10 hours ago
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Last night at a board meeting for Central Jersey Trout Unlimited a friend and I were explaining the Tenkara method of fly fishing and showing off the equipment (rods, lines, flies, etc) to our fellow board members. A debate quickly surfaced... is Tenkara considered fly fishing. Obviously my friend and I were on the yes side of the debate but there were a surprising number of people who did not consider it fly fishing. Was it the lack of a reel, the method of presentation, the unorthodox (to them) equipment? Many arguments were made both for and against but in the end no one changed their opinion. Some of us considered it fly fishing at its roots, fly fishing simplified...just rod line and flies. The others did not know what to call it, but they would not call it fly fishing.