In Tenkara Today, Morgan Lyle weaves various threads of tenkara fishing, gear, early adopters and upstart companies to describe just how tenkara got to where it is today in the US.
Morgan Lyle is unquestionably the best person to put that all on paper. He was there from the beginning. Tenkara was unofficially officially introduced to the US when Tenkara USA's website went live in April 2009, but what gave it the kick that really started it was Dr. Ishigaki's tenkara presentation at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum the following month. Morgan was there, covering the event for the Daily Gazette, a newspaper in Schenectady, NY for which he wrote a weekly column on fly fishing.
I think Morgan may still fish with a fly rod, at least occasionally, but he has been intimately involved in tenkara from that moment on. He knows all the players, and not being a competitor, he gets all of them to talk. I was there from the beginning, too, but there's a lot in Tenkara Today that I didn't know.