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Learn to Japanese Fly Fish – Tenkara


Bruce Maher


Date & Time: July 17 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Class Fee: $50

Materials Fee: $20
Covers cost of materials for this class. Bring and pay directly to instructor.

Skill Level: No experience needed

Tenkara fly fishing (Japanese “from heaven” or “from the skies”) is an easy-to-learn, simple fly fishing technique that makes fly fishing accessible and fun for all who try it.  The technique was originally developed by commercial fishermen in the mountain streams of Japan about 200 years ago who were focused on catching fish in order to make a living.  Tenkara is becoming a popular method of fishing in the US and is especially effective and fun on streams in western Wisconsin and southern Minnesota.

An avid fisherman who loves teaching, Bruce will guide students in mastering the Tenkara approach while he shares stories about the history of the area as well as of the Japanese technique.  Whether someone is interested to learn fly fishing for the first time, or a seasoned angler looking to try out Tenkara, this class is for you.

Please Note: The class will meet at a location on the Kinnickinnic River, near Rivers Falls, WI.  Exact location with driving and parking instructions to be provided the week of class, when the water level of the river is better known.  In case of rain, an alternative date may be provided.

Intergenerational:  Anglers aged 12 and above are welcome but all students younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult for the entire class.  If interested in bringing a young friend, register as the adult, then note name and age of child in the ‘Order Notes’ section.  The cost of the child is covered by this intergenerational registration, but two ‘material fees’ will need to be paid, to cover the cost of the rod rental and tackle.

Students to bring:

  • Valid WI fishing license (day or season available in River Falls)

General Age Policy:
All classes are for adults (18+) unless otherwise noted.

Class Minimums:
Be aware we may cancel 5 days before class date if a minimum number of registrations not reached. We work to balance teachers' need to plan for a class with students' busy schedules -- not an easy task. Please register as early as possible!

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