Monthly Archives: February 2014

Lynnwood Fly Fishing Show 2014

The TenkaraUSA booth at the show

The TenkaraUSA booth at the show

Last year I discovered tenkara at the Fly Fishing Show, watching Daniel do his casting presentation and then talking to the crew at the booth afterwards.   I went home and ordered my first tenkara rod, an 11′ Iwana which I figured was perfect for the small rivers in the area.  The first time I fished it I was hooked and never went back.

This year the show again was in Lynnwood at the Convention Center and I showed up at 9 a.m. just as it was opening on Saturday morning.  On my drive up another CrossTrek pulled up next to me and was hovering by my side in the lane to my left, I finally looked over, it was Lex on his way to the show too.   Once there we ran into some Orvis shop workers and hit the show after fighting with the kind of poor tablet interface to enter your raffle number.

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Will Tenkara become Legal in WA FFOnly Waters?

The Department of Fish & Wildlife commission met on Friday to discuss my petition to allow Tenkara in FFOnly waters in Washington State.  You can hear the commissioner discussion one of two ways:

My summary of the discussion is that they don’t want to take action now but want to move the issue to the normal rule making process which takes place in the summer.   One commissioner thought that tenkara would be approved in FFOnly waters during the normal rule making process which is encouraging though another cautioned against making any judgement as to what would happen during the recreational rule making process.  The general rule making process will allow public comment so it will be important that we get together and make comments at that time.  I’ll be posting reminders on my blog, Twitter and Facebook.    Here is the official summary statement from DFW which took forever to come up with those two summary statements.

What’s New for 2014?

Northwest Tenkara Sticker

Northwest Tenkara Sticker

I’ve  been a bit quiet for a while now, in part because it is too cold to fish and in part because I’ve been busy making Northwest Tenkara a real entity and have recently formed Northwest Tenkara, LLC.  Expect a change in the site and the addition of guide/instruction services by the time fishing season kicks into gear in the Cascade foothills and eastside streams.

Last year I had a lot of fun teaching some friends, and a few kids, how to fish tenkara and had several other people ask about instruction or guiding so I decided to go for it and give it a shot this season.  I plan to carry all TenkaraUSA rods so that people can try them out if they want to help select gear to buy and I hope to be able to pass on my love of tenkara to others this coming season.

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