I’ve always been an avid fisherman. I had gotten into fly fishing and from there learned about Tenkara. It started with an article by Yvon Chouinard and that led me to research the topic more and more. I realized that this is a style that fit my personal philosophies. Fly fishing always had my interest but seemed way too complicated. Tenkara showed me that it can be simplified and still be challenging. It also made me see that this style of fishing was much more friendly to the novice then traditional western fly fishing. I researched many websites and was impressed by Tenkara USA. Tenkara USA founder Daniel Galhardo, while he did not “invent” Tenkara, he certainly lead the charge to bring to the USA. I also have enjoyed scanning the websites for Tenkara Bum, Badger Tenkara, Tenkara Talk, Three Rivers Tenkara, Zen Tenkara, Tenkara Tanuki and others. I have found the Tenkara community to be very open and helpful to those new to the sport.
I bought a set up online and went out to try it on my local waters. I ended up doing pretty well and really enjoyed this new style. After that I signed up for a Tenkara class with Freddie Rodriguez at a Southwest Council event and learned more about this wonderful style. At the event I had the pleasure of meeting TJ Ferreira and Mike Willis of Tenkara USA. Mike invited me to join a group of Tenkara Anglers in Northern California and I was able to meet up with them for a quick day trip. I learned so much with them and they helped to seal my fate and my passion for Tenkara.
At times I still use western fly fishing methods and equipment but Tenkara has become my preference and my primary method.