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.
I really like how they go from vise to stream too, showing you not only how to tie the flies, but showing that they actually catch fish. Most tying videos are little more than boring “talking hands” videos (like mine). This one is not. They use a good mix of closeups, pull aways, underwater shots, and on-stream footage to keep it visually engaging.
My only critique (and I’ll admit that it’s a small nitpick) is that the camera angle is from the perspective of someone watching from across the tying table. As someone who has tied countless flies, I can inverse my mental picture, but for beginners, it might be clearer and more intuitive if they shot the video from the perspective of the tier. Since this is the first in a volume, maybe they’ll take that feedback into consideration moving forward. After all, this is volume 1. And that leaves plenty to go.
This DVD is impressive and bumps the info available to Western tenkara anglers up a few notches. And at only $25 for 2.5 hours of video and a small booklet including all the recipes, it’s also a good value. Get one here. You won’t be disappointed.