I’ve been watching with interest the growth of Tenkara here in the US which has been due in large part to the tireless efforts of Daniel Galhardo, founder of Tenkara USA.
Most Tenkara flies are a simple affair and tied with a reverse hackle as Daniel demonstrates in the video above. Here Daniel ties an Amano Kebari with just a hook, thread and a single pheasant feather. Oh, and he does it free-hand without a vise. It doesn’t get much simpler than that.
If you are not familiar with the Tenkara style of fishing it too is a simple affair. Just a rod, a fixed length leader, tippet and fly. No reel required.
Tenkara was developed hundreds of years ago in Japan as a simple yet effective technique to catch trout in mountain streams. Not much has changed since then and as Daniel demonstrates it’s still a very effective technique.
I’m at a point in my life where I could use a bit of simplification, so I think it’s time I gave Tenkara a try. I’ve sold some of my Western style fly fishing gear and am shopping for a Tenkara rod as we speak. I’ll let you know how it goes.
Ken is an avid fisherman of 40+ years who loves to explore. He created DIY Fly Fishing to help encourage and assist the average angler to get out and find new places to fish.
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