I, Graham, would like to introduce you to Tenkara Grasshopper Media Services. Tenkara Grasshopper was and still is the brain child of mine.
A brief history of Tenkara Grasshopper Media Services
I started utilizing the ancient Japanese style of fly fishing known as tenkara. The practice of tenkara was originally used as a commercial fishing technique used by poor mountain fisherman in the interior of Japan.
The discovery of tenkara occurred in January of 2010 for me while reading a fly fishing magazine I found an ad for Tenkara USA. What caught my attention was the tag line of Tenkara USA: A Rod, A Line, and A Fly!
It was not long after seeing this advertisement that I ordered my first of many tenkara rods. Tenkara has become a passion of mine over the last 10 years. And the passion still rages on today.
A Brief Squirrel Moment
Tenkara is about the technique, not the gear!Daniel Galhardo
This is one of the primary reasons that I love tenkara as a fly fishing technique. The presentation in particular, will make or break a tenkara anglers day.
Although, I do disagree somewhat when looking deeper into this quote from Daniel.
Daniel states tenkara is about the technique which I do agree with. Alas, I beg to differ with him about it not being about the gear. Let me explain my thought process here.
When a fly rod manufacturer contemplates a new design there are a number of things that happen, not necessarily in this order:
- Consumers or a member of the “Pro Staff” for a rod company suggestion a particular feature of a rod. This could be an action i.e. Slow, Medium, or Fast Action. It could be technique specific i.e. Euro-Nymphing.
- The rod manufacturer, listening to this reaches out to those who are professional anglers or guides. They may reach out to the head designer within their walls.
- If these individuals agree, they will start designing a rod based on the above requests.
Asking three anglers what the best rod action is for fly fishing, and you will get three different answers. One will prefer a slow action rod, one will prefer a medium action rod, and the third will prefer a fast action rod. So who is right? They all are in their own right.
Opinion of the Author Not Science
But here is where things get sticky. If a rod designer prefers a slow action rod, that is what they are going to design. After the design face the rod manufacturer will come out with the new rod.
Just about the time that the rod makes it to the consumer market, media sources start doing reviews of the new rod. Likely, there will be reviews that use glowing terms to describe how special the rod is. But, there will also be reviews that are not so flattering!
Why? Some reviewers prefer a slow action, while others prefer a fast action.
The same thing happens with a tenkara rod. There are tenkara rod designers who prefer a softer tip. Conversely, there are those who prefer a stiffer tip.
I, Graham, prefer more of a medium action in both rod and reel designs and tenkara. If I try a rod out and find the tip to soft for me personally, I won’t fish it. Too stiff, same thing.
What does this mean for my argument?
Personally, tenkara for me is primarily about the technique, but also about the equipment!
What does this mean for GEAR Colorado Fly Fishing and Tenkara Grasshopper Media Services?
I am making an effort to streamline my operations. One of those things is to combine Tenkara Grasshopper Media Services and GEAR Colorado Fly Fishing into one entity. By doing this, I can make my work easier and also provide additional value to visitors to this site.
I will be working out the details of streamlining access to Tenkara Grasshopper Media Services content here.
Please stay tuned as I continue to tweak things.
Thank you for your understanding during this process.