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Midwest Tenkara Fest 2016 was an outstanding weekend for the Tenkara community. Experienced anglers and new enthusiasts from all over the country came together to enjoy presentations, meet friends, and explore one of the most extensive collections of Tenkara gear in the United States. The event also served as fundraiser for Project Healing Waters, a great charity that helps to rehabilitate injured veterans through the experience of fly fishing. Thanks to a great turn out and a bucket raffle packed with exciting prizes, Midwest Tenkara Fest raised a $2,000 donation!

We’d like to take this opportunity to acknowledge everyone who helped make this event a success. First of all, to the participants who came from as far away as California, Florida, and New York; Thank you to the experienced anglers who came to share their knowledge and visit old friends, and to the new anglers who came to learn. You are the heart and soul of the Tenkara community!

To our guest presenters – Anthony Naples, Paul Vertrees, Mark Bolson, Paul Gaskell & John Pearson, and Isaac Tait; thank you for sharing your knowledge and ideas with us. Your programs each brought a unique and valuable viewpoint to the community. Thanks to all of our vendors for putting together a Tenkara super-store!

Our gratitude goes out to those who generously donated items for the bucket raffle. Mark Bolson, Ken Jacobs (I Dream of Flies), Tenkara USA, Dale Hewitt, David Noll, Greg Bennett (Headwaters Landing Nets), Luong Tam (Tenkara Tanuki), Anthony Naples (Three Rivers Tenkara), and Mike Moline (Streamside Furled Leaders). Special thanks to Zoan Kulinski for donating the amazing Kebari Fly Collection and display cases! Finally, our sincere thanks to those who stepped up to sponsor this year’s event - TenkaraBum, Laura Beck Neilson Farmers Insurance Agency, TroutBuddy Driftless Guides, Three Rivers Tenkara, and Dragontail Tenkara. Your direct support was instrumental in helping make this year’s event visible and accessible to new anglers. Kudos! We are already looking forward to next year’s event. Plan to join us in Coon Valley, Wisconsin for Midwest Tenkara Fest 2017 on May 20-21st. See you there!

Matt Sment & Mike Lutes of Badger Tenkara

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