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Tenkara is the Japanese art of fixed line fly fishing. The word translates to “fishing from the skies” or “fishing from heaven,” and was developed more than 400 years ago for the mountain streams of Japan.
Using ultra portable yet delicate rods, along with beautifully tied flies and a stealthy approach, Tenkara fly fishing has rapidly grown in popularity among North Carolina’s brook trout anglers. DRO's own Landon Lipke is generally regarded as Western North Carolina’s Tenkara Expert, and he offers Tenkara fishing lessons and Tenkara fly-tying lessons through the shop.
Personalized Tenkara lessons are available year round, depending on Landon's schedule. Davidson River Outfitters also offers classroom options as well for those who want to learn Tenkara fly-tying, or try out the rods and fixed line style before hitting the river.