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6th Annual Tenkara Summit Hosted By Tenkara USA

September 16, 2017 - September 17, 2017

2017 tenkara summit, 6th annual tenkara summit

Wow, another tenkara season is passing quickly in Colorado. And I am super excited to share the news of a major event hosted by Tenkara USA in Colorado. The 6th Annual Tenkara Summit is returning to Estes Park, Colorado September 16, 2017.

The 6th Annual Tenkara Summit

Each year Tenkara USA tries to find an amazing location for people to experience tenkara. In 2015 the Tenkara Summit was held at the YMCA of the Rockies just outside of Estes Park, Colorado and within a very short distance of Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP).

The Tenkara Summit is a gathering of the tenkara community with the purpose of sharing knowledge about tenkara and for the community to meet and fish together. The Summit is a great opportunity to visit and fish in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Every year the Tenkara Summit continues to grow both in attendance and in the number of amazing presentations. This year’s Summit is shaping up to be even more amazing than the last. The schedule for Saturday, September 16 is a day to not be missed.



9am – 12 pm: Presentations by Dr. Ishigaki, Yvon Chouinard and more…
12pm – 3 pm: Lunch (included in registration cost, 3 food trucks will be available), fly-tying with Tenkara Grasshopper and Mark Bolson, rigging and casting clinics, and vendors
3pm -5:00pm: Presentations
5:00-7:00pm: go find some fish/relax with some new or old friends
7pm – 10pm: Tenkara social/fly-tying gathering, location to be determined


Sunday is the day to experience tenkara in all of its glory! Take some time to get out with everyone you met on Saturday.


30-45 minute presentations including the following speakers:
Dr. Hisao Ishigaki the consumat tenkara sensei will be coming from Japan especially for this event!
Yvon Chouinard, the founder of Patagonia, will talk about his approach to tenkara and conservation.
Daniel Galhardo, Tenkara USA founder will be signing books and doing a short talk about tenkara.
Jason Klass will be presenting on tenkara techniques.
Adam Trahan will be speaking about Accuracy Casting to improve Tenkara Catch Rate.
Matt Sment will cover some tips for tenkara fishing.
Steve Schweitzer on fishing the local waters, also with his guide books to Rocky Mountain National Park and Indian Peaks Wilderness.


There will be a small vendor area that will be open to the Summit attendees. If you are completely new to tenkara the folks from Tenkara USA will have some product for purchase. (See the Must Haves below.) To remember this amazing event you will be able to purchase some awesome event swag to take home with you. Wandering the vendor area is always fun and can be a great way to meet some amazing people.


As part of your admission to the 6th Annual Tenkara Summit lunch on Saturday is included. For the first time in the history of the Tenkara Summit there will be 3 local food trucks to choose from. I (Tenkara Grasshopper) have tried all the food from all 3 trucks and I can say my mouth is watering just thinking about it.

The trucks to get your grub from are:

Barbecue by:Southern Guys’ Smokehouse
Wood-fired pizza by: TJ’s Wood-Fired Mobile Pizza
Lobster rolls by: Mile High Lobster Shack

Also the organizers have included a number of suggestions on the Tenkara USA event page.

Tenkara Summit Must Haves

You will need a few things to have a successful and fun time at the 6th Annual Tenkara Summit. Below is the short list to have with you.

  • Colorado fishing license – No license no fishing. Game wardens in RMNP and outside don’t mess around, get your Colorado fishing license here
  • Tenkara fishing gear (Tenkara USA  will have some available for sale, but recommend getting a rod ahead of time here to ensure availability).
  • Polarized sunglasses – You can see the fish better and at higher altitudes the sunlight is more intense than at lower altitudes.
  • SPF30+ Sunscreen – Like I said above, the sun is stronger at altitude, therefore you are likely to burn without sunscreen.
  • Sun Protection: Hat. Buff, etc. If you don’t have either, get one at the Tenkara USA booth.
  • Water Bottle: Staying hydrated is essential! You’ll find that you need to drink a lot more water than normal at higher altitudes.
  • Layers: Windbreaker, Fleece, etc. – weather is super nice at this time of year, but it will be cool in the evenings and temperature could be low during the day too. Thunderstorms are always possible.
  • Camera

For more information check out the Tenkara Summit 2017 page. I look forward to seeing you all at the 6th Annual Tenkara Summit in Estes Park, Colorado.

If you want to learn about past Tenkara Summits check out the reviews below.

Tenkara Summit 2015

Tenkara Summit 2014

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