Matt Hansen

Photo of Matt Hansen, Duluth Folk School instructorHi, my name is Matt Hansen. I am a father, a husband and an environmental educator. When I was knee-high to a grasshopper, like most kids, my first outdoor pursuit was fishing. My grandfather taught me how to fly fish, and much like in the movie, “A River Runs Through It,” I spent long hours practicing my casts. Practice wasn’t much fun (I wanted to fish), so when it was time to teach my kids, I searched for a better way.

About four years ago, I came across Tenkara, a Japanese method of fly fishing. I was amazed at how simple and intuitive it was — just a telescoping rod, line and a fly. The rod collapses, so it can be taken anywhere — great for hikes and backpacking trips. It’s easy to learn as well, my 9-year-old niece picked it up within one afternoon. Gone are the days of casting to a metronome. Pardon the pun, but I’m hooked! Tenkara is a great choice for anyone (including kids and families) looking for a fun way to explore Duluth and the North Shore!

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