Tenkara is an exciting, simplified style of fly fishing.

Using collapsible, lightweight rods with no reel, the angler focuses on technique to achieve success. Since its recent introduction to America a decade ago, tenkara’s popularity has grown quickly among anglers and outdoors enthusiasts of all ages!

Midwest Tenkara Fest 2017 is the 3rd annual celebration of tenkara fly fishing held in Coon Valley on May 20th from 9:00 AM -5:00 PM and May 21st from 9:00 AM -1:00 PM. The festival is an exciting mix of vendors and presentations that offer anglers of any background plenty to enjoy!

EXPLORE!Midwest Tenkara Fest

The event will begin with a “Tenkara 101” orientation for those interested in learning the basics, then some of America’s most knowledgeable tenkara personalities will be on hand to share their experience!

• Anthony Naples (Three Rivers Tenkara) Building your Personal Tenkara Toolbox
• Matt Sment (Badger Tenkara) Practical Tactics: Improve your Tenkara
• Rob Worthing (Tenkara Guides) Inside the Mind of a Tenkara Guide
• Daniel Galhardo (Tenkara USA) Avoiding frustrations with Tenkara

• Bob Long, Jr Tenkara for Smallmouth Bass in Rivers, Creeks and Streams
• Luong Tam (Tenkara Tanuki) Western Fly fishing with Tenkara Rods


If you are looking to get a rod and gear up, this is the place to be – the Midwest Tenkara Fest offers one of the best selections of Tenkara equipment you’ll find in one place in the United States! Many of America’s top brands will be on hand to show their gear – and BONUS – we’ve got a trout stream right outside the door where you can test it out! Visit these great companies and see what they have to offer:

  • Badger Tenkara
  • Tenkara Bum
  • Dragontail Tenkara
  • Tenkara Tanuki
  • Moonlit Fly Fishing
  • Tenkara USA
  • Riverworks Tenkara
  • Three Rivers Tenkara
  • Streamside Leaders
  • Trout Buddy Guide Service


Interested in learning to tie flies, or want to tie with some new friends? Sit down and enjoy our fly tying table – We’ll have the equipment you need and knowledgeable people on hand to make it fun!


Everybody loves a raffle, especially when its full of cool Tenkara stuff!
The proceeds benefit Trout Unlimited Veterans Partnerships.


Event tickets are $30, children 15 and under are free. Price includes free Soda and coffee.
Saturday Brat Lunch is available for an additional $5.

Tickets online at www.mwtenkarafest.com or at the door with cash or credit card.
Pre-purchase and RSVP online greatly appreciated to help us plan-Thank you!


Matt Sment
6240 McKee Rd, Madison WI, 53719
(608) 218-4133