Most anglers who do any kind of reading on fly fishing will have most likely come across the term, ‘Tenkara’. Tenkara has certainly been getting some press these days as a simple but effective form of fly fishing. If you’ve ever wondered what the fuss is all about on this ‘new’ fly fishing technique, you may want to come to the BC Flyfishers May chapter meeting, this Thursday, May 21st.
Tenkara has some history. This specialized type of fly fishing was developed in Japan 200 years ago. The name, Tenkara, translates to “from heaven” or “from the skies”. Although Tenkara began in the small, high-gradient trout streams of Japan, it is gaining widespread appeal in America as a versatile, effective technique in freestone streams like the Genegantslet and Willowemoc, flat spring creeks, larger rivers as different as Saranac and the Delaware, and even in warm water and saltwater environments.
Tenkara, what? If you don’t know much about this simple but surprisingly effective technique, or even if you think you do, you will no doubt enjoy learning about its history, flies, and methods from our speaker, Bruce Pencek. Bruce will also be our pre-meeting informal tyer, and will demonstrate how to tie Tenkara style flies.
Bruce Pencek is locally ‘schooled’. Bruce lived for a number of years in the Southern Tier and has fly fished all the local rivers and streams familiar to us. He now lives in Virginia and makes an annual trip to the Catskill region to enjoy the spring hatches on the Delaware River system and local streams like the Genegantslet. At some point Bruce became enamored with the nature and simplicity of Tenkara fishing. He will explain his journey from the fly fishing we know and practice to Tenkara fly fishing.
Come and join the BC Flyfishers for this informative presentation and be sure to bring a friend. Bruce Pencek’s presentation, titled “The Art of Tenkara Fishing”, will be held at the Endicott Public Library at 7:00 pm, with an informal tying demonstration at 6:30 pm. Bruce will talk about close-in fishing with the minimalist tackle that represents Tenkara. A life member of IFFF, Bruce Pencek has been an avid Tenkara angler for four years, using fixed-line gear to take trout, panfish — and carp to 10 lbs — from his current home waters in southwestern Virginia, to southern Utah, and twice a year to his old haunts in the Southern Tier, the Catskills, and points north.