Thank you! Although you didn’t ask the rest of my story is that through all these years I’ve been blessed to be able to travel to some great rivers and spend time with great friends. For about 15 years up until a few ago,I had access to water on the South Holston River in eastern Tennessee, one of the country’s best tailwater fisheries IMHO, that few were able to access. This part of the river was one of its wild brown trout spawning areas and the fishing was phenomenal. Technical in nature (20+ foot leaders, long 4-weight rods, #18-24 size flies) but phenomenal once you mastered the technique. The sulphur hatch that occurred each spring was mind-blowing, prior to that BWO hatches were abundant and throughout the year midges were in and on the water all the time. A technical fisherman’s playground. 50 fish days got me spoiled. The mountain streams were a thing of the past for me what with 16" trout on #20 dry flies on expansive water with little chance of catching a tree on the backcast my routine. In fact it started to become mundane. As Joni Mitchell said however. “you don’t know what you’ve got 'til it’s gone,” and it is now, completely sealed off due to a change in property ownership. I always knew that when it went my time on the water would wane - it was just too perfect, too unique. Fortunately, it was about that time that I discovered Tenkara. With it brought a new experience curve to travel down. With it brought a reinvigorated passion for trout fishing. And now the mountain streams are exciting again, beautiful again, and small fish are a challenge again. John Gierach was so dead on when he said "“Maybe your stature as a fly fisherman isn’t determined by how big a trout you can catch, but by how small a trout you can catch without being disappointed.” That’s where I am and for me it’s mostly Tenkara now. I’m glad to have this site and other sites as I have a great deal to learn, and hopefully soon contribute!