In 2009, Daniel Galhardo became the first person to introduce tenkara outside of Japan. After years of learning tenkara directly from Japanese masters, Daniel has put this book together to share all he has learned.
In tenkara – the book, Daniel shows just how simple fly-fishing can be. An angler picking up a tenkara rod for the first time will find this book’s concepts well laid out and intuitive. The experienced angler will appreciate the simpler approach to fly-fishing and the advanced techniques shared in the book.
Throughout the book Daniel brings the reader along a journey of learning tenkara directly from the masters in Japan as he shares information on the method’s equipment and techniques. This book is a complete guide to the techniques, gear, history and philosophy of tenkara, the Japanese method of fly-fishing. It is also a manifesto on fly-fishing simplicity.
tenkara - the book was designed to be interactive and take advantage of all the resources we have created over the years. Thorough the book readers will find QR (quick read) codes that will give access to the videos, podcast episodes and other complementary information to the chapters at hand.
The best way to keep fly-fishing simple is to learn how to rely more on technique rather than gear. This book contains that knowledge.
Worth the Wait
I’ve waiting for this book to be released for some time. I’m happy to say it was worth the wait. The illustrations are excellent and I really enjoyed Daniel’s writing style. If you were to buy only one book about Tenkara fly fishing this book is a great choice.
If you’re worried that this book is just a glamorous Tenkara USA catalog fear not. Even though this book was written by the founder of Tenkara USA, there aren’t a lot of product placement shots. In some cases, some products are flipped face down to obscure the Tenkara USA logo. This book focuses much more on technique than product.
Side note: there’s a surprising amount of Tenkara USA trivia contained in the book. Example: I’ve always wondered why Daniel uses the lower case “t" when spelling out “tenkara”. You can an explanation of that in the book.
One nitpick: I do wish the QR code “links” were hyperlinks the videos. I’m hoping that’s coming in a future update.
Bottom line: If you’re evenly slightly interested in Tenkara this book is definitely worth the price of admission.