Izu Peninsula – Amago Country

Since becoming a father my Tenkara adventures have tapered off a little. This doesn’t mean that my passion for the sport has abated though. I just spend more time than before pouring over maps, reading books and blogs about Tenkara, and of course studying my growing collection of Keiryu (渓流) and … Read More

Norikura Kogen – Mt. Kengamine

Norikura Kogen sits high above the city of Matsumoto in Nagano Prefecture. The Norikura (乗鞍岳) mountain group is comprised of 20+ peaks, the highest of which is Kengamine (剣ヶ峰) at 3026m. The area is actually an old volcano and is located relatively close to Mount Ontake, which erupted on September 27, 2014 … Read More

Zimmerbuilt Tailwaters Pack

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Don’t let the name fool you, the Zimmerbuilt Tailwaters Pack is just at home in the ultra-remote drainages that I actively seek out; as it is in the more accessible waters found below hydraulic structures (as its name might imply). After several outings with my Zimmerbuilt Tailwaters Pack I have … Read More

Winter Tenkara

Every February I start getting excited, and begin eagerly making plans for the March 1st opening day of Keiryu (mountain stream) fishing season. This year I wanted to get out on opening day but due to a nasty cold my trip was pushed back about a week. The morning of my … Read More

Japanese Keiryu (Mountain Stream) Magazine

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I for one thoroughly enjoy every issue of the Japanese Keiryu (a.k.a. Mountain Stream) Magazine. Even though I cannot understand most of what is written (Google Translate only gets one so far) I am enthralled by the photography – and the maps. I am always interested to see where exactly … Read More

Discover Tenkara Review

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If you have spent any time in the Tenkara community you have most likely heard of Discover Tenkara. Whether it is because of their line of Tenkara rods, the email tutorial series, or the superb YouTube channel “Tenkara In Focus” they are building quite the name for  themselves in our … Read More

Japan Fishing Show 2017

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This past weekend the Japan Fishing Show was held in Yokohama at the Pacific Convention Center. A few days prior my friend Go Ishii-san messaged me and asked if I would like to attend. He said he needed some help getting footage for an upcoming episode of Tenkara In Focus episode. He … Read More

A Year In Review – 2016

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2016 was a great year with big trips every month of the fishing season and some phenomenal hikes, rock climbs, mountain bike rides, and of course skiing thrown in the mix too. Here are a few of the highlights. The New Year was kicked off with the incomparable Nozawa Onsen Fire … Read More

Finishing My Bamboo Tenkara Rod (and Some Phenomenal Skiing)

A few weeks ago I wrote a guest article for Discover Tenkara about the bamboo rod Go Ishii and I have been making under the supervision of Yamano-san. If you missed the article you can check it out here. Well this past week I travelled back up to Kawaguchi with … Read More

Japanese Craftsmanship

The craftsmanship of Japanese artisans is extraordinary – a fact known to many but one that has become more apparent to me through first hand experience. Last month, Discover Tenkara featured my article about Yamano-san, and his bamboo fishing rod craftsmanship. Then a few weeks later Jason Klass at Tenkara Talk featured … Read More

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