My column in today’s Roanoke Times is an ode to cane pole fishing, a classic and effective method.
There’s a new spin on that kind of fishing, and it’s called tenkara.
Tenkara, which has roots in Japan, is ultralight fly fishing with a rod, line and fly. Really, it has more similarities with cane pole fishing than not.
That’s not a slight. Simple is good.
However, when a friend posted a link to the column on his Facebook page, some tenkara aficionados took it as such. Of course, if I just spent $300 on a tenkara outfit and a guy wrote that he was fishing that way with a $10 cane pole (the B&M Black Widow, pictured here) from Walmart, I guess I might get defensive, too.
Any other cane pole fishing fans out there?