And We’re Off to the Seychelle Islands

I just finished packing my Patagonia Storm waterproof bag and I’m at a comfortable 20lbs. Not bad when you consider my Simms Sneaker wading boots are in there, all my toiletries and clothes for a winter evening out in Paris. I try to never let my rods and reels out…

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A Word from Our Founder:

My first memory of fishing was with my dad when I was about four years old and we were anchored off Honeymoon Harbor in the Bahamas. There wasn’t much room for toys on our 27-ft Morgan sailboat, which we lived aboard for about a month at a time. One day…

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Breaking Down Barriers

Recently I returned from a trip to Boston, Mass. where I was invited to speak to an all men’s fly fishing club, the Fly Casters of Boston. This is a private club steeped in tradition and bylaws that date back to the early 1940s. The group of gentlemen meet monthly…

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Cat Walk in Waders

As the holidays creep up on us and winter bares down, the Fly Fishing Show and companies in the fly fishing industry prepare for exhibitions all over the country. As I’ve mentioned in a previous blog, its a great time to take a class, attend seminars and brush up on…

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Show Season is Upon Us

Winter is here in all its glory and many of you who reside in warm climates are continuing to fly fish and enjoy less humidity. Those of us in the north are searching for tailwaters, taking to our vises or spending frigid days getting caught up on the latest tenkara…

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Celebrating Zen Tenkara’s “Firsts”

As you may or may not know, Zen Tenkara/Zen Fly Fishing Gear has been around since 2012. We’ve worked hard at defining not only ourselves, but also American Tenkara and in doing so, have tried hard to set ourselves apart from the ordinary and into the extraordinary. In order to…

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What is a FRAE Rating?

When fly anglers talk about their fly rods, they use a set of terms to describe the rod. This usually includes the rod’s length and the rod’s weight. You’ll hear fly fisherman say they have a 7ft 3wt or a 9ft 5wt, etc. The rod’s weight has nothing to do…

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Fly Fishing in Argentina, Reel Optional

Golden Dorado, beautiful rainbows and fat browns – that’s what awaits in Argentina! April 9th-17th, 2021 we’re heading down to Urban Dorado Anglers and Las Pampas Lodge for pure fishing heaven, total indulgence and an Argentinian experience like no other. Use your rod and reel, use your tenkara fly rod,…

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2019 IFTD Show Review

Back in the home office at Zen Tenkara I’ve spent the day writing emails and sorting business cards. I’ve also spent time reflecting on this past week at the IFTD Show in Denver. It was quite a big deal for the International Fly Tackle Dealers Show to return to Denver…

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Interview from Alaska

Here’s a short interview that we did with Rapids Camp Lodge in King Salmon Alaska – not a typical tenkara destination but one that is actually as sweet as could be: For the past 3 years, we have been lucky to host Karin Miller & her husband Erik Fischer at…

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Tenkara Alaskan Style

I’ve just recently returned from another incredible Alaskan adventure and I have to say, the novelty and excitement of this untamed wilderness, never ceases to thrill me. Amy and Dan Herrig, owners of Rapids Camp Fishing Lodge, were our hosts for the third year in a row. They are special…

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Join Me!

May 8th, this Wednesday evening at 7:00pm Mountain Time AskAboutFlyFishing.com will be broadcasting a live internet radio show with the owner of Zen Tenkara, Karin Miller, as guest. This will be a great time with fantastic conversation and an opportunity for you to type in your questions in real-time –…

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New Floating Tenkara Line

  There are a lot of tenkara line options out there for tenkara rods. In the past, Zen offered many. They all had their pros and cons. Here’s a quick review of the tenkara line options and why we created our Zen Floating Line. Furled Tenkara Lines Furled and tapered…

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2018 Summer Line Up

It’s been a while since we’ve posted a blog because we’re just so darn busy – which is a good thing…a really, really good thing. Tenkara is finally assimilating into the fly fishing arena with more acceptance than ever before. Many of the stigmas that initially enveloped the method are…

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Bonefish Bonanza, Tenkara Style

It’s mid-July and I’m hunting around the bottom of my closet for fleece pants and wool socks. I’m heading to Alaska in less than a week and I’m excited but getting a little nervous since I’ve never been and I was invited there to fish and talk tenkara. It’s sort…

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The Making Of A Tenkara Rod

I’ve always been a sucker for a really good rod. After fly fishing as a teenager and young adult with an Eagle Claw Trailmaster (which, by the way, was a pretty darned good way to begin), I started out with my old matched pair of venerable Fisher fly rods, one…

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Why Did I Get Into Tying Flies?

