Simplify, simplify, simplify, my mother always said. If there’s room to simplify, I’ll go for it — especially when it comes to fishing. Having grown up with a deep love for the outdoors, fishing has been a favorite pastime in my family for many generations; summer days of my adolescence were spent watching intensely for a flick of my bobber in the mountain lakes of Idaho or dropping a line on the river with my grandpa and brothers. It’s in the simple things that I found, and still find, the greatest pleasure. Fishing is an uncomplicated invitation to relax and appreciate nature in its most raw form — which is what makes tenkara so natural.


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For those who might find it intimidating to take on a new hobby like fly fishing, tenkara is a simple way to go. Originating in Japan at least 200 years ago, this traditional method is especially popular in mountain streams and fresh mountain rivers, and all it requires is a rod, a line, and a fly. And if you take a few minutes to learn the basics, you’ll be earning an opportunity to spend an entire day taking in the views as you catch a few trout. Follow these simple steps and you’ll be well on your way.


First, loop the end of the line over itself to make a loop. Then, slip the loop over the lillian and pull the line tight up against your knot. See it in action here.


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