April 2017 Formal Monthly Meeting
Guest Speaker Matt Sment of Badger Tenkara
Matt Sment served as a US Army Paratrooper, and is a graduate of the North Carolina Outward Bound Outdoor Leadership program. As co-owner of Badger Tenkara, he has been guiding and instructing Tenkara anglers for over 3 years.
Tenkara is a simple style of fly fishing that is steadily gaining popularity with American anglers. Unlike more familiar fly fishing equipment, Tenkara rods are longer and do not utilize reels to manage line. Instead, the line is attached directly to the tip of the rod, which allows for precise casting and drifts that are virtually drag-free.
While originally developed in Japan by commercial fisherman for trout fishing on high gradient mountain streams, it is easily adapted to a wide variety of species and environments. Tenkara is exceptionally well suited to fishing Driftless streams, and is also a great tool for catching bass and panfish.
Our presentation will examine the origins of the style and discuss the unique characteristics of Tenkara equipment. We will detail rods, lines, and flies that are commonly used by Tenkara anglers. Additionally, we will discuss how and why Tenkara is an extremely personalized style, and how that translates into a great fishing experience!