Tenkara “style” fly-fishing has been around for many years, but has recently enjoyed a remarkable introduction of sorts to the USA. With a rich heritage from Japanese commercial fisherman, its effectiveness on small streams and wary trout has been well documented. For many modern fly anglers, the addition of Tenkara style fishing to their skill set has brought a new perspective to the sport.
Southwest Montana is home to an amazing array of trout waters, and we’ve found that many of our fisheries are ideal for Tenkara fishing. Whether we’re fishing big waters from the boat or wade fishing a small stream, there is hardly a day on the water that Tenkara fishing is not a viable option.
Our guides spend their day on waters of all types and sizes and are well adept to teach our guests a variety of new techniques. In addition to our more traditional guided fly-fishing trips, we also offer trips that focus solely on Tenkara fly-fishing. Tenkara guided trips are much like one of our standard trips with the exception that our focus is on teaching clients the various intricacies of this simplified form of fly-fishing.
Much of our focus on these guide trips is showing experienced and novice Tenkara anglers how to expand their skill set when it comes to Tenkara fishing. These trips are typically on the larger rivers like the Yellowstone, Madison, and Gallatin Rivers, using a drift boat or raft to access different wade fishing locations. Wade-only trips are also an option, but many of our regional fisheries are best fished from a boat.
If you aren’t familiar with Tenkara fishing, be sure to check out some of our blog posts over the years as well as www.tenkarausa.com. In a nutshell, the equipment includes a telescopic graphite rod, line, and fly…there’s no reel…and that is what makes it “simplified.”
Actual techniques vary widely from upstream dry fly, indicator nymphing, and swinging soft hackles in addition to the more traditional Tenkara style which involves imparting motion to wet flies throughout a drift. Its an awesome way to learn more about the fly-fishing experience without the distractions of gear, line management, and casting strokes but we enjoy it just because it is a great way to fish our rivers.
The $550 full day rate is for 1-2 anglers and includes use of equipment, flies, beverages, and lunches. Our Bozeman fly shop is an authorized Tenkara USA dealer and we have a wide range of Tenkara gear if you prefer to purchase your own.
Please be sure to specifically request a Tenkara guided fishing experience when booking your trip and feel free to contact us to learn more about these or any of our guided fly-fishing adventures around Bozeman.