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.
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.Read More
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 fish!Read More
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 tip.
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 water.Read More
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 for a demo of how to furl a tenkara line before the soon-to-be-released videos come out from Tenkara Guides. I’m sure their videos will be much more detailed and informative. This one was just off the cuff so stay tuned for a better one from the guides.Read More
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 about simple tenkara flies by now. But I was pleasantly surprised to see a lot of tips, info, and ideas for presentation that I hadn’t thought of, heard of, or done myself. This is a must-have DVD for anyone into tenkara.Read More
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 presentation looks like. But, I’ve got some new equipment on the way that will help me make better underwater videos in the future so if you’re interested in seeing more underwater clips like this (and can live without Ralph Cutter perfection) stay tuned. In the meantime, here’s what I’ve got so far. As they say, it is what it is.Read More
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 bag is “against tenkara” or isn’t “simple”, note that I do not carry this on the stream. I use it to organize my gear at home and leave it in my car in case people I’m introducing tenkara to need gear (or just want to try some different gear they don’t have).Read More
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 language.
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.Read More
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.Read More