Five Yrs. . . .
“Five Years” is the title to the opening track of David Bowie’s necessary masterpiece “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars”.
Five years now marks the amount of time I have spent rendering the topic of tenkara in images and words. During that time, Bowie has passed, although his music continues to inspire those of us still here, some of us fishing.
Manhattan saw my first use of true telescoping fishing on the fly. Exploration of the island’s fresh and salt fisheries has centered tenkara at my angling core. Rod, Line, Fly = fishing, and fish, more often than not.
The sport has drawn me across the face of New York, as well as Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Washington and Hawaii, waters fresh and salt.
It has been stated countless times in conversation that it takes ten years (or maybe 10,000 hours as in the words of Malcolm Gladwell), that it takes such long time to end up a master of some thing.
“Five Years” begins a great Bowie album.
Perhaps five years ends the beginning of an aspiring tenkara master’s journey path.
Five years ago today I began to offer my own word on tenkara, fishing, fly tying, and adventure, which I then as continue to now find to be a more than fitting, in fact necessary, natural progression of an author whose book Small Fry: The Lure of the Little, published in 2009, coincided in some ways parallel with the bright and enterprising incorporation of Tenkara USA by Daniel Galhardo.
Imagine my happiness, then, to receive in coincidence a copy of Daniel’s new authoritative tenkara book, — “The Book” – on this same 5th anniversary weekend of Tenkara Takes Manhattan.
Ebisu now, as then, appears to approve.
– rPs, Palm Sunday, 04 12 2017
Postscript: Revisit the first TTM post here: https://tenkaratakesmanhattan.com/2012/04/09/hello-world/