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Featured in Tenkara Angler's autumn 2018 issue

Late summer in the Okanogan is a slow dance with high country trees barely holding on to green, wishing the song won’t end but knowing soon the snow will dampen all sound save for a high-pitched whine of the north wind leaning on nude branches. As such, I spend more time sleeping on the ground, touching stone, and casting flies in September than any other time of the year––and these hallowed highlands will be some of the first claimed by the cold white so I had to prioritize our goodbyes.

I am honored to have my work featured in Tenkara Angler’s fine publication for a second time this year! Want to learn how fishing teaches me to listen? Want to go on a journey with me, uncertain and on foot?

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Brittany Raven

 
 

Featured on Trail Sisters

Many athletes tread into the high country on a mission, seeking to conquer the living environment with whom they move; this is false. The athlete can never conquer the land, it is the other way around: the land owns us and our job as spirit-athletes is to attune and to allow ourselves to be formed by forces much greater and enduring than our singular bodies.

For those of you who don’t follow along on social media, I recently had a piece featured on Trail Sisters. Check it out to learn how and why to run-fish-run. Also: the product of a recent video project I worked on with Tenkara USA is embedded in that post.

My tenkara story

My grampa first took me fishing on an alpine lake in Montana when I was about seven, I was enthralled watching trout rise from untold depths in perfectly clear water. My mom tried to get me into fly fishing on the Green River Gorge in Washington as a teenager, it didn't stick. It wasn't until I moved to the Methow Valley that I found tenkara and really got fishing. I self-studied allowing my interactions with water, wind, bugs, and fish to shape my technique on the tight side streams and turquoise high lakes.

Within that first season I found myself presenting flies to trout at some of the most remote gems in the Pasayten Wilderness and the Okanogan Highlands. In order to squeeze a quick fishing session in on these remote lakes, I began strapping my tenkara rod to my running backpack stashing the rare kept fish in a ziplock bag flopping in my pack on the way back home to add to my breakfast. When it came time to make a permanent home in the valley we chose a sweet cabin within a three minute walk of two stellar trout holes, allowing me to fish twice a day all summer long. No matter how many times I witness it, the rise still captivates me.

In partnership with the Okanogan National Forest and with the support of Tenkara USA, I now offer the first and only guided run-fish-run trips.

Run-fish-run featured by Kavu

Mixing my running practice with fishing seems so natural to me. Running makes me think like Moose; fishing makes me think like Trout. Building empathy with the natural world with whom I move is an exercise in deep listening.
— Brittany Aäe, "Run-fish-run"

Dates for 🏃🐟 🏃 have arrived

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The Tenkara rod is the perfect vehicle by which to combine mountain running and trout fishing. We will not take any fish from the waters and will only use barbless hooks to minimize our impact on the fish populations.

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