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The Tenkara Revolution


Tenkara fly-fishing is so simple that even a beginner can be catching fish in no time. But veteran anglers know tenkara's long rods and light lines allow for great presentation, a direct connection to the fly -- and highly effective fishing.

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Gierach talks Tenkara

Thursday April 17, 2014

One of the most important endorsements for tenkara fishing came from beloved fly-fishing writer John Gierach. The "Trout Bum" author has always been a fan of small streams, and found tenkara a great way to fish them. (He also happens to have a longstanding interest in Japanese culture.)

Gierach has a chapter about tenkara fishing in his new book, "All Fishermen Are Liars," and sat down for an interview with Daniel Galhardo, founder of Tenkara USA. It's worth a watch.

For a complete look at the history of tenkara fishing in the U.S.,  check out About.com's coverage and primers on tenkara rods and lines, tenkara flies and tenkara information resources.


The Tenkara Fly-Fishing Revolution

Sunday April 13, 2014

Five years after Tenkara USA introduced japanese-style fixed-line fishing to the United States, thousands -- maybe tens of thousands -- of anglers have learned how fun and effective it can be to fly-fish without a reel.

"Just a rod, a line and fly," was Tenkara USA's slogan, and it struck a chord with anglers intrigued by a minimalist approach to fishing. But tenkara isn't just simple. It's a great way to catch a lot of fish, because the ability of the long rod to hole the light line off the water makes for a great presentation and a direct connection to the fly. (Just ask European and American competition fly-fishers, who use very similar tackle and techniques.)

And while the first American tenkara fishers were mostly experienced fly anglers who recognized its potential, tenkara is user-friendly for newbies.

This week, About.com marks the fifth anniversary of tenkara fishing in the U.S. with an interview with Tenkara USA founder Daniel Galhardo. We also take a look at tenkara rods and lines and the basics of tenkara flies. There's also a resource guide to much more information about tenkara fly-fishing.



Didymo or no Didymo, Clean Angling's a Must

Wednesday April 9, 2014

It turns out didymo wasn't being "spread" on the soles of anglers' wading shoes after all. It was already present in many streams, and only began blooming in recent years because of environmental changes.

But that doesn't mean we no longer need to worry about dirty wading shoes spreading contaminants. Clean angling advocates say some anglers have taken the new findings on the cause of didymo blooms to mean we're off the hook when it comes to clean angling -- but switching from felt to rubber soles (if possible) and practicing Check, Clean and Dry are still vital to the health of our trout streams.

Felt soles may not "spread" didymo where it's already native, but they can still spread whirling disease, New Zealand mud snails and who knows what else. And didymo can be transported via wading shoes to pleas where it isn't native. Just ask anglers in New Zealand, where introduced didymo has wreaked havoc on blue-ribbon streams.

Check out the details in About.com's exclusive coverage of the reaction to the new didymo findings, and of the new thinking about the causes of "rock snot."

Didymo: Felt Soles Not to Blame

Monday March 31, 2014

When Didymosphenia geminate, very un-affectionately known as "rock snot," began appearing on beloved American trout streams in the mid-2000s, state governments and environmental organizations said it was being "spread" by anglers, in the damp felt soles of their wading boots.

It was a logical conclusion, promoted by a Canadian environmental scientist who studied the first major North American didymo blooms in British Columbia.

But now, that same scientist says further research shows the rash of didymo has not been caused by the spread of a new, bloom-prone variant after all. Didymo was already native to North America; what's different now is that environmental factors are causing it to bloom where it never did before, Max Bothwell writes in the journal Diatom Research.

Check out the full story here.

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