December of 2008 Tenkara USA: http://web.archive.org/web/20081207002814/http://www.tenkarausa.com:80/
Mar of 2010 Tenkara-Fisher: http://web.archive.org/web/20100322203237/http://tenkara-fisher.com:80/
May of 2010 Tenkara Bum: http://web.archive.org/web/20100219072640/http://www.tenkarabum.com:80/
Sept of 2012 Discover Tenkara: http://web.archive.org/web/20120906231832/http://www.discovertenkara.co.uk:80/
I was wondering when I started to identify the different forms of fixed line fishing and found a reference to it on day one of my first dedicated tenkara site. I had been writing about it before 2010 but that is when I registered the domain name.
Daniel at Tenkara USA helped me along the way with understanding a deeper level of tenkara and introducing me to my Japanese friends. My work with Sakura also helped me to understand what tenkara was and how it fit into the different forms was a completely and separate direction that helped me. Kazuya Shimoda, even another resource helped me understand just how broad the interpretation of tenkara was and more importantly, that there are many various and serious genryu anglers.
Today I introduced another angler to tenkara. I was using my tenkara rod in a pond to catch stocked trout using a tenkara rod equipment and techniques and I called it tenkara but made sure that the new to tenkara angler knew what it really was.
There is a difference.
I make sure to explain it.
Tenkara can be hard for someone new to it, especially if they don’t have a person to explain to them the subtleties of it.
I’ve have heard that “is it that weird Japanese cult fishing?”
“Nope, just simple fly fishing.”
It’s Japanese style fly fishing.
Hmm, it’s fixed line mountain stream fly fishing.
No, it’s Japanese mountain stream fishing with flys.
Let me try that again…
It’s so funny, people get all bent about terms, it’s really quite ridiculous if I think about it too much.
When I introduce someone new to it, I call it “tenkara” and then I go on to tell them where it comes from. But I use it in this pond to catch fish, here, “want to try it?”
I have helped many many people learn this great form of fishing. I’ve introduced many Japanese anglers to American audiences letting them teach what tenkara is in their own voice, their words verbatim. I’ve introduced different tenkara people in Japan to each other in person and online. I’ve helped make a lot of new friends both myself and other friends of friends many times over.
But arguing tenkara is not my deal. I know what it is. If someone wants more information, I send them to my web site: www.tenkara-fisher.com and there, ALL tenkara web sites are there, linked. I didn’t forget anyone.
We are tenkara.
So when I introduce new people to it, it’s “tenkara” and then, “it’s from Japan” and on to, “it works really well in the mountain streams” but “here, try casting the rod” and beyond that, have a great day, by the way, here is an online resource.
Tenkara is a simple form of Japanese style fly fishing that came from the mountain stream environment.
Let’s work together.
Have fun, take care.