Backcountry Tenkara:  Pools, Pockets, and Edges

A fifth-generation native Coloradan, Paul grew up in the shadow of the Mt. Evans Wilderness, in Colorado’s Front Range. From an early age, he started exploring remote backcountry and chasing trout. Paul has been fly fishing for over twenty-five years, and a few years ago he embraced tenkara, the traditional Japanese method of fly fishing.  He has extensive experience in lightweight backpacking and backcountry angling on remote streams and high lakes.  In 2012, Paul became one of only a handful of professional tenkara guides in the state of Colorado, and is employed by RIGS Fly Shop and Guide Service as their lead tenkara guide.  His writing and photographs have appeared online on his personal blog, Tenkara Tracks, with guest articles in Tenkara USA, in Colorado Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, in Backcountry Journal, and most recently in the book, Tenkara Fly Fishing: Insights and Strategies as a contributing writer/angler, published in April 2013.  He has also provided tenkara presentations and demos for Backcountry Hunters and Anglers’ national rendezvous and at the Fly Fishing Show in Denver.  Paul is an active member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America, Trout Unlimited, and Backcountry Hunters and Anglers.  He lives with his wife and three daughters in Cañon City, Colorado.