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An Interview with Bob Younger, Tenkara Winter Series 2016 Presenter

This is the first time you and I have had a chance to talk about your photography. Can you tell me how you got your start?Bob: I lived in Yellowstone for a year as a child. While there I used my dad's old Canon FT QL he bought in Vietnam and brought back to the states. [...]

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Meet Connor Murphy: 1 Out of Our 5 Fly Tyers at the Tenkara Winter Series

                       Connor Murphy:Connor Murphy has been fly fishing and fly tying religiously for more than 13 years. In addition to working as a shop rat/guide/instructor at St. Peters Fly Shop in Fort Collins, Connor is a Montana Fly Company fly designer, FFF Certified Casting Instructor [...]

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An Interview with Dennis Coppock, Tenkara Winter Series 2016 Presenter

A few days ago I had a chance to spend most of the day fishing with Dennis on the Arkansas River tailwater below Pueblo Reservoir. The day was warm for mid-January, the water was beautiful, and we had plenty of time to talk. Dennis and I have much in common; a mutual love for our wives and [...]

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BIG News!

You may have noticed lately that Zen has been quieter than usual on the social media airways. That’s because we’ve been in deep contemplation and very busy planning an exciting new year. As the 2015 fishing season gradually winds down, Zen is revving up! Our first three years as a company have been an incredible journey and we have [...]

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Taking Pacific Salmon on a Tenkara Rod

Bob is the editor for the Rocky Mountain Flycaster, the Fort Collins chapter of Trout UnlimitedRocky Mountain FlyCasterAlthough I’m serving my third year as editor of The Flypaper, I’ve only published one article in the RMF newsletter. The regular contributors are competent and well-informed writers with lots to say. So, my job has been very [...]

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Just Breathe

This has been an unusual year for me. It began with the unexpected passing of my sister. She was 3 years my elder and the news came New Year’s Eve. Festivities came to a halt and I traveled to Ohio where she had lived for many years, to mourn, sort, pack and arrange. My birthday was a few [...]

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CarpKara All the Way!

In the very early start up years of tenkara, here in the United States, life was frustrating to say the least. Fly shops ran me out of their stores, anglers laughed at me when I spoke of tenkara, and even tenkara enthusiasts were often “unfriendly”. It was a difficult time for sure. If you mentioned tenkara, it was automatically [...]

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An Unexpected Gift

I recently spent the day fishing Rocky Mountain National Park with my family. We’re a busy bunch, always moving and doing. My son just came off of a 19 credit hours semester in college while simultaneously working a job and completing an internship. Just how much more can be squeezed into a 24 hour day? This summer he’s taking [...]

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Heaven on Earth

About a year ago I met a gentleman from Argentina. We talked of tenkara and of his home land. More specifically, we talked of the wondrous fishing opportunities Patagonia held and of the lodge he was a part of, Las Pampas Lodge.Then for many months, we never spoke again. But all the time I continued to think about [...]

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Why a Guide

With the growing interest in tenkara style fly fishing, is the growing need for knowledgeable, professional and skilled tenkara guides. Why you ask? Tenkara is simple and uncomplicated. Is there really a need for tenkara guides? The answer in my opinion is, yes . Let me spend the next few moments on this page telling you why.To begin, I [...]

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