Exploring, long hikes, new water. Often fishing creeks no one else fishes. I seldom see other fishermen.
I think wanderlust is the best word to define what I do.
When it comes to how I fish, I try to work with nature rather than against it. I never weight my flies, it’s the current that helps me reach depth. If the conditions are windy I re-position myself rather than using a heavier line.
Adapting your behaviour rather than your gear minimizes the weight of your backpack on hikes, and helps get you in tune with what’s going on around you.
Sometimes that philosophy might give me less fish, I’m no ‘master’, but that’s fine, I won’t starve.
I also like to tie flies by the riverbank, sometimes using only feathers I find on the hike. For this I have to leave my fly box at home and only bring hook and thread.
I am more of a user of tenkara tools than a tenkara fisher.
To be truthful I am not sure if I fish tenkara. I use kebari forms but also use tons of “western” flies.
Most of the water I fish is not mountain water but tailwater.
By definition, I am not sure what to call what I do…other than safely calling it fishing.
I fished recently with a buddy of mine who is better versed in Tenkara.
He has made a few trips and fished tenkara in Japan. He religiously hones and tunes his style to what he learns and studies.
Comparatively I know nothing of tenkara or technique. I do not feel bad about this, and I pick up what I can.
My motivation in fishing, no matter the discipline it just to have fun. Its not about fish counts, or refining technique. I am not burdened by these things, and will improve on them at a slower more natural pace. I am open to taking what the river/ocean will give me. I do pretty well with this philosophy.
Fishing no matter the discipline, is first about my contact with nature followed by my need to fulfill my drive to hunt. Trout fishing rounds out my year. I fish the ocean half the year and the river the other half.
Tenkara itself is a mystery to me. Seems like the definition has gone through several re-writes for us in the states. I suspect that it will continue. The track record has me doubting that the current word is final. Like everything it probably has a layering like an onion. Lets revisit all this in a decade, and have a laugh about how far off the truth we all were.