Posted by Michael McFarland on May 01, 2016 Why did I get into tying my own flies? When I look around my tying area at all of the materials I have collected, the tools I have acquired, and the time I have dedicated to staring at my vise, this question…

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Bringing It Home

As you may or may not know, our tag line for Zen Tenkara is “defining American tenkara”. I’ve been asked exactly what that means and where we’re going as a company. Well, in this moment, I’ll attempt to tell you. We are anglers, fly men and women, passionate about what we do,…

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Meet Michael McFarland: Our 2nd Out Of 5 Fly Tyers

Michael McFarland Michael McFarland is one of our Zen Certified Tenkara Guides and he’s also our Signature Fly Designer.Michael moved to Denver, Colorado about 10 years ago and really gravitated toward the Tenkara-style of fly fishing while routinely taking overnight camping trips in Rocky Mountain National Park. He’s spent a great…

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BIG News!

You may have noticed lately that Zen has been quieter than usual on the social media airways. That’s because we’ve been in deep contemplation and very busy planning an exciting new year. As the 2015 fishing season gradually winds down, Zen is revving up! Our first three years as a…

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Taking Pacific Salmon On A Tenkara Rod

Bob is the editor for the Rocky Mountain Flycaster, the Fort Collins chapter of Trout Unlimited Rocky Mountain FlyCaster Although I’m serving my third year as editor of The Flypaper, I’ve only published one article in the RMF newsletter. The regular contributors are competent and well-informed writers with lots to…

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Just Breathe

This has been an unusual year for me. It began with the unexpected passing of my sister. She was 3 years my elder and the news came New Year’s Eve. Festivities came to a halt and I traveled to Ohio where she had lived for many years, to mourn, sort,…

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CarpKara All The Way!

In the very early start up years of tenkara, here in the United States, life was frustrating to say the least. Fly shops ran me out of their stores, anglers laughed at me when I spoke of tenkara, and even tenkara enthusiasts were often “unfriendly”. It was a difficult time…

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Why A Guide

With the growing interest in tenkara style fly fishing, is the growing need for knowledgeable, professional and skilled tenkara guides. Why you ask? Tenkara is simple and uncomplicated. Is there really a need for tenkara guides? The answer in my opinion is, yes . Let me spend the next few…

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Pimp’en Tenkara Mobile

As spring opens up it’s no doubt a new fishing season is upon us. The phone is ringing, emails are flying, orders are coming in and shows and events are scheduled every weekend for the next two months. It’s a good problem to have so complaining, I’m not. To tell…

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​ TENKARA WINTER SERIES MELTS AWAY FOR A YEAR

The Tenkara Winter Series ended its inaugural year, I believe, on a high note. Looking back now, it amazes me we actually pulled it off, and did so with such grace and talent. Not my talent mind you, but that of our presenters. People like Paul Vertrees, Kirk Deeter and Chris Stewart along with…

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Tenkara Taking Off With Fly Fishing Fans

By Dennis Smith Posted: 02/18/2015 08:03:38 PM MST TV news anchors have nothing on fishermen when it comes to stretching the truth. More than 70 years ago, humorist Ed Zern observed, “Fishermen are born honest, but they get over it.” And just last year, fishing writer John Geirach titled his…

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We’re Growing

As August quickly approaches I’m forced to look back on another year and scream out ”OMG!” It’s been about two years since Zen got picked up by our very first retail shop, Mountain Anglers in Breckenridge, Colorado. Time flies when you’re working two jobs, running a business, designing products, doing demos, certifying guides and…

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Riverworks ZX

Posted by Michael McFarland on February 15, 2014 It’s always interesting to try out new gear and push myself outside of my own comfort zone. I’m sure many of you are the same, in that we often find ourselves experimenting with new lines, flies, packs and rods. After maybe an…

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