Tenkara Guides


Discover Tenkara guides Paul Gaskell and John Pearson are the recognised authorities on Japanese tenkara techniques in the UK. 

John and Paul maintain continual contact with elite Japanese anglers on top of their existing top-level European fly fishing teaching and practice. Along with annual research trips to Japan, this combination results in an unmatched resource for learning authentic and effective on-stream skills through one-to-one and group tuition. No other western guides have attained a comparable level of understanding or achievement of tenkara and they are the only guides to have been formally approved by both Masami Sakakibara and Dr. Hisao Ishigaki.

Enquiries for one-to-one tuition are handled by John via email at jp@discovertenkara.co.uk

Group Tuition Day enquiries will be answered by Paul on pg@discovertenkara.co.uk

The professionals listed below all have extensive experience in guiding, teaching, practicing and demonstrating river fly fishing in Europe – and also offer quality tuition on fishing western tactics using tenkara tackle. 


Tenkara Centre Endorsed Guides

John Pearson

In addition to having over 30 years of fly fishing experience, John Pearson is the UK’s only full-time tenkara guide to have studied tenkara in Japan and has a firsthand knowledge of tenkara methods and culture that is unparalleled beyond the Discover Tenkara stable. In addition to authentic Japanese tenkara methods John can also help you combine the best of western style techniques with your tenkara tackle. Based around the Peak District and South Yorkshire, guided fishing trips and tuition can be tailored to your specific requirements. Whether you're a seasoned fly fisher or a complete beginner you can rely on John for the best authentic tenkara experience.

For more information or to make a booking contact Team Oni Approved Guide
John Pearson

Contact Details:
Email: jp@discovertenkara.co.uk
Tel: 07967 487 661


Stuart Crofts

Proficient in all styles of river fly fishing but especially fond of upstream dry-fly on small streams and Tenkara.

Along with fly fishing he is passionate about entomology and many clients use this to gain knowledge on matching the hatch and making the connections between the creatures that live in the water and the sport of fly fishing.

Contact Details:
Website: www.pennineflyfishingguides.co.uk

Additionally, if you want to chat about any of his services, Stuart can be contacted on
Mobile: (07773) 713 132

If there is no answer (probably out fishing) please send text message with your name and telephone number and he will get back to you.


Stuart Minnikin

Stuart guides and teaches in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales in North Yorkshire. An advanced qualified (APGAI) fly fishing instructor and ex-member of the England International Rivers Team. One of the first guides in the UK to embrace the Tenkara revolution and to offer Tenkara instruction and guiding.

Many of the rivers and becks in the Yorkshire Dales are perfectly suited to fishing Tenkara style and Stuart has access to one of the UKs best rivers for Tenkara – The River Tees.

Stuart also escorts small groups of anglers to fish the pristine rivers of Slovenia, where Tenkara can also be practised on some of the smaller streams and headwaters of the main rivers. A collection of Stuart’s Tenkara images can be seen on Flickr – www.flickr.com/photos/stuartminnikin/sets/72157632265784907/.

Contact Details:
Website: www.yorkshire-dales-flyfishing.com
Email: stuart@yorkshire-dales-flyfishing.com
Tel: (07761) 762 660


Angus Campbell

Angus is a full time angling coach and guide specialising in Tenkara fly fishing on the River Windrush and small chalk streams in the Cotswolds.

“I have to admit from the first time I heard about Tenkara fly fishing, I had to have my own kit. As a child in rural Africa we had to make our own bamboo whips to catch fish from our local stream. Only a lucky few friends had access to modern reels and equipment but this did not stop us from catching plenty of fish. You have to admire the simplicity of the Tenkara rod to appreciate its true value”.

“A TenkaraCenteUK rod should be first fishing kit in any persons hand when you embark on your mission to become an avert fly fisherman. This is where you get the true feeling of a fly rod working, while you gently manipulate the line and fly in front of a wild brown trout, just feet in front of you. The delicacy of the kit allows you to feel every touch and take. While playing a frisky trout just adds to the excitement and the bend of the rod, not to mention the heart stopping. Landing your fish can be a trick, but highly challenging and rewarding, considering how light the tackle is. I highly recommend this traditional Japanese fly fishing technique for both young and the young at heart”.

Contact Details:
Angus Campbell
Email: anguscampbellfishing@gmail.com
Website: www.anguscampbellfishing.com 
Mobile:07599 892 967
Tel: (01993) 847 517


Stuart Wardle

A fanatical fly fisherman and licensed coach, who has been lucky to have fished with some great fisherman in many fantastic places around the world. The North of England and Scottish Borders are very special places and have some beautiful and fantastic waters to fly fish.

“I am still learning the craft after more than 30 years and I hope the fly fishing journey will never end. I discovered Tenkara almost 5 years ago and was hooked from the beginning. The absolute presentation of Tenkara and its essence of simplicity continue to provide me with new challenges”.

The fly Fishing Bio: 1967 first perch on a worm 1999 England International; 2006 Team England Rivers Manager; 2010 & 2012 Commonwealth Team Silver Medals (Wales & Tasmania); 2011 Started The Durham Fly Fishing Company; 2012 Appointed Head Coach to the Angling Trust/ADB Talent Pathway Programme; 2013 Appointed Tenkara Centre UK Endorsed Guide; 2014 Commonwealth Team Member.

Contact Details:
Website: www.durhamflyfishing.co.uk
Email: durhamflyfishing@btinternet.com
Tel: (07904) 278 889


Stephen Cheetham

Stephen Cheetham is a fully qualified fly fishing and fly dressing instructor, and a member of the Angling Development Board.

He has fished for trout all his life and is a firm believer that "Fishing should be fun".

As chairman of his local branch of the Salmon & Trout Association, he is involved with various fly fishing courses for the Association, privately and also for the Malham Tarn Field Studies Centre.

He is also a fly tying demonstrator and a course tutor in Fly Dressing at Otley Prince Henry's Grammar School in Otley, West Yorkshire.

Tenkara has been an interest for over 4 years because of it's simplicity and also because it opens a whole new perspective to fly fishing and fly tying to both young and old.

Stephen, a published author to various magazines, is heavily involved in a monthly fly fishing column in the Yorkshire Post newspaper.

Contact Details:
Website: http://www.fishingwithstyle.co.uk
Tel: (0113) 2507244

Mobile: 0773 427 6746