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April 2, 2013 Ashley's Blog, Videos 4 Comments

Backpacking and tenkara go together like fish bones and sake (mmmm…kotsuzake), but there are not enough videos that document the experience of doing the two activities together. This is probably because it is a lot easier to make a video a few hundred feet from your car than a few miles from your car. As I well know, carrying camera gear gets old really fast.

Working on the tenkara movie on the shore of the Madison River, during an overnight backpacking trip with Ryan Jordan and Daniel Galhardo. Much equipment was carried in -- and carried out during a blizzard. Ugh.

Working on the tenkara movie on the shore of the Madison River in 2011, during an overnight backpacking trip with Ryan Jordan and Daniel Galhardo. Much equipment was carried in -- and carried out during a blizzard. Ugh.

But Daniel Galhardo of Tenkara USA recently strapped on the tripod and documented a 3-day pack trip in Colorado. We were excited to see some of our favorite things in this short video: a beautiful stream, trout cooking on “fish sticks,” and a phenomenon perhaps unique to tenkara backpackers — fishing with your pack on, while hiking, because you can. If there’s a stream along the trail, why wait until you arrive at the destination to fish? (Conventional flyfishers’ answer: Because there’s just way too much gear to set up and break down all the time.)

Thanks to Daniel for taking the trouble to shoot some video while fishing what looks like a perfect tenkara stream.

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