trip. Rather than make a simple trip report and bombard you all with "vacation photos" - I wanted to take some time to digest things and share whatever insight developed. In this post, we'll look at a short video of "Tenkara-No-Oni" Masami Sakibara and Dr. Hisao Ishigaki making casting demonstrations (at the 2017 Oni School and the 2017 Tenkara Summit, respectively) and I'll share some thoughts on the technique we observe.
When Wisconsin trout season is closed, we head to Iowa's Driftless streams for excellent Tenkara fishing.
Iowa stockers make for easy tenkara nymphing in Wisconsin's "off season".
When you think of road trip fishing destinations, you probably don’t think of Iowa. But the North East corner of the state is home to the southern edge of the Driftless region, and that means excellent tenkara fishing! The landscape will be familiar to those who have fished the Driftless region in Wisconsin: rolling hills and valleys with small to medium-size limestone spring creeks winding their way towards the Mighty Mississippi. This little slice of the Driftless is about two hours from our home base in Madison, Wisconsin. Making the Iowa run is do-able for a day trip. Their trout season is open year-round, so when the weather cooperates, it is our choice destination for off-season trout fishing.