Tenkara fly fishing and lightweight backpacking in the Mountain West
Friday, June 1, 2012
The Heart and Soul of Tenkara in Colorado
Over the Memorial Day weekend I was fortunate enough to spend three days hanging out at RIGS Fly Shop and Guide Service in Ridgway. I had a chance to meet Tim Patterson, owner of RIGS, and Matt McCannel, RIGS head fly guide. We will be offering guided tenkara trips for the first time ever in Colorado, and Tim, Matt, and I are the first three certified tenkara guides in the state. These are exciting times for tenkara in Colorado! We were joined by Daniel Galhardo, founder of Tenkara USA, and the one man responsible for bringing tenkara to the west in modern times. We were able to take Daniel and his wife out to a tiny stream and really show them the beauty of southwestern Colorado. I brought along my good friend, Eric Lynn, owner of Mountain Ridge Gear, and the group had a simply fantastic time! For more info on guided tenkara trips in the southwestern Colorado Rockies, visit us at RIGS Fly Shop and Guide Service!
Eric Lynn, Matt McCannel, Me, Tim Patterson, Daniel Galhardo.
(Photo courtesy of Daniel Galhardo)