After two amazing weeks filming and fishing with some of the best tenkara anglers in the world, I finally have a chance to sit down and write a little about the Summit! On Friday morning, we started off with some “Montana Benedict,” with homemade hollandaise sauce and elk roast instead of canadian bacon. Delicious! Around noon, we started our drive down to West Yellowstone. With Dr. Ishigaki, Daniel Galhardo and Chris Stewart in our caravan group, we stopped to fish the Gallatin a few times. Unfortunately, the weather didn’t want to cooperate and we started to see some lightning strikes.
Carbon rod extended into the sky + lightning = …..Bad idea?
Luckily, we did get some great fishing in beforehand and sensei caught some nice trout.
The first ever Tenkara Summit was a huge success, with over 100 attendees. During the morning, we heard from some very influential speakers, including Daniel Galharo, Dr. Ishigaki, Chris “TenkaraBum” Stewart, Ryan Jordan of Backpacking Light, Tom Sadler of Tenkara Guide Daily and Craig Mathews, owner of Blue Ribbon Flies down in West Yellowstone.
- After these great presentations and a panel discussion led by Brian Flemming, the troops relocated to the Madison River in Yellowstone National Park for a river demonstration by Dr. Ishigaki. Sensei spent a couple hours with Daniel fishing the Madison and giving personal lessons to onlookers. I’m trying to sort through the mass amounts of photos from the weekend, but here are some more to tide you over!
- I feel so lucky to have met so many great people in the tenkara community. As a beginner, I am so grateful for the opportunities I’ve had to learn from these tenkara leaders! Can’t wait for the next tenkara summit!