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Tenkara is the simple fly-fishing method from Japan. This book is written by the person who introduced tenkara outside of Japan.
Tenkara is the simple fly-fishing method from Japan. This book is written by the person who introduced tenkara outside of Japan.
Tenkara is the simple fly-fishing method from Japan. This book is written by the person who introduced tenkara outside of Japan.
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Tenkara is the simple fly-fishing method from Japan. It's a style of fly-fishing that emphasizes the experience of fly-fishing more than the equipment. The philosophy is rooted on simplicity and reliance on technique rather than gear. tenkara - the book is the first book written on tenkara that includes first-hand knowledge direct from its sources in Japan.

In 2009, Daniel Galhardo introduced tenkara to people around the world by founding Tenkara USA. The objective was to show people that fly-fishing could be simple, "all one needs is a rod, line and fly". Tenkara has since been growing in popularity, and spurred a movement around simple fly-fishing.

The author with Mr. Yoshida and Mr. Sebata
The author with Mr. Yoshida and Mr. Sebata

Daniel's focus has always been on sharing the tenkara story. He has visited Japan every year to learn the method directly from the tenkara masters. Through videos, photography, blog posts, articles, the Tenkara magazinepodcasts and other medium, Daniel has continually shared the story of tenkara in a variety of ways. That work is culminating in "tenkara - the book", which puts it all together in a well-written multi-media publication. 

The author with his main teacher, Dr. Hisao Ishigaki, on their first time meeting
The author with his main teacher, Dr. Hisao Ishigaki, on their first time meeting

About "tenkara - the book"

tenkara - the book brings together the knowledge, stories and philosophies Japanese tenkara anglers passed on to Daniel over the years. It starts with a "Quick guide" to tenkara, which allows anyone to get started right away. Then it goes on to briefly cover the history and philosophies of the method. Next there is a comprehensive instructional section which covers everything from the equipment to more advanced techniques and the secrets and tricks Daniel has picked up along the way while teaching tenkara to thousands of anglers around the world.

tenkara - the book embraces the simplicity of tenkara and truly keeps things simple. Different from most other fishing books which include discussions on entomology and latin, diagrams with half a dozen knots and physics charts to teach you how to cast, this book will show you everything you need to know in a simple and intuitive way. It goes in advanced technique territory but never loses the essence of tenkara: simplicity. 

Daniel teaching a group of new anglers in Boulder, Colorado
Daniel teaching a group of new anglers in Boulder, Colorado

Throughout tenkara - the book Daniel shares his experiences in Japan through vivid stories that take you through how he learned different techniques and how he gained insights on the more complex aspects of the method. You will feel as if you are in Japan learning directly from the masters yourself. 

Mr. Sebata fishing a mountain stream in Japan during one of Daniel's visits
Mr. Sebata fishing a mountain stream in Japan during one of Daniel's visits

tenkara - the book utilizes multi-media tools available in today's rich media environment to help readers learn more about tenkara. Throughout the book readers will find further resources such as QR codes pointing to videos so that in addition to reading about techniques you can see how they work in real life. 

Daniel and designer Jeremy Shellhorn developed a unique illustration style to explain techniques used. The illustrations and diagrams in the book will help you quickly learn all you need about tenkara. 

An illustration and QR code example from the book
An illustration and QR code example from the book

Why we need your help

We need your help to create the best possible resource for tenkara. The funds raised will help with creation of more videos that will be made available through the book. In addition, the costs of editing a good book are not trivial and we are hoping to have the support from the community to create the best publication possible.

We are also hoping you can help us spread the word on this simple fly-fishing method. Tenkara has opened the doors to fly-fishing to many people, and as several people will say it has changed their lives by showing them something normally perceived as complex can actually be simple. That's a message worth spreading. 

About Tenkara USA

Founded in 2009, Tenkara USA was the first company to introduce tenkara to the USA and outside of Japan. Tenkara USA is a fully independent business based in Boulder, Colorado and created by Daniel to promote the simple fly-fishing method from Japan and to let people know fly-fishing doesn't have to be complicated. Tenkara USA is the original tenkara rod, line and fly company and specializes in creating the best tenkara rods, lines and flies in the market in addition to creating educational content for people to learn about tenkara. 

Tenkara USA is a member of 1% for the Planet. 

About the author

Daniel Galhardo is first person to bring tenkara out to the world and the only person to have gone back to Japan year after year to learn from a multitude of tenkara anglers in Japan. His respect for the method and passion for sharing the tenkara story can be seen in the variety of content he's created and will make the book unique and authentic. 

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Risks and challenges

The book's writing has been completed, and most images are done.
There are videos to be created, editing to be done and more images to be taken. This could potentially lead to delays, though these are not expected.
We have been in business for over 7 years and have consistently delivered on every project and product ever initiated, including publications such as the Tenkara Magazine.

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    Experience the unique opportunity of spending a day learning tenkara directly from Daniel in Colorado. Fishing should be within 2 hours of driving from Boulder, CO. Does not include transportation to Boulder or agreed location.
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