Foremost tenkara authority to speak at summit
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The foremost authority on flies used in tenkara – the traditional Japanese fly fishing technique that doesn’t involve a reel – will be the main speaker at the 5th Annual Tenkara Summit in September.
Yoshikazu Fujioka, an eminent fly historian and collector, will be the main ‘teacher’ at the summit in the Rocky Mountain National Park, where he will be joined by another tenkara fishing master, Go Ishii.
The event is organised by Daniel Galhardo, the founder of Tenkara USA and the man who first introduced the uncomplicated style to North America.
The technique, which requires only a rod, line and fly, has caused a mini fly fishing revolution with its appeal to anglers who appreciate its minimalistic nature and back-to-grassroots philosophy.
“The idea behind the summit is to bring the tenkara community together and to share knowledge,” said Galhardo, who gave up a career in international banking to launch his business in 2009. He has been to Japan seven times and has developed strong relationships with tenkara masters.
“I rely heavily on their knowledge and feedback to ensure my products are true to tenkara,” he added. “It’s important to respect where the style comes from and the simplicity that makes it so liberating.”
Galhardo introduced his latest adjustable rod at the recent IFTD show in Orlando, along with a new Line Keeper that already has sales figures in the thousands after only two months in the shops. A new threaded butt cap designed to keep rod sections in place during transit also made its debut.
Further details about the Tenkara Summit, being held in Estes Park, Colorado, on September 19th, can be found at www.tenkarausa.com/summit