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Tenkara Guides

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 way to get introduced to fly fishing.

BOOK A TENKARA GUIDE TRIP: 1/2 Day Trips, Full-Day Trips, and 2-Day or 3-Day Backcountry Overnighters

Full Day - TENKARA Fly Fishing - TENKARA Guide Network (Guides Choice)

Fly fishing simplified. Tenkara fly fishing is the hottest trend in fly fishing and RIGS offers has the only Certified Tenkara Network Guides in Colorado! With its simplified approach (no reel, just rod and line) long rods and ultra-accurate presentation, even first timers can catch fish on the fly. An incredibly intuitive approach that puts you in direct contact with fly and stream. Join one of our certified Tenkara Guides for hands on instruction in the latest trend in fly fishing...

½ Day - TENKARA Fly Fishing - TENKARA Guide Network (Guides Choice)

Fly fishing simplified. Tenkara fly fishing is the hottest trend in fly fishing and RIGS offers has the only Certified Tenkara Network Guides in Colorado! With its simplified approach (no reel, just rod and line) long rods and ultra-accurate presentation, even first timers can catch fish on the fly. An incredibly intuitive approach that puts you in direct contact with fly and stream. Join one of our certified Tenkara Guides for hands on instruction in the latest trend in fly fishing...

Tenkara Weekend Getaway

Tenkara Weekend 3 nights/2 days . Colorado

A late summer/early fall tenkara weekend getaway with a focus on backcountry water!  Let us show you tenkara basics, with instruction on gear and techniques, while emphasizing the use of tenkara on wild streams.  We have the top tenkara guides in Colorado, who will share some of the most stunning Rocky Mountain scenery and tenkara-perfect water available anywhere. Experience beautiful Ridgway Colorado and the Cimarron Forks and San Miguel Rivers during an amazing time of year. Less people, temperate climate and tenkara off the beaten path! Instructors: Paul Vertrees—Lead Tenkara Guide Tim Patterson—Owner, RIGS Fly Shop Matt McCannel—RIGS Head Guide This is an amazing opportunity to experience Tenkara with experienced guides in pristine southwest Colorado.

Itinerary

Day 1 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 restaurants in the area. Day 2 Saturday— 8:00am - 4:30pm Morning: Meet at the fly shop for coffee and pastries.  Load up and travel over scenic Owl Creek Pass (well-known as one of the most scenic drives in Colorado) to the base of the Cimarron Forks in the stunning spires, exposed ridges, and deep canyons of the Cimarron Range.  Introduction to tenkara rods, lines, fly patterns, and basic tenkara casting and techniques.  Small groups will spend the remainder of the day fishing with RIGS tenkara guides on the three forks (West, Middle, and East Forks) of the Cimarron River.  Return to Ridgway for a restful evening in town. (Boxed Lunch) BONUS:  Our lead tenkara guide will hang out Saturday evening at the shop for a little fly tying demo and get-together! Day 3 Sunday— 8:00am to 12:00 noon Enjoy a half-day guided tenkara trip on the wild San Miguel River with either Paul Vertrees, Tim Patterson or Matt McCannel. We will depart the fly shop at 8:00 am and make the short trip to the stunning red rocks of the San Miguel Canyon. Break up into small groups so you get some individual attention to hone your technique and apply all the information and experience you learned on Saturday.  The San Miguel offers endless runs, pocket water, and edges...all perfectly suited for tenkara at this time of year!  We will return to the fly shop in Ridgway mid-day.

2 Day Guided Fly Fishing Cimarron Wilderness

High country fishing at its best! With their headwaters protected in the Uncompahgre Wilderness, the three different forks of the Cimarron River offer endless fishing for rainbow, cutthroat and brook trout in the heart of the San Juan Mountains.  With a 2 day guided fly fishing trip to the Cimarron river wilderness, “You’ll be amazed by the diversity of landscape, from alpine tundra to majestic spires, pinnacles and castles blocking the sun to dark, green forests carpeting steep mountains. And water, water everywhere” (Author, Fly Fishing Southwest Colorado - Mark D. Williams).

3 Day - Overnight – Cimarron River High Country & Lake Fork of Gunnison River

High alpine fishing at its best! With their headwaters protected in the Big Blue Wilderness, the three different forks of the Cimarron River offer endless fishing for rainbow, cutthroat and brook trout in the heart of the San Juan Mountains. “You’ll be amazed by the diversity of landscape, from alpine tundra to majestic spires, pinnacles and castles blocking the sun to dark, green forests carpeting steep mountains. And water, water everywhere.” DAY ONE: Meet and greet at Fly Shop 15 minutes prior to departure – Travel through the incredible scenery over Owl Creek Pass to the Big Blue Wilderness and the three Forks of the Cimarron & Big Cimarron River - Arrive at base camp, gear up and fish the exciting waters right near camp – Enjoy a delicious riverside lunch - Immerse yourself in the outstanding scenery and secluded angling opportunities for the remainder of the day – Relax at camp over Sunset, eat a great meal and tell the days best fish stories! DAY TWO: Wake to the sounds of the river – Rustic hot breakfast – Gear up and head out for a adventurous morning of fly fishing – Riverside Lunch – Fish the afternoon exploring miles of river access with deep runs and hidden pools – Wrap up your day and head back to civilization...

Choose from our ½ Day Tenkara, Full-Day Tenkara and 2-Day or 3-Day High Country Tenkara trips (guides choice waters) on premiere rivers in the region ideal for the Tenkara technique. Order Online 24/7 at our NEW secure Online Store, the complete Tenkara USA line of products. Check out our: Colorado Tenkara Guide BLOG, or our Facebook Page to join the community of the fastest growing segment in fly fishing!

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.

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Our TENKARA Fly Fishing Guide Trip Rates include the following: Tenkara rod & lines, flies and tackle, riverside lunch & non-alcoholic beverages on full day trips, wader & boot rental gear is available separately.  Waders & boots $25, wading boots & neoprene socks $20 *TENKARA rods, lines & accessories, plus any additional trip needs, can be purchased prior to your trip at our Full Service Fly Shop or at our Online Store. Located within one hour of Telluride, Ouray, and Montrose Colorado. Directions to Fly Shop. Check out the complete list of all of our TENKARA Guided Fly Fishing Trip locations by viewing our Guided Fly Fishing Page (Tenkara Trips are booked as “Guides Choice”, all locations available upon request).