Pretty much that is it.
I think it has hit it’s peak.
I think we may continue to grow, slowly… but the explosive growth is over, the curve is flattening and now we are at a place that there are far more new people than there are people that have been at it for a long time.
The people out there practicing tenkara and getting good at fishing have very little “experience” in their fishing, they are good because tenkara makes it easy.
I think there are some negatives to this.
I’ve quit nearly all social media forums, the experience there is not what I enjoy. Way too much non-tenkara talk, too much bending, WAY TOO MUCH MARKETING of the wrong stuff.
It’s just silly.
But that’s just what it is, I think we have seen the peak in that steep curve…
I personally like this place to come and blab with a few people that are knowledgeable. I continue to learn here and often I try to contribute.
What do you guys think?
Think the same?
Care to contribute?
It matters not to me, if tenkara continues to grow or not. It has zero bearing on why I do it or if I will continue.
It is a method that I enjoy.
For a while now.
I’m pretty sure I’ll be doing the same thing in ten years.
For me, it is amazing that all the “hardcore” tenkara anglers have picked up spinning rods and have gone to town with that. I have NOTHING against spin fishing, it just isn’t a better way to fish, it is a distraction to what I enjoy.
I see a LOT of rods for sale, used premium rods, used expensive rods.
I do like one aspect of the “now” in that all theses expensive cheap non-Japanese rod companies have competition. You have choices now! I like that.
The Japanese still rule tenkara, all non-Japanese rod companies struggle to match the quality and longevity that Japan and given to us. When I started learning about tenkara, that’s why I looked backward to the history in Japan, so that I could know where they were going in the future.
No surprise there.
Exactly as I thought.
I enjoy tenkara now just as much, if not more than I did on day one.
So much more to learn.