Not even "really hardly started" into tenkara but I have just read "tenkara Radically Simple, Ultralight Fly Fishing” and am absolutely a convert. We like to camp (generally camp the whole month of July in the high Rockies) for ENJOYMENT. I am fed up with the complex status quo experience of western style fly fishing in which you are expected to own specific bands of equipment and dress and cast per exacting stereo types with flys tied per historical perfection or be sentenced to listen to hours of how to and “if you buy this” crap. …. Darn, I got into fly fishing for the stress relief and enjoyment not to complete for points according to who purchased what quantities of manhood (of which none of these things provides proof of in the least bit, but quite the opposite).
Tenkara takes us back to the basic reason we fly fish and tie flys… to enjoy the experience and love of nature. One side benefit is that the “status quo” aren’t into tenkara yet and can’t judge you or insist you purchase said equipment to be as good as they are. Besides tenkara leans towards the “less is more” brotherhood, therefore should resist that life style for several more years and I hope for ever. … kool! ….. and .. when I catch more fish by learning to seduce them to take my fly with less crap hanging off my person and less capital tied up in gear…. That will be the kicker.
Consider me “all in” for this fly fishing life style and hope I will become a worthy spokesperson /asset to tenkara family. I feel so fortunate that the tenkara movement started recently and I have been able to catch hold of the shirt tails of those who have worked hard to establish the foundations on this side of the earth. Thank you.
I’m a very active member of the FlyTiers forum and I think I may be stirring up some other converts who feel similar. Good stuff.