Colorado Public Radio recently spoke with angler Daniel Galhardo of Boulder, Colorado about why he’s moved to Tenkara as his preferred method of fly fishing.
Here’s an excerpt:
Simplicity is a choice. It is easy to make many things in life complex, but these complexities don’t usually add to our experience. Even when we learn that we don’t truly need a lot of flies we can choose to carry multiple fly patterns with us “just in case”. We can carry multiple line weights and change them any time winds change. We can carry accessories to indicate the presence of fish when we could have kept an eye to line to do that. It may seem like carrying additional items in our fishing kit will make fishing easier or more effective. Often it does not.
Tenkara shows us there is a different way of thinking about fly-fishing – and often about life too. It shows us we can leave the unnecessary behind. But, we must choose to do so.
For centuries tenkara was practiced in Japan as a means of securing food. When it was no longer necessary (due to the creation of fish farms) or feasible (due to the damming of rivers and reduced fish stock in streams) to catch mountain trout for a living, the method survived in the hands of a few who continued enjoying it partially as a sport and partially to bring a couple of fresh fish home.
I was not the first person to see tenkara being practiced in Japan and I was not the first Westerner to fish with a tenkara rod. But, for whatever reason tenkara had not found its way outside of Japan in any meaningful way. When tenkara came into my life, it inspired me and I started sharing its simplicity with friends. I realized this simpler way to fish could open the doors to fly-fishing for a multitude of people. I wanted to share tenkara with the world.
[Tenkara] has opened doors for the adventurer interested in fishing while in the backcountry. And, it has showed the experienced angler there is a different way of thinking about fly-fishing, a simple way to fly-fish.
Listen to the CPR piece HERE