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Another Tenkara angler’s

Another Tenkara angler’s
We receive a lot of good emails from clients, but have always kept them to ourselves. Yesterday I set up the precedent of asking for permission to post a new tenkara angler’s first experience with tenkara. Today we received another email from a different angler, highlighting his first experience with the method. Both reports have some great points in them, so I thought they would be worth sharing with you, and asked them for permission to post. I think it is one thing to hear from us what we think about tenkara, but an entirely different thing to hear a spontaneously written note from a fellow angler. Here’s what Mr. Balch had to share:


Just a note from an excited senior fly fisherman. I have been Western fly fishing for 30 plus years and my wife and son also fly fish. I can’t be more pleased with becoming a new Tenkara trout fisherman. I received my Iwana 12 ft rod on last week and Sunday Jan 20th, 2013 I went out for the first time. Here in NC the winter conditions are challenging but still are available. 40 degrees but sunny, just after 3 major rainstorms, high water levels and stained. I just wanted to try my new Tenkara equipment. Expectations were to just learn to cast. Two hours later 4 fish and many laughs and giggles. Great for January!!!

I wanted to share something that I have not seen mentioned anywhere, I might have missed it. Being 67 years old and still in good shape, I certainly don’t have the balance on the stream that I once had. With Tenkara a major joy is that with my free hand I can hold and use my wading staff all the time while casting and moving in the stream. This makes fishing more relaxing and my concentration level rises to the occasion.

I am a Community and Parent Educator and present to many different groups on topics addressing children challenged by Learning Related Vision Problems. It was evident that I was the only Tenkara fisherman on the river Sunday so I was able to speak with numerous other fisherman on the river. It was a natural for me to show my passion in words, especially while catching fish while no one else was, and respond when asked how long have you been using the Tenkara rod. My response was 1 1/2 hours!!! Smiles all around. Made me feel like an instructor and guide because I knew more than my audience. More smiles!!!

By the way your customer service department is fantastic. You should provide training seminars for other businesses that fall way short of your attention to client satisfaction.

I hope to run into you at the NC show in February on the 9th and 19th and thank you in person. I am already thinking about the ITO as my next purchase. The only problem is there will be a battle for the Iwana rod between my wife and son.

Thanks again,

Doc Balch