Paul Vertrees (Tenkara Fly Fishing)

A fifth-generation native Coloradan, Paul grew up in the shadow of the Mt. Evans Wilderness, in Colorado’s Front Range. From an early age, he started exploring remote backcountry and chasing trout. Paul has been fly fishing for over twenty years, and a few years ago he embraced Tenkara, the traditional Japanese method of fly fishing.  He has extensive experience in lightweight backpacking and backcountry angling on remote streams and high lakes.  In 2012, Paul became one of only a handful of certified professional Tenkara guides in the state of Colorado.  His writing and photographs have appeared online on his personal blog, Tenkara Tracks, with guest articles on Tenkara USA, on Colorado Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, in Backcountry Journal, and most recently in the book Tenkara Fly Fishing: Insights and Strategies, published in April 2013, to which Paul was a contributing writer/angler.  He has also provided Tenkara presentations and demos for Backcountry Hunters and Anglers’ national rendezvous.  Paul lives with his wife and three daughters in the rugged hills northwest of Cañon City, Colorado, within a stone’s throw of the Arkansas River.