Beginners!

Beginners Tenkara the fun way!

Welcome to beginners tenkara. I want to offer the beginning tenkara angler a path to becoming proficient in the practice of tenkara as a viable form of fly fishing. If you are a more experienced tenkara angler there will be many items that will be useful as well.

I have done my best to break down the lessons available into a coherent progression with the chance for the evolving tenkara angler to modify their own search for their own Ten Colors of Tenkara!

I always welcome comments or suggestions for additions to the Beginners Section. Leave a comment on this page or send me an email through my Contact page.

The Feather Thief Book Review

While delving ever deeper into the joys of fly tying my thirst for knowledge grows as well. Recently, I listened to an episode of the Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast hosted by Tom Rosenbauer. Tom interviewed Kirk Wallace Johnson, the author of The Feather Thief.

The Reel Sisters by Michelle Cummings Review

I just read one of the most amazing books on fly fishing, The Reel Sisters by Michelle Cummings. It hit me like a ton of bricks. All in a good way and I wanted to share with you my feelings about this wonderful story. Update: The Tenkara Grasshopper Hansha Podcast Episode 3 is now included with this review.

Orvis Fly-Fishing Guide By Tom Rosenbauer

Learning to fly fish can be intimidating. The Orvis Fly-Fishing Guide by Tom Rosenbauer takes some of the fear out of this awesome sport.

Down by The River Book Review

There is new way to introduce kids to fly fishing. Story time and fly fishing come together in the new book Down By The River by Andrew Weiner and illustrated by April Chu.

Annual Tenkara Holiday Gift List

With the year coming to a close I knew it was time to bring out the Annual Tenkara Holiday Gift List for 2017. Hopefully, you will find the ultimate tenkara gift for the tenkara angler in the family.

Tenkara Summit 2017 Approach

I am excited about the approach of the 2017 Tenkara Summit in Estes Park, CO. I wanted to share my list gear I will be bring this year.

Press Release 303 Flyworks

303 Flyworks, a custom fly tying company specializing in tenkara kebari patterns and Western style fly fishing flies, is proud to announce their doors are open for business.

Tenkara Zoom Rod: A Definition

What is a tenkara zoom rod? Learn what they are then get a quick overview of two of Tenkara Grasshoppers favorite tenkara zoom rods.

Selecting a Tenkara Fishing Rod

Selecting a tenkara fishing rod takes a little bit of knowledge to make the correct choice. Get a primer on tenkara fishing rod selection here.

Backpacking and Tenkara Part 2 Gear

When a backpacking trip involving tenkara is planned the next step is gathering gear. Join me as I gather gear for my trip into the Flat Tops Wilderness.

The Feather Thief Book Review

While delving ever deeper into the joys of fly tying my thirst for knowledge grows as well. Recently, I listened to an episode of the Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast hosted by Tom Rosenbauer. Tom interviewed Kirk Wallace Johnson, the author of The Feather Thief.

Kebari Box Episode 3 Kurobe Headstream Kebari Variant 1

A kebari pattern like the Kurobe Headstream Kebari Variation 1 has an awesome benefit besides catching fish. It is one of the easiest tenkara kebari patterns to tie. The ease of tying this kebari lends itself well to beginning fly tiers. Join me on Youtube to learn to tie this kebari pattern.

Tenkara Pre-Rigging

Every angler I have ever met wants to maximize their time on the water. I know I feel the same way about my time on the water. Because of this I am known for my pre-rigging for tenkara to expedite my river therapy.

Entomology and Tenkara: Is it worth it?

What does entomology have to do with using kebari patterns? When we learn to recognize creatures that are the common prey of our fishy friends, we begin to understand the ways to trick our quarry. Because a kebari characteristically does not resemble any particular bug, we need to find alternate ways to make a fish eat.

Thoughts on Tenkara Fly Control

Fly control includes the art moving the fly when and how you want to, but also includes the art of the not moving the fly when and how you want to.

Large River Tenkara

Have you ever wondered what an appropriate tenkara line setup on large rivers? Take a short course with me to learn my tenkara line setup!

Kebari Box Episode 1 Tools Video

The Kebari Box Episode 1 Tools is now availabe for you to watch. Learn about the tools needed to start tying Japanese kebari and western fly patterns.

Fly Box Fly Tying Episode 1 Tools

Welcome to the Tenkara Grasshopper Fly Box where I will teach you to tie the kebari and flies I carry each day. Episode 1 The Tools

Rigging Tricks and Techniques Part 2

As a tenkara guide I have found a few tricks that do truly maximize my clients time on the water! In this post I will share my knots of choice.

What do I do for line management?

When one hears the word tenkara, the most common thing that comes to mind is “A rod, a line, a fly!” That is really the essence of tenkara gear wise.

Backpacking and Tenkara Part 2 Gear

When a backpacking trip involving tenkara is planned the next step is gathering gear. Join me as I gather gear for my trip into the Flat Tops Wilderness.

Tenkara USA Tapered Line Review

The Nylon Tapered Line from Tenkara USA review.

Tenkara USA Rhodo and Sato Rods A Combined Review

There are some products that arrive on the market and shake up what you believe to be the best.

Tenkara Gear and Toys That Have Appeared Recently In The Tenkara Cave of Wonders

Tenkara is simplicity. Tenkara is poetry in motion. And Tenkara is the form of fly fishing that I find myself gravitating towards more and more each and every day. Because

Finest Fly Tying Benches of Colorado Laptop Traveler Bench Review

How many times have you been invited to a fishing buddies house to tie flies or traveled to a destination a few hours away from home but decided not to

Finest Fly Tying Benches Of Colorado Side Caddy

Mr. Jay Burge of Finest Fly Tying Benches of Colorado designed an accessory stand and wanted me to try it out. So after having used the Side Caddy for some

Fly Tying Bench Update

I wanted to let you all know that The Finest Fly Tying Benches of Colorado has gone active today. Here is the link to the new site. You can also

Tanago Thoughts

I recently received a Tanago rod from Chris Stewart of www.Tenkarabum.com fame.  What is a Tanago rod you ask? Well apparently it is almost exactly like a Tenkara rod but

Tenkara USA Ito Initial Review

I finally got the Tenkara USA rod I had been dreaming of since it was released to the Tenkara market. The Ito!!!!! So, since that has happened, it is now

Redington Sonic Pro Wader Pant

Last year I purchased a pair of the Redington Sonic Pro Wader Pants from a local fly fishing shop here in Denver. I had already purchased a pair of chest