Zen Suimenka Tenkara Fly Rod

We’re starting a new video series of fun informational videos to help you explore the differences among each of our unique products, so you can find your perfect fit. We’ll begin by looking at the tenkara fly rods that have turned curious anglers into lifelong fans of Zen Tenkara. Take a second and step into the Zen Studio with Karin Miller.

First off: the Zen Suimenka Tenkara Fly Rod.

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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Tico Trout, Tenkara Angler Magazine, Spring 2019

Tico is the affectionate term that native Costa Ricans call those who were born in their country, a country so beautiful, diverse and varied, yet so completely approachable and navigable. When people talk about fishing in Costa Rica, their minds immediately conjure up images of jumping tarpon and sailfish busting…

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Sat. April 13th, Jax Outdoors

Come out and meet Karin Miller, Owner of Zen Tenkara/Zen Fly Fishing Gear this weekend. She’s just returned from fishing in the Maldives Islands. Hear about her adventures, fishing the Maldives, tenkara on the reef and landing Blue Fin Trevelle, Big Eyes and casting to the notorious GT. She was…

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Something to Ponder

It took only 10 days of being absent to be invaded. That seems like such a short time for nature to crawl in and take over. But that’s all it took. I opened the pantry door and was immediately struck by the smell, a musty funk that I’m certain wasn’t…

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This could be YOU

6 Days, 5 Nights of Awesome in Costa Rica PM me if your interested Segment 1: Machaca Machaca are extremely aggressive, and throwing poppers behind overhanging branches along the bank often triggers several fish to attack from below. Once hooked, the fish are as aerial as mini tarpon and as strong as…

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Costa Rica Calling…

Some time ago, in fact, over a year ago, I was contacted by Tom Enderlin, Owner and Head Guide of Fly Release Travels, a company based out of San Jose, Costa Rica. Fly Release specializes in the finest hosted fly fishing and exotic, “exploratory travel adventures” around the world. He…

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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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Shark And Tarpon Tenkara

Today is a snowy, cold day in Colorado. I pulled out my Patagonia Stormfront Wet/Dry Duffel last night and started prepping for my upcoming trip to Las Pampas Lodge, Patagonia in a few weeks. I’m feeling extremely grateful these days as only two months ago I was able to fish…

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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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Margarhitaville Here I Come

  The weather outside is changing and autumn is officially here, in fact, it arrived early in the morning on Thursday, September 22nd. And like clockwork, the sunshine had that warm golden hue to it and shadows were long. Darkness fell a little quicker and the night was noticeable colder.…

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It Takes A Village

Zen is a small company. We don’t have huge backers or deep pockets. We’re a local, homegrown Colorado company and we care. We’re people, with families, with kids, with dogs, with all that goes with all of that. Zen can’t support foundations or sponsor huge events, but we do what…

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Suzume: Small Stream Versatility

I hit my local rugged, semi-desert canyons early yesterday with what I consider the most versatile small stream tenkara rod out there, our Suzume. This particular creek has deep bend pools, runs of riffles dotted with pocket water, and edges shaded by tall grass, cottonwoods, and willows. The quintessential small…

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The “Sparrow” Suzume Is Here

Talk about busy, these days, busy doesn’t come close to describing the Zen Team. We’re burning the midnight oil to bring you some really cool new products. The first was the Crosscurrent Chest Pack. Made right here in good’ole Colorado, USA. Streamline and bomb-proof, it’s the ultimate in efficiency and…

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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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An Unexpected Gift

I recently spent the day fishing Rocky Mountain National Park with my family. We’re a busy bunch, always moving and doing. My son just came off of a 19 credit hours semester in college while simultaneously working a job and completing an internship. Just how much more can be squeezed…

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Heaven On Earth

About a year ago I met a gentleman from Argentina. We talked of tenkara and of his home land. More specifically, we talked of the wondrous fishing opportunities Patagonia held and of the lodge he was a part of, Las Pampas Lodge.Then for many months, we never spoke again. But all…

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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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Reflections Off The Water

Posted by Karin Miller on October 23, 2014 Over the course of my years I’ve been compared to many things: I’ve been called “the other” Martha Stewart; a Bulldog – once I bite, my jaw locks and I don’t let go; and crazy. Most definitely I have a Type A…

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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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