The Bad Axe Tenkara rod goes up against Lake Ontario Steelhead!
One of the coolest things about owning a tenkara rod company is getting messages from happy customers after they have fun on the water. We got an exciting email with pictures last week from our friend Ryan L. that we just had to share with you all! He wrote "The steelhead steams that I fish are really small, and having a reel provides little advantage in these streams...I had a hunch that steelhead could be landed on light fixed line gear." Turns out he was right - read on!
Knowing what to do after you get the fish on the hook is a whole separate set of tenkara skills
"Tenkara-No-Oni" Masami Sakibara is extremely mindful of his surroundings and how they relate to his fishing.
While casting and fly manipulation are key aspects of tenkara fishing, they really only take us to the point of getting a fish on the hook. There is significant work to do afterwards! In this post, we'll look at what takes place after we draw that strike, and how we can maximize our chances of landing the fish he we put on the hook. Watching "Tenkara-No-Oni" Masami Sakibara provides excellent lessons in situational awareness, so lets look at video of him landing an average trout on the Provo river during Oni School 2017. Being highly aware of the environment and the task at hand, Oni shifts between being very stable and very mobile as the situation demands...