Never knew I needed it

I spent part of last Sunday at the Fly Fishing Show (flyfishingshow.com) in Pleasanton wandering from booth to booth, outfitter to outfitter, talking fly fishing.

I found stuff there that I didn’t know I needed. For example, the Tenkara USA company was showing off its latest rod versions of a two-centuries old Japanese fishing method – tenkara, which translated means “from heaven.”

Tenkara USA (tenkarausa.com) is riding a popular wave of tenkara fishing generated during the last few years by well-known fly fishers like Yvon Chouinard, the founder of Patagonia.

A tenkara rod is nothing more than a long pole with a piece of line tied to its tip and a leader and fly on the other end. There is no reel. You fish with it by simply flipping the fly into the water.

Today’s telescoping tenkara rods are incredibly lightweight and compact. They collapse, one section inside the other down to a back-packable 20-inch cylinder. When fully extended, the rods run from about 11 to 14 feet. They are very slender, with a significant whip action.

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