One-fly Focus
May05

One-fly Focus

  I’m not one of those tenkara anglers that only fishes one pattern. But I do only fish one fly at a time. There’s no idealogical reason behind it and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with fishing a dropper or even a cast of flies. In fact, I fished droppers for years before I started tenkara fishing and was a huge advocate of it. The reason I stopped is practical, not philosophical. I think there were...

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Any Rod, Any Line, & Any Fly?
Sep13

Any Rod, Any Line, & Any Fly?

In tenkara, a fairly esoteric group of anglers subscribe to the “one fly” approach where they strictly fish only one specific pattern (or slight variations of the same pattern).  A  larger group adheres to the more liberal “any fly” approach, meaning that they don’t necessarily restrict themselves to one particular pattern, but feel that any fly they pull out of their box at random will work.  Both...

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One Fly is Better than Two
Sep02

One Fly is Better than Two

I just had an interesting exchange with a friend who is heading down to the San Juan River soon.  He told me about how he was planning to fish a tandem rig with the river’s namesake pattern (the San Juan Worm) and a beadhead dropper.  I relayed the story of how when I fished the San Juan years ago, everyone told me how I absolutely had to fish San Juan Worms.  Literally everyone.  So before the trip, I tied about three dozen of...

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