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Paul Vertrees Presents: Tenkara Tactics for the Front Range

Posted by allynkratz on February 13, 2016 in Uncategorized

Paul Vertrees, VP for Public Relations and Product Development for Zen Fly Fishing Gear will be presenting: “Fishing with Tenkara” at the March 22 CMCTU Membership Meeting. Join us for Pizza and soft drinks at 6:30pm, meeting @ 7:00pm at the CPW meeting room 4255 Sinton Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80907.

Paul Vertrees guiding

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 thirty years, and in 2009 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 certified professional tenkara guides in the state of Colorado, and is employed as a guide at Royal Gorge Anglers in Canon City. He also recently joined the team at Zen Fly Fishing Gear as Vice President, Public Relations/Product Design. His writing and photographs have appeared online on his personal blog, Tenkara Tracks, with guest articles for Tenkara USA, on Colorado Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, in Backcountry Journal, and most recently in the book Tenkara Fly Fishing: Insights and Strategies, published in April 2013, to which Paul was a contributing writer/angler.  He has also provided tenkara presentations and demos for Backcountry Hunters and Anglers’ national rendezvous, on behalf of Zen Fly Fishing Gear at the 2015 Tenkara Winter Series, as well as tenkara presentations at The Fly Fishing Show in Denver.  Paul lives with his wife and three daughters on the banks of the Arkansas River, in Cañon City, Colorado.

Tenkara Winter Poster

Tenkara Winter Event March 12th

Paul also guides for Royal Gore Anglers in Canon City. He stated:

Taylor and I put together several exciting new tenkara trip offerings for RGA, and we’re pleased to be making them public now.  Guiding tenkara trips in the canyons of southern Colorado that I know so well, for my hometown fly shop, in the company of good friends and neighbors is a wholesomely satisfying feeling.


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