We’ve stayed away from the fishing scene for quite a while. Back in 2002-ish Damon caught a ginormous rainbow trout on a fly rod and after that it was like the fishing Gods thought we had our fair share. Each attempt after that just got worse and worse. But over the last couple of months we’ve revisited it and have found our kids are totally psyched about it.
All of our fishing on this trip consisted of tenkara fishing. Tenkara fly fishing started in Japan and is very popular among mountain-stream anglers there. The main difference between a tenkara rod and an ordinary fly fishing rod is that tenkara rods don’t have reels, only a rod, line and a fly. It simplifies the fishing process and makes it ideal for kids!
We used the Teton Rod from the Tenkara Rod Co. The rod itself extends to 12 feet and can telescope down to 20 inches, making it backpacker friendly. Most of the time the boys carried it as you see above and when they found a good spot they simply looped on a 13 foot line, tied on a fly and rolled it out in the water. The length of the line and the absence of the reel make casting in tight spots, like tree lined mountain streams, a piece of cake.
The headquarters of Tenkara Rod Co. are in Driggs, ID, which is surrounded by trout filled rivers and streams and has the towering Tetons as it’s backdrop, hence the name of the rod. You can get set up with the Teton package, including everything you need to start for $159. When you compare that to other fly fishing rods you’ll see it’s a killer deal. When birthdays or Christmas roll around I’d rather buy this for my son than the latest technology craze. Afterall what’s that old proverb, give a boy a fish and you feed him for a day, teach that boy to fish and you don’t have to cook dinner anymore? I like the sound of that.
Only two of us came home without a catch after those 3 dreamy days. I’d say that’s a success! You’ll see in the video that the fishing Gods were kind to Damon once more, just enough to keep him humble.
Next week we’ll have more info. for you about the pack goat experience. But I can tell you right now, it’s a game changer! We’ve been spoiled with light loads and I don’t know if I can ever go back! See ya soon.
*Tenkara Rod Co. provided Nature For Kids with the Teton rod package.
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