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Adventures in Tenkara (Copyright William Holleran) — Tenkara

Strange Days…Tenkara in the White Mountains During Covid

Strange Days…Tenkara in the White Mountains During Covid

RBT ONE tenkara rod“Strange days have found us. Strange days have tracked us down.” Lyrics by the Doors, Jim Morrison seem appropriate for our current state of affairs. The world is being rocked by the coronavirus pandemic and on top of that, the United States appears to be going through a major transition. All of this has created a stressful situation for most of us. Fears about our future whether it be issues of health, employment, or equality have most of us on edge. So, you can imagine how excited I was to plan...


“It’s the end of the world as we know it… and I feel fine”; Fly things to do during the covid-19 pandemic.

“It’s the end of the world as we know it… and I feel fine”; Fly things to do during the covid-19 pandemic.

The world is going through one of the greatest pandemics of our lifetime. The Covid-19 virus has spread globally, and citizens everywhere are experiencing different levels of isolation. The new buzz word is “social distancing” and is a nice way of saying to avoid everyone.

Reflections on Father's Day

Reflections on Father's Day

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Sunday was Father’s Day and not having any kids of my own I thought it would be a great day to go to one of my favorite rivers. My theory was that the usual crowds would be at home with their families celebrating around the grill. I got a late start Sunday morning, it’s a long story, let’s just say having three dogs can sometimes lead to a rough night’s sleep. I left the house around 9am and drove the hour and a half to the river. My theory proved...


New Year's Day

New Year's Day

After surviving the holidays I decided to get out there and fish on New Year’s Day. The weather was about twenty degrees above normal at a balmy fifty degrees. Truth be told I had some time and probably would have headed to the river if it was only thirty degrees as well.

I took my time getting ready on Tuesday morning, no need to rush this time of year. After a quick breakfast, I decided to head to one of my favorite rivers which are loaded with trout but also very challenging to actually land fish.

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Swift River Tenkara

Swift River Tenkara

I took Friday off of work, ran a quick errand and headed to the Swift River in central MA. It’s been extremely hot and humid during the second half of summer and I needed to get to cooler water and some good size fish.  It was a cloudy morning in the high 70’s and there were threats of a possible thunderstorm. I got to the river around 10:30 AM which was later than I hoped but some things can’t be helped. When I arrived, the small lot was pretty full so I decided to park across the street.

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