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Praised for its simplicity, tenkara is the traditional Japanese form of fly-fishing that uses minimum equipment consisting of a rod, a line, and a fly (no reel). This method of fishing dates back centuries in Japan, but has only recently begun to gain attention here in the US in the past decade. Tenkara can be learned by nearly every individual at almost any age, and allows anglers to focus more attention on fishing rather than equipment. It is also very enjoyable.

Dan Pierce
Instructor, Guide, and
EMDR Therapist

Meet Dan, owner and founder of Maine Tenkara Guide and the first registered Maine fishing guide to guide exclusively tenkara. Dan was introduced to the tenkara method of fly-fishing over 10 years ago and has been doing it exclusively for over 10 years primarily in the rivers and lakes of North Western Maine. He specializes in group and one on one instruction of tenkara techniques as well as on water guiding. 

"Maine is my home state, where I guide and fish the waters for beautiful native brook trout, landlocked salmon, and smallmouth bass. I am passionate about teaching tenkara, and outside of guiding, my full-time job is as a counselor at a local middle school. When people asked at fly fishing shows where they could find a guide in Maine, I saw an opportunity and jumped on it! Tenkara is great for people who are new to the sport of fly fishing because there is a quick learning curve if you have someone knowledgeable with you. I specialize in instruction for both children and adults and would look forward to sharing tenkara with you."

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