Tenkara?

テンカラ literally: “from heaven”, or “from the skies”

Fishing without a reel–just a bamboo-handled rod, some line, and a minimal fly–that’s how I like it.

I was writing about our adventures long before I was using tenkara methods for fly fishing. Happiness just all consolidated about the time I picked up that first tenkara rod and tossed a fly into a clear alpine lake. It also happened to coincide perfectly with the year we took a leap, packed up life as we knew it, and moved to Colorado. We simplified our existence and practiced simplicity in our fishing.

I love the easy feel of the bamboo in my hand and a kebari fly at the end of my line. It is a beautiful way to engage a fish in a dance. Straightforward and clean. It suites me. So does tying my own tenkara flies.

This life we now live feels a bit like it came from the skies. It is a perpetual dream state of choosing one adventure versus another. The simpler we keep our systems, the easier to keep playing. It started with fishing, but the concepts behind tenkara have infused our life.

 

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