Feb 022012
 

Is Tenkara fishing a fad?  Could Tenkara be some sort of cult that is brainwashing the fragile young minds of the fly fishing world?  Could Owl Jones be right?

I’m not really sure about any of any of the recent internet banter surrounding Tenkara fishing but boy, Tenkara USA had a pretty booth!

Tenkara USA booth at the Somerset NJ fly fishing show

Awesome setup

While I’m still trying to figure out how to catch fish on a “regular” fly rod I will say this, the guys from Tenkara USA are some of the friendliest folks I’ve met in the fly fishing world.  They also add an element of disruptive, simplified, style that just works.  Tenkara USA is quickly becoming the Apple of the fly fishing world and while bucking tradition, their growth is a big plus for the fly fishing industry.

I was lucky enough to roll to the show with Fly Fishing Celebrity, Troutrageous! Mike.  I’ve hung out with Mike for a few shows and a few multi-hour car rides.  Even though I talk a whole lot, he hasn’t told me to shut up (yet)…  I think I’m going to give him a bigger icon on my blogroll…

We also bumped into some fellow bloggers at the Tenkara USA booth.

From left to right, Lou Fly & Fin, ChrisStewart TenkaraBum, Daniel Galhardo Tenkara USA, Bart The Jersey Angler, Me,  Troutrageous! Mike, and  Tom Sadler Dispatches From The Middle River.  What a great group!

Bloggers at the Tenkara USA booth

Owl Jones might want to delete that fad post...

This was my first visit to The Fly Fishing Show in Somerset New Jersey, I had a blast.  I always hear people at other shows comparing their experience to the Somerset show and I’m glad I now have the same point of reference.

Oh wait…  You wanted to hear about the crazy deals and new fishing stuff I saw at the show?  Well stay tuned!  Rumor has it I may have even found an answer to my 8wt Bass rod survey…

Did you make it to the Somerset Fly Fishing Show?  Let us know in the comments below! Did you make it to the Somerset Fly Fishing Show?  Let us know in the comments below!

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  • Func, It was a pleasure to meet you! The roving band of tenkara bloggers was one of the highlights of Somerset. Looking forward to fishing with you!

  • Owl

    Don’t go misrepresentin’ me. I said it was a cult. Lefty said it was a fad. 🙂

    • Aren’t you part of lefties cult?  Guilty by association!  No wonder they had your pic on on the booth!
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  • Don’t worry, I won’t tell you to shut up. 
    So did you use that new rod on the 60+ degree day we had this week?  I hope so.  It’s a nice $2300 rod, but not $3000.

    • Well, the humidity wasn’t right to fish such a premium grade bamboo rod…
      You are really setting that bar high for me!  Lol

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