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Today, I’m sharing items from Tenkara USA, Fishpond, & Blue Ridge Outdoors.
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Maybe you’re not into tenkara. I get it – it isn’t for everyone. But, as I’ve said before, I think a lot of negativity simply comes from a lack of exposure. The best way to get a feel for this type of fishing is to actually pick up a rod and give it a shot. Daniel Gelhardo, Japanese fly fishing evangelist and owner of Tenkara USA, has put out some great entry level videos that will explain the ins and outs of the technique. His first entry is a breakdown of the five rods in his company’s stable. It is a clear-cut and straightforward introduction that gives you all the information you need to get a rod and give tenkara a try.
Now, I don’t own this briefcase. I wish I did, and I’d like to one day; but currently I do not. That being said, I’ve checked it out a few times at shops and at the Fly Fishing Show. If you’re in the market for a new briefcase / weekend bag, this is a great option to pursue instead of just picking up just anything. Fishpond makes great stuff across the board, but their high-tech waxed canvas series is a perfect synthesis of modern manufacturing with vintage aesthetics. I’m not going to promise that having fly fishing branded luggage will make you feel adventurous when you’re going to/from work or class… but it definitely won’t hurt.
If you listen to or read April Vokey, you know that she’s explained the counter-intuitive bristling that can occur upon hearing the label of “woman fly fisher.” I get it. Labels have a tendency to separate more than refine. All that to say, this piece is a great synopsis of what some leading fly fishers (who happen to be women) are up to. This site isn’t a soap box for my worldview, but I do think that articles like this are still important and necessary. That sentiment applies to the fly fishing community as well as the greater outdoors culture.
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