The False Casting Fallacy
Mar08

The False Casting Fallacy

Whether out of habit carried over from a fly fishing background, or from some ill-gotten advice, I tend to see a lot more false casting being used by tenkara anglers than I would expect. False casting is necessary in conventional fly fishing because you need to shoot line. So, you use false casts to build momentum and launch out lengths of line until you have the distance you need, then drop the line on the water. But since tenkara is...

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Otter Butter Line Dressing
Feb17

Otter Butter Line Dressing

  While there are a few companies out there that offer floating tenkara lines such as RIGS Adventure Company and Zen Outfitters,  sometimes, you just have your favorite line that you wish would float. The Eclectic Angler (the same company that brought us 3D-printed line spools) recently released a product called Otter Butter, that can easily be applied to any furled tenkara line to make it a floating line. The paste comes in a...

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Don’t Toss your Tenkara Rod!
Jan15

Don’t Toss your Tenkara Rod!

So, I just came across a Facebook post talking about how to land a big fish by throwing your tenkara rod in the water. It’s not the first time I’ve seen this “technique” advocated. It seems to appear on the internet every once in a while. And every time it does, I have to roll my eyes. The basic concept is that if you throw your rod in the water, the fish will stop feeling the pull of the line and will relax....

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Tenkara Rod Grip & Sensitivity
Nov13

Tenkara Rod Grip & Sensitivity

There’s a healthy online debate on fixed-line rods that have a cork grip vs. no grip (essentially, a flared extension of the blank).  I prefer cork grips because they’re just more comfortable to me. Contrary to popular belief, it has nothing to do with weight for me. Rods without grips are just too thin and my hand seems to cramp up after a while (probably a sign of carpal tunnel syndrome more than anything else). Yet many...

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Is your Rod Giving you Away?
Jun17

Is your Rod Giving you Away?

Years ago, a friend of mine who had returned from a fishing trip in Tasmania told me about an unusual practice that the local anglers did there. He told me that they sanded down the blanks of their fly rods with sandpaper. My first thought was, “why on earth would anyone take sandpaper to a $500 fly rod?” He went on to explain that the lakes in Tasmania are full of large brown trout that are extremely skittish because of...

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How to Fish Small Meadow Streams
May11

How to Fish Small Meadow Streams

Small, meandering meadow streams certainly make idyllic backdrops but they pose several unique challenges for the angler. Typically, these streams are very shallow with slowly moving, crystal clear water meaning the fish can see you coming a mile away and will scatter at the slightest shadow, vibration, splash, or sound. It’s not hard to imagine why. With little refuge, trout in such waters are easy targets for predators so they have...

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