|Chris Stewart the "Tenkara Bum"|
Well the long wait is over....I was able to secure a free day on the social calendar and head to Somerset, NJ for the annual Fly Fishing Show. Being primarily a tenkara angler my primary interest was meeting up with some fellow tenkara anglers and talk shop. In addition, I am ever on the lookout for new fly tying materials and was hoping to get some standard materials as well as some unique items. I have been looking forward to doing something fishing related for some time now and this trip was just what the doctor ordered. My first stop was at Chris Stewart's ("Tenkara Bum") booth to drop off some flies and pick up a new rod for backpacking purposes. I have had my eye on the Shimano Kozuka 27NT that Chris offers for a while now so I purchased one. My only problem with it is I have to wait a couple of months to give it a good try out on the water. After conversing with him and his friend Allan for a while I decided to wander around.
One of my favorite sets of booths to visit are the booths with all of the very talented fly tiers such as Don Bastian and Sharon E. Wright. I find it hard to take my eyes off their flies. Though there were many other great tiers at the fly fishing show I enjoy their flies the most.....maybe because their heritage flies serve as connection to the past of this great sport we all share in.
|Daniel Galhardo giving a tenkara casting demonstration|
|Tenkara USA rod bag|