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Tenkara Colorado Weekend Getaway

The RIGS Tenkara Colorado Weekend Getaway gives you a head start on the summer and tune up your Tenkara skill with a weekends worth of valuable Tenkara information and techniques plus quality “on the water” time with leading Tenkara guides in Colorado. Experience beautiful Ridgway Colorado and the Uncompahgre River during an amazing time of year. Less people, temperate climate and the option to fish tail waters and headwaters. April 25th-27th 2014

Backcountry tenkara fly fishing

Backcountry tenkara fly fishing

Is This Trip For You?

RIGS Fly Shop is proud to be Colorado’s Tenkara USA Authority. We are the FIRST Colorado Tenkara Fly Rod Dealer with Tenkara Guide Network Certified Guides. Tenkara is the traditional Japanese method of fly-fishing, which uses only a rod (no reel), line and fly – Simple, yet extremely effective. Tenkara is a category of fly-fishing particularly well-suited for mountain stream fly fishing and is a great introduction to fly fishing.Ready to book?

Ability:
All abilities welcome. Like any river walk wade fishing, there is some walking and hiking ability needed.

The basic concept:

Some of the main advantages are its simplicity, the very delicate presentations with the light line, the ability to hold the line off the water and a fly in place over difficult currents, precise casting, and great control of the fly. Only rod, line and fly are used. The line is attached directly to the tip of the rod, tippet is attached to the end of the Tenkara line.  As in western fly-fishing the line propels the weightless fly to the desired target and there is a fly-casting technique involved – just a bit slower, and with a shorter casting stroke. Landing a fish is very intuitive and similar to any type of fishing with a rod: one simply raises the rod high, and reaches for the fish. Tenkara is an ancient angling method, new in the US. While its own style of fly fishing, it is a great tool for the techniques of close-up nymphing, soft-hackle wet fly-fishing and virtually drag-free dry fly fishing. It’s also a great way to get kids engaged in the tradition of fly-fishing, to catch your own food while backpacking, or to simply enjoy the fishing experience.
RIGS Fly Shop is proud to be Colorado’s tenkara authority. We are the FIRST Colorado TenkaraUSA Fly Rod Dealer with TenkaraUSA Guide Network Certified Guides. Tenkara is the traditional Japanese method of fly-fishing, which uses only a rod (no reel), line and fly – Simple, yet extremely effective. Tenkara is a category of fly-fishing particularly well-suited for mountain stream fly fishing and is a great introduction to fly fishing.

Instructors:

Paul Vertrees—Lead Tenkara Guide
Tim Patterson—Owner, RIGS Fly Shop
Matt McCannel—RIGS Head Guide

Paul Vertrees - Tenkara Catch

Paul Vertrees – Tenkara Catch

 

Itinerary: April 25-27 2014

Friday— 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Meet and Greet in Downtown Ridgway Colorado at RIGS Fly Shop (appetizers and drinks)
Meet your guides and other participants. Get settled in your hotel; we can help make suggestions for great lodges and resturants in the area.

Saturday8:00am – 4:30pm
Morning: 8 am Tenkara History, gear, casting and great places to Tenkara fish throughout Colorado. (Coffee and Pastries)
Afternoon: Casting practice and on the water fishing on the best river of the day. (Boxed Lunch)

Sunday— 8:00am – 12:00 noon
Enjoy a Half Day Guided Tenkara Trip on local waters with either Paul Vertrees, Tim Patterson or Matt McCannel. We will depart the fly shop at 8:00am for the best river that day and break up into small groups so you get some individual attention to hone your technique and apply all the information you have learned on Saturday.

Matt McCannel Tenkara Fly fishing Pa Co Chu Puk

Matt McCannel Tenkara Fly fishing Pa Co Chu Puk

Listed below are some basic essentials for your guided fishing trip.
Fly Fishing Essentials:

  • Tenkara Rod  *Included in casting lessons and on the water 1/2 day guided trip.
  • Waders and Boots- (if you would like to rent these, please contact us several days prior to the trip so we can reserve you rentals.)
  • Flies – *Included in 1/2 day guided trip
  • Be prepared for extremes in weather conditions; anything from snow to sun can be expected.
  • Polarized sun glasses (recommended)
  • Please note: you can purchase or rent any of these items at our fly shop upon arrival.