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Tenkara: Radically Simple, Ultralight Fly Fishing Paperback – March 1, 2011
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Beginning and seasoned anglers will find the information needed to make the transition from Western to tenkara fishing: the essentials of gear and rigging, fishing dry lines, subsurface fishing and casting, knots, tenkara backpacking, and tenkara for women. Regardless of your skill level, it’s the simplicity that’s going to win you over. Tenkara has everything you love about fly fishing, but with a liberating minimalism.
About the Author
Kevin C. Kelleher, MD, is a family physician, an adjunct professor of medicine, the author of a monthly medical advice column, and an award-winning painter. He is also a backpacker, canoeist, and tenkara devotee.
Misako Ishimura, a top international fly-fishing competitor, was the charter director of the International Women Fly Fishers and the founder of World Fly Fishing of Japan.
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The book is artfully written and is (as far as I can tell) technically accurate. It is also fair, inasmuch as both the joys and the limitations of tenkara are spelled out; although enthusiastic about tenkara, the author is neither cheerleader nor salesman.
I'm delighted with the illustrations. They have the spare suggestive style of much Asian art, and after all the book is about Japanese fly fishing. As for the lack of color pictures, they not only would have added little, they would have increased the cost of the book; you pay for what you get.
I strongly recommend the book both to people new to fly fishing and to those who are already accomplished fly fishers.
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