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Searching for Wabi-sabi 2016

Searching for Wabi-sabi 2016

by October 24, 2016 2 comments

Wabi-sabi is a Japanese aesthetic and way of looking at the world in which things are fleeting and imperfect. Simplicity is one of the core tenets of this aesthetic. I have been studying wabi-sabi with growing interest. I have found that tenkara seems to fit this way of looking at the world as well.

Why Wabi-sabi?

With two children and a beautiful wife, who I love with all my heart, life can sometimes become a bit overwhelming. Having a family with needs, and the subsequent accoutrements to live a decent life, stuff is gathered exponentially. A case in point is my son’s passion for trains. He loves Thomas the Train and all of Thomas’ friends. With this passion for Thomas and Friends, my son’s collection is growing and if we are not careful will ultimately take over our home.

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Fly-fishing has done much the same thing in my life as well. As a passionate fly-fisherman and in particular a tenkara angler my gear has grown to take over my office. Well maybe not the whole office but pretty darn close.  My tenkara rod collection continues to grow along with extra lines, flies, and other stuff. I can only say that I owe a huge thank you to Daniel Galhardo of Tenkara USA for introducing me to this form of fly-fishing. If it was not for him I would have no room for any new gear, and no money for that matter.

Tenkara and Wabi-sabi


Tenkara is fly-fishing simplified requiring nothing more than a rod, a line, and a fly. With minimal gear requirements, the spirit of tenkara shines in the wabi-sabi world view. When planning to get out for a day of fishing it does not take long to get my gear together. I will choose a rod that I feel will be the correct tool for my target location.

Currently, my go to rod is the Tenkara USA Sato rod due to the fact that it is perfect for many scenarios I might run into.

TUSA Tapered Line

Choosing a tenkara line appropriate to the conditions I will be dealing with can sometimes be confusing. Taking what I have learned from over the last few years I have dialed in my line selection process. To learn more about line selection check out the posts listed here.

Tenkara Line Choices

What is the best tenkara line to start with?

Tenkara USA Tapered Line

What is a level line and why should I use it?

What is a furled line and why should I use it?


And to complete my gear I only carry one box of tenkara flies. Sometimes I carry a dozen patterns and sometimes I only carry one pattern. Limiting my fly selection makes my fishing time much more productive as I am not constantly changing flies on every other cast. Typically I go for an Ishigaki Kebari as the first fly of the day if not my only fly. I have made this selection as it is how I started in tenkara. Commiting to the theory of one fly is still definitely still a possibility but one that is still in the works.

The One Fly Theory

Daniel Galhardo and the “One Fly” Theory

“One Fly Or Not To One Fly”

Revisiting the tenkara “One Fly” Concept

Wabi-Sabi 2016

Throughout the remainder of this year I intend to take the simplicity of tenkara and incorporate it into my daily life as well. My intention is to clear my home of unneeded or unwanted items that are simply cluttering my personal space. I hope that you will join me on this adventure and maybe take something away from this adventure as well.

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  1. Tenkara Path
    #1 Tenkara Path 24 October, 2016, 10:20

    Happy to hear you are making this step into letting simplicity be a part if your lifestyle. I’ve been embracing this for years now. You would think simplifying your life would be as easy as just getting rid of things. You will find that you are holding on to things for many different reasons. Good luck and you know I am aways around to talk more about this subject.

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    • Graham Moran
      Graham Moran Author 24 October, 2016, 10:49

      Thanks for the positive response buddy. I will definitely plan to chat with you about this more.

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