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Tenkara Angler Level Line Podcast

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Ep. 10: New Gear, Events, & A Lot of Rambling!

Tenkara Angler Level Line PodcastJul 18, 2023

Ep. 10: New Gear, Events, & A Lot of Rambling!

Ep. 10: New Gear, Events, & A Lot of Rambling!

In Episode 10 of the Tenkara Angler Level Line Podcast, Anthony and Mike chat about (semi) current events in the tenkara and fixed line fly fishing community. Topics such as new gear releases, recent gatherings, and early summer fishing outings are discussed in depth, with quite a bit of meandering (guitars, woodcarving, and hot dogs), just for good measure.

That’s right, no special guests and no pre-produced segments this time, just two friends talking about tenkara. Make sure to check the “show notes” at the end of this article for links to some fo the topics referenced. We hope you enjoy!

Show Notes & Links:

01:33 – New Product Launches

river peak Sangaku Special


Tenkara USA Fly Weight Jacket

Riverworks Rod Co. / Oni Convert Program

Tenkara Adventure Outfitters

17:11 – Recent Events (Focus on Driftless)

2023 TenkaraCamp Tennessee

2023 Oni School Recap (TenkaraTalk)

2023 Great Driftless Tenkara Campout

Five Days in the Driftless (Article)

Sunfish Woodworks

Dave’s Guitar Shop / Beanie’s Diner / Borgen’s Cafe

Anthony’s Gear: Tanuki 375 / Tenkara Rod Co. Kita 330

Mike’s Gear: Wader Gaiters / Oni Honryu 395 / DRAGONtail Kaida

43:41 – Summer Fishing

Do You Keep A Fishing Journal? (Article)

Frank Nale

Maggie Valley Fly Fishing Festival

Valley Forge National Historical Park

The Pass Lake Wet Fly (Article)

TYROAM Wading Staffs / Buggins / YGK Ultra Sight Line

Unsuspecting Minimalist (Article)

1:09:39– Tenkara Angler Housekeeping

2024 TenkaraCamp? Contact Us

Rocky Mountain National Park / Shenandoah National Park

Content Contributions / Print Magazine

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Ep. 5: White Mountains Tenkara Campout - Bill Holleran, Amanda Hoffner, & Nate Camp

Ep. 5: White Mountains Tenkara Campout - Bill Holleran, Amanda Hoffner, & Nate Camp

In Episode 5 of the Tenkara Angler Level Line Podcast, we check in with Bill HolleranAmanda Hoffner, & Nate Camp to recap the first White Mountains Tenkara Campout held June 10-12, 2022.

Hosts Mike Agneta & Matt Sment sit with Bill, Amanda, & Nate to get an update on a recent tenkara gathering in New Hampshire. With other events taking place in North Carolina and Wisconsin, this was the first organized community event to be held in New England in quite some time. Bill gives us background on his company, Red Brook Tenkara, the White Mountains, as well as the origins of the campout, while Amanda & Nate introduce themselves and discuss their tenkara histories and role in the weekend.

The meandering conversation also covers topics such as fly patterns, gear preferences, and techniques for fishing in the White Mountains, as well as hub cities, travel details, and plans for next year’s event!

Show Notes: 

01:10 – 2022’s Tenkara Event Calendar

03:45 – Intro Bill Holleran, Red Brook Tenkara

05:35 – Intro Amanda Hoffner, Lady Tenkara Bum

07:10 – Intro Nate Camp, Camp Kebari

08:44 – White Mountains Campout overview

14:55 – The “Incident” on the water

16:35 – Fly tying with Amanda & Nate

21:05 – Strike indicators & attractor flies

23:08 – Confidence flies

24:16 – Beadhead strategies

28:50 – Rod Choices & Bad Axe love

37:12 – Community & social aspect to events

40:55 – Nate’s knife hand!

41:34 – Timber & FinsNorth Country AnglerYonah Packs, Rod Raffle

50:50 – Tenkara Outlaws

52:01 – A traveler’s guide to the White Mountains

55:44 – Closing remarks

57:18 – The legend of Shyman

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Red Brook Tenkara 

Lady Tenkara Bum (Instagram) 

Camp Kebari (Etsy) 

Ledge Brewing Co. 

Timber & Fins (Instagram) 

North Country Angler 

Yonah Packs 

Bad Axe Rod 

Tenkara Angler

Jun 26, 202258:40
Ep. 4: Mike Lutes - Co Founder, Badger Tenkara

Ep. 4: Mike Lutes - Co Founder, Badger Tenkara

In Episode 4 of the Tenkara Angler Level Line Podcast, we check in with Mike Lutes to see what his post Badger Tenkara fixed-line fly fishing experiences look like today.

