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Tenkara: Radically Simple, Ultralight Fly Fishing Paperback – March 1, 2011
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From the Back Cover
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
The book goes into enough detail about knots, flies, casting and the like to get you ready to go out on the water. As its title implies, it's all about simplicity and, after reading it, I got the sense that Tenkara is one of those "minutes to learn, lifetime to master" disciplines, of which the basics can be explained in one slim volume, but the rest must be learned in person rather than from a book. I'm fine with that, and this book was just the clear, thorough set of instructions I was looking for.
While the sketches in the book illustrate all of the key points, I would have liked to see more color pictures or diagrams. Not having certainly doesn't take away from the content itself, but kept it from getting "5 stars" in my review.
A great resource for anyone wanting to learn more about tenkara, especially beginners.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
wonderful book that instilled the basics in me that lead to a lot of trout for our camp dinners during a week long backpacking trip in the sierras, my first time fly fishing and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Luke
From the origins of Japanese fly fishing, equipment to fishing tactics Tenkara explains in detail how to fly fish this simpler fishing method.Published 2 months ago by Stan Photo Man
This book is for Tenkara, what the Curtis Creek Manifesto is for Western style Flyfishing. Kevin Kelleher and Misako Ishimura give you a solid foundation to build your interest... Read morePublished 3 months ago by NUM623
Very informative for someone like me beginning to fish with a tenkara rod.Published 13 months ago by jefftheref
I really liked this book. I am a newcomer to fly fishing and I found this book to make the introduction not only less intimidating, but inspiring. Read morePublished 13 months ago by JJJ
I have wanted to try fly fishing for several years, but found the terminology and complexity a bit bewildering as a neophyte. Tenkara strips out everything not strictly necessary. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Bill Day