The relaxation and meditative merits of fly fishing have long been held high by many an enlightened outdoorsman. Of course the goal is landing a big one worthy of a fish tale at the end of the day, but for most the joy lies in the chase. Gearing up for the sport, however, is not always a carefree experience, with rods, reels and a litany of apparel adding up quickly. Luckily, Salt Lake City-based Causwell offers a simple tenkara-style rod that fosters the ultimate purity of fly fishing. It’s simply you, the river, the rod and the line—and hopefully a few fish. For novices and experts alike, the tenkara method (in Japanese literally meaning “of the sky”) presents a fresh perspective on the age-old practice of putting a hook in the water in hopes of a few bites.
The carbon fiber rod telescopes from 20” to 8′ with ease and weighs in at just 68 grams. Without a reel, the tenkara method works exceptionally well in tight mountain streams where casting leaves your fly in the trees rather than on the water. Causwell is known mostly for its technical winter outerwear, but for founder Mike Schneider the transition to fly fishing was natural. “After spending countless cold days in ski boots each season, the last thing we want to do in the summer months is talk about snow,” Schneider tells CH. “Each of us grew up chasing fish on the rivers in and around Utah, so collectively we decided to steer the Causwell brand ‘up stream’ so to speak and start producing fly fishing and Tenkara products alongside our general mountain goods like the Missoula Pants.”
Pick up the Tenkara Rod from Causwell for just $100 alongside the rest of their line of casual fly fishing gear and accessories. For junior anglers, Causwell offers the Mini Tenkara at half the size and half the price.
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