Tenkara Techniques: The Downstream Twitch

Of all the tenkara tricks I have up my sleeve, this one is my favorite and the one in which I have the most confidence.  As you’ll see in the video, it’s pretty simple, but it works.  

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Oki Sakasa Kebari
Mar08

Oki Sakasa Kebari

Many of the streams tenkara anglers fish in Japan are fast flowing mountain streams.  In those streams, fish have very little time to “inspect” food.  If they hesitate, it’s gone–lost to the swift current or a competitor.  A good fly for these conditions is a larger, easy-to-spot fly like the Oki Sakasa Kebari. For fast flowing streams, or high or muddy water conditions, the Oki kebari is a great choice....

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How to Reduce Arm Fatigue When Casting

I see a lot of photos on the internet of people casting tenkara with their arm fully extended.  While it might seem like a good idea at the time to gain a little extra reach, it can actually be detrimental to your presentation, and on stream stamina.  The better alternative is simple:  take a few steps closer to the...

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How to Remove Line Twist in Tenkara Level Lines

Some rod manufacturers may cringe at me suggesting this tip to remove line twist when you’re winding your line on to the spool for fear of broken rod tips. But I have been using this technique for over two years and have never broken a rod. You just have to take the same care you normally do with any tenkara rod...

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Sakasa Kebari Underwater Video

No matter how many times I see a sakasa kebari underwater, I’m always surprised on how alive they come underwater–with even the slightest twitch.  No wonder they’re such effective flies.  Here’s a quick video I shot today in both normal speed and slow motion to show how well the hackle moves in the...

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Yamakawa’s Tenkara Line Furling Machine

  I know this isn’t a great video but I’ve been getting a lot of interest in Eiji Yamakawa’s furled tenkara lines since my recent post.  This is footage I took at the 2012 Tenkara Summit and while it was difficult to get a good shot because of all the people crowded around and I’m not happy with it, I thought it was still worth posting.  If nothing else, it will serve to whet the appetites of those looking...

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Learn Tenkara Fly Tying DVD Review

  This new tenkara fly tying DVD series was just announced today but I happened to receive one in the mail prior to launch (Thanks Brian!).  This DVD isn’t good.  It’s GREAT!  The clarity and quality is amazing and the running commentary by tenkara experts is surprisingly informative.  When I first opened the package, I was kind of dismissive.  I thought that I’d pretty much heard everything there was to be said...

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Sakasa Kebari Underwater Video

  A few tenkara anglers have asked me to take underwater video of sakasa kebari in motion in “real world conditions”.  This proved to be a slightly more daunting task than I imagined.  Here’s my first attempt.  I’ll be the first to admit it’s not a great.  It’s difficult to position the camera the right way, in the right current, in the right water clarity, and show what a real tenkara...

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Bass Pro Shops White River Gear Bag Review

  I finally decided to replace my 15-year-old Orvis gear bag with something a little more modern and technical.  At my local Bass Pro Shops, I found the White River gear bag–a feature packed bag that is perfect for tenkara as well as other types of fly fishing.  After comparing it to several other bags, this was the best gear bag for the money and so far, it has exceeded my expectations. PLEASE READ:  Before you say a gear...

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S**t Tenkara Anglers Say

  I’ve always been a fan of the “S**t People Say” video series and thought it would be fun to make one about tenkara.  Special thanks to TenkaraTalk readers Phil Echelman, Joe Egry, and Kevin Fricke for being in the video. WARNING:  This video contains adult...

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Tenkara Setup in 45 Seconds

Here’s a quick video I shot showing just how fast you can get your tenkara rod set up and ready to fish. Actually, I’m being a bit generous.  If you count, it’s really only 43 seconds.

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Tenkara Line Spools

Tenkara line spools make both long-term storage and moving from spot to spot more organized and convenient.    But just like every piece of gear, people will have their own preferences and demands. Today, we’re lucky to have a few different designs we can choose from to suit our individual needs.  In this video, I cover just a few different designs and where you can buy them. Tenkara Line Spool Retailers   Tenkara USA...

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Underwater Comparison of Eyed vs. Eyeless Tenkara Flies

  I recently got some eyeless tenkara hooks from Tenkara Bum and have been having a lot of fun trying out different patterns. But I was curious…are the claims about eyeless hooks having more action in the water true?  So, I decided to do a (very unscientific) test and see.  I tied two flies with identical materials, put them underwater, and took video so I coud compare. I realize this doesn’t exactly replicate stream...

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Tenkara Casting Techniques

Remember my post about tenkara’s diversity in simplicity?  This video is a perfect example of that.  In it, you will see a range of different tenkara casting techniques including the standard 10 o’clock / 12 o’clock overhand cast, the backhand (cross-chest) cast, sidearm cast, and the bow-and-arrow cast–but not just any bow-and-arrow cast.  This is a very unique one for long lines and involves coiling the line...

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How to Tie a Tenkara Fly

I’ve been asked by several people to make a video showing the basic steps on how to tie a sakasa kebari so here it is.  I chose a very simple pattern for the demo but you could easily substitute a lot of different materials to create a wide variety of patterns.

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Basic Tenkara Casting Motion

Here’s another quick video clip from the Denver Fly Fishing Show of Daniel Galhardo breaking down the basic tenkara casting stroke. Sorry for the bad audio.  It’s hard to get good sound at a trade show without a lapel mic. Plus, the lighting at the show was horrible. While the quality might not be great,  I think you can still get a few good tips out of this...

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How to Land a Fish with Tenkara

I got a lot of footage of the Tenkara USA demo at this year’s fly fishing show and thought I would break it up into shorter, more digestible videos on specific topics rather than post it in its entirety.   In this video, Daniel shows us how to land a fish with tenkara–with a special focus on using long tenkara lines.  Pay particular attention at 01:02 when Daniel points out the poor form of landing techniques we’re...

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Observing the Masters: Tenkara no Oni Casting

In this video, we can see Tenkara no Oni give a very cear demonstration of a traditional tenkara casting style and presentation. Here is a play-by-play breakdown of what you can observe in the video… Let’s begin with the cast…   1. He begins by pulling his forearm back slightly, and then snapping his wrist on the backcast to generate line speed. 2. He then (again slightly) pushes his forearm forward and snaps...

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A Short Tenkara Documentary

Here’s an excellent mini-documentary on tenkara starring the Tenkara Guides.  I think it captures the essence of tenkara very well.  There is a full length documentary in the works that is being produced by Brian Flemming of Learn Tenkara that is slated to be released in about a year in which yours truly will briefly appear.  Stay...

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Kevlar Vs. Mono Furled Tenkara Lines

Here’s a quick video showing how the new Kevlar  furled lines from Tenkara USA don’t tangle after being snagged like the traditional monofilament furled lines did.

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