Tenkara Jam this fall in the heart of the North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains
Following the way of an ancient fly fishing ritual called Tenkara, a new birth of interest in its ways has generated a following here in the U. S., Europe, New Zealand and parts of South America. It has generated an unexpected legion of followers to the point of their being the madding crowd, not far from the madding crowd.
No better measure of enthusiasm for a sport, product, idea or niche interest can trump vendor attendance and paid attendees at a ‘show’ that showcases a focus
Jason Sparks, sponsor and organizer of the Tenkara Jam this year and past years, recently said that expectations for this year’s Jam have already exceeded estimates for both vendor participation and visitors.
Jason also said: “The owners of the leading companies will be in house. The leading Tenkara anglers I have lined up to make presentations are top shelf. This will be the largest Tenkara gathering in the US this year. Actually, I dare say that there may not be another event in the world this year for total headcount.
Tenkara has a Japanese history, but they do not rally on it like we are here in the US. The industry angle makes this surely the largest single multi-vendor Tenkara event in the world – period. The Japanese companies don’t get together like this. Tenkara Jam is bringing together nearly a dozen companies that are thriving in the infant Tenkara market.”
In the image on the left, a proud husband exalts his wife’s new found joy of fly fishing Tenkara. Guadalupe is from Argentina. She’s never fly fished before. In an hour, she landed three trout and missed two. Yes, it is easy to learn how to Tenkara fly fish.
NOTE: Featured Image was taken by Takahisa Sebata during an interview with Yuzo Sebata while he was Tenkara fly fishing in the American West.