LUONG TAM, trained as a design engineer by trade and the founder of Tenkara Tanuki, is a tenkara rod designer and builder. Luong has been passionate about fly fishing since the 90s and is a member of many fly casting clubs in California.
For the last few years, he became hooked on tenkara and obsessed enough to start his company Tenkara Tanuki. He attends tenkara schools every year, taught by Masami Sakakibara, a Japanese tenkara master who is a living legend.
Luong has developed fly fishing methods that take advantage of more straightforward and efficient tenkara rods. In combination with conventional fly casting techniques, he develops short-line casting techniques with a tenkara rod.
Over the years, he has given casting presentations and clinics across the states.