Backcountry Tenkara Fishing is an online course that will help you save weight and complexity while fishing in the backcountry. Learn about the gear, skills, and tactics that will help you master the art of tenkara fishing.
About this Course
The Backcountry Tenkara Masterclass is an authoritative and comprehensive program for mastering the art of tenkara fishing. This course offers a complete overview of the gear, skills, and tactics necessary for success, and is tailored to both novice and seasoned anglers.
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Backcountry Tenkara covers a wide range of topics, including rigging, casting mechanics, and the nuances of alpine lake and mountain stream fishing. With special attention paid to casting in the wind and long line tenkara fishing, participants will develop a deep understanding of the techniques necessary for a successful backcountry fishing experience.
Backcountry Tenkara includes a wealth of curated knowledge, based on years of personal experience and professional tenkara guiding and instruction, to provide you with comprehensive and practical tenkara fishing education specifically targeted to hikers, backpackers, and other backcountry users. We’ve designed the course with both theoretical concepts and practical applications in mind, ensuring that you’ll be able to immediately apply what you learn to your next fishing excursion.
Join us now and discover the joys of tenkara fishing in the backcountry, as you explore some of the most beautiful and remote locations in the world with confidence and skill!
Total Video Content (currently): 5+ hours!
Enrollment in this course gives you access to all new and updated content added to the course over time.
In addition to the currently published course content (see Curriculum on this page), the following modules are currently in development and will be released next:
Troubleshooting Casting Issues
Techniques for Manipulating the Fly
Fish On! Hook Set, Landing, and Releasing
Humanely Killing, Cleaning, and Cooking Trout in the Backcountry (Can Tenkara Fishing Save You Food Weight?)
An Overview of Backcountry Tenkara: Tenkara Fishing as a Twelve-Step Process
Introduction to Tenkara (Your First Cast)
Tenkara Gear Overview
Rigging Part 1: Gear
Rigging Part 2: Methods
Stealth: The Practice of Staying Invisible to Fish
Tenkara Casting Mechanics
Types of Tenkara Casts
Advanced Casting Sequences
Integrating the Approach, the Cast, and Managing Drift
Case Study: Tenkara Fishing on a Tiny Tumbling Mountain Stream
Case Study: Tenkara Fishing on an Alpine Lake with Wind and Shoreline Trees
Addendum: Repairing a Tenkara Zoom Rod
Tenkara Speaker Series No. 1: TJ Ferreira and John Geer
Ryan was the first licensed and certified tenkara fishing guide in the United States (licensed by the Montana Board of Outfitters and certified by Tenkara USA). Since then, Ryan has guided and instructed new and seasoned tenkara anglers from all over the world and has developed unique perspectives on educating clients about how to land steelhead and large trout on tenkara, creating advanced casting sequences, and introducing tenkara to children and other new anglers.
Ryan founded Backpacking Light more than 20 years ago with the simple mission of providing high-quality education to hikers to help them make informed decisions about buying outdoor gear and to help them become experts themselves about lightweight backpacking. Ryan’s personal backpacking passion focuses on traveling long distances without resupply, inclement conditions and winter backpacking, and off-trail mountain routes. Ryan holds engineering degrees from Washington State (B.S. and M.S.) and Montana State (Ph.D.) Universities and has spent his entire career focusing on online and live outdoor guiding, education, and equipment systems design. Ryan has developed and delivered outdoor education programs to the US Department of Defense, National Outdoor Leadership School, Boy Scouts of America, American Red Cross, Federal Emergency Management Agency, search and rescue organizations, university outdoor programs, and others for the purpose of disseminating authoritative and accurate information about wilderness travel. Ryan resides in Estes Park, Colorado with his wife Stephanie and son Chase.
"I know not even half way through this masterclass but am learning so much I am ABSOLUTELY impressed! / Incredible course!"
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"Great class, I'm learning a lot."
Enjoy catching fish on your next backcountry adventure!
Master the gear, skills, and practice of tenkara fly fishing - the simplest, lightest, most effective way to catch fish in the backcountry.