Mike Lutes brings a unique perspective to fixed-line fly fishing. Living in Wisconsin, he has access to many different species of fish – from the trout of the Driftless, to smallmouth of the rivers, and even the fish of a thousand casts, the muskie. In this podcast interview Mike Agneta and Matt Sment speak to Mike Lutes about his background in fly fishing, the progression toward tenkara, a top secret fishing location in Wisconsin, his gear choices and tenkara “style”, targeting machaca in Costa Rica, the origin story of Badger Tenkara, as well as some quick hit questions on favorite species, flipping guitars, conservation, natural phenomena, advice for a new tenkara angler, and hair care tips. In all, it’s a little over forty minutes of tenkara and fixed-line fun we’re certain you’ll enjoy!

Show Notes & Links:

01:40 – Intro to Mike Lutes, co-founder Badger Tenkara

02:54 – Mike’s intro to fly fishing

05:07 – The transition to tenkara & top secret water

06:55 – Mike’s local waters and species

08:17 – Trout vs. Smallmouth bass gear

09:14 – Props to Tenkara Times!

10:34 – Mike’s tenkara style & choice of flies

11:20 Chucking streamers

14:23 – MACHACA!

18:00 – Fixed line + boats

20:05 – Origin story of Badger Tenkara

26:40MWTF & the tenkara community

30:48 – Post Badger Tenkara

33:00 – Mike’s favorite species

33:54 – Flipping guitars

35:43 – Interesting natural world happening

37:50 – Bigfoot meets Tenkara Gandalf

38:51Trout Unlimited and Project Green Teen

39:38 – Advice for a novice tenkara angler

40:10 – Mike’s glorious flow

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Badger Tenkara

Tenkara Angler

Sep 11, 202041:59
Ep. 3: Dennis Vander Houwen - Tenkara Path

Ep. 3: Dennis Vander Houwen - Tenkara Path

In Episode 3 of the Tenkara Angler Level Line Podcast, Matt & Mike have the pleasure of spending time with tenkara enthusiast, philosopher, and magician (not an exaggeration), Dennis Vander Houwen.

While Dennis has previously written articles for Tenkara Angler, including “The Three Paths” and “Finding Happiness with Less,” those that have been around the tenkara scene are surely more familiar with Dennis from his always interesting blog, Tenkara Path, or perhaps the popular wooden line spools available in his Etsy shop. In this interview, we talk to Dennis about his fishing background, his favorite type of water, how the simplicity of tenkara sets the standard for his everyday life, his blogging background, experiences fishing with friends, woodworking, brook trout, art, bread baking, and bigfoot!

Show Notes & Links:

01:14 – Intro to Dennis Vander Houwen, Tenkara Path

04:44 – Meditative aspects of tenkara

09:07 – Purpose for Tenkara Path blog

10:20 – Connecting simplicity to everyday life

11:30 – Finding Happiness with Less

14:21 – Unnecessary gear, line spools, & “One Fly”

17:09 – Favorite type of water, Trip to Wyoming

21:45 – Fishing with friends… and Graham too

24:55 – Woodworking / Tenkara Path Etsy shop

31:30 – “Master of the Illusionary Arts”

35:40 – COVID opening doors

37:44 – The tenkara community

39:19 – Dennis’ favorite fish species

40:39 – Hobbies – Art, bread baking, foraging, and a patient wife

43:29 – Most impressive natural sight while fishing

44:46 – Bigfoot!… and Dennis’ son as our next guest

47:49 – Advice for new tenkara anglers

50:19 – Ways to find Dennis – Blog, Instagram, Facebook, Etsy

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Tenkara Path

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Ep. 2: Tom Davis - Teton Tenkara
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Ep. 1: Tom Bayly - Tenkara Adventure Outfitters

Ep. 1: Tom Bayly - Tenkara Adventure Outfitters

Tom Bayly from Tenkara Adventure Outfitters was kind enough to "meet" with Matt & Mike for an interview that we know you'll enjoy. In this discussion we cover Tom's personal background, his competitive archery career, and a nice mix of hunting & fishing stories. He goes on to explain his jump from tenkara angler to retailer, profiles some TAO rod models, and finally we finish up just chatting for a spell.   

Show Notes: 

01:01 - Intro to Tom Bayly, Tenkara Adventure Outfitters 

03:29 - Tom's competitive archery career 

05:45 - Atlatl - a spear throwing lever 

06:19 - Scout tenkara rod in bow quiver 

16:03 - Tom's introduction to tenkara 

17:54 - Tom's preferred gear set up 

22:22 - Tom's Tenkara Angler Interview with Bernhard Niedermair 

29:28 - The beginning of Tenkara Adventure Outfitters 

33:14 - Classic | Wisco 2 | Bad Axe | Scout | U.N.C. rods 

36:52 - Carlos Blatt U.N.C. fishing in Brazil 

39:39 - The impact of COVID-19 on business 

47:49 - "Dream" fishing destination 

51:45 - Trout Unlimited | Backcountry Hunters & Anglers 

54:45 - Tenkara Sasquatch in Nebraska? 

56:33 - Tom's final remarks  

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Tenkara Adventure Outfitters

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