Defining Any Type of Fishing

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Outdoors4life
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Defining Any Type of Fishing

Over the years of being on the site I have seen many arguments about definitions on fishing. Today I was reading an interview with a Tenkara Master. This excerpt says it best just insert any style of fishing. 

"Hence once Tenkara has left Japan, or it enters another country and culture, people who pick up a Tenkara rod there have the right and obligation to decide what Tenkara is for them. It is certainly not for me to decide."
Masami Sakakibara.

 

Here is the full answer

Masami Tenkarano-oni Sakakibara: I think Tenkara is about fishing in the beautiful mountain stream of Japan, for our beautiful native trout which inhabit them. Yet today, Tenkara seems to have spread to the US, Europe and more. I’m sure that they too have beautiful rivers and streams, with beautiful trout or other fish which inhabit them. Hence once Tenkara has left Japan, or it enters another country and culture, people who pick up a Tenkara rod there have the right and obligation to decide what Tenkara is for them. It is certainly not for me to decide.

That is not to say that we should bastardize the traditional fishing styles and still call them such. I am very good at bastardizing styles but after discussions with others, I try to not call it the traditional name. 

I just wanted to bring this beautiful answer up front. 
Most importantly is having fun while outdoors.

 

Goldenfishberg
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wow

Dang, That little excerpt gave me goose pimples. Thats some deep stuff right 'dere. Love it thanks, for sharing man. 

Ya just Can't catch um from the couch.

Susquehannock
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Defining your fishing

It took me a little while to figure out exactly what this even meant. It's just a really beautiful little piece of language.

Susquehannock

Outdoors4life
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Two years pass and not much changes

On FB there was a guy on the tenkara page blasting Matt for his writing about micro fishing and a guy got bent out fo shape about calling tenkara a fad.

I think all fishing styles are a fad in the long range looking at fishing. Even sport fishing is a fad that someday will likely be a thing of the past by the majority of humanity. I think we all go through fads to find what we truly love to do. 

 

It is all perspective!

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Tyler W
Philosophy and Fishing

Philosophy and fishing are inversely related. The worse the fisherman the better the philosopher. By my logic, fishermen worrying about the definition of tenkara are probably not catching many fish.