The Takayama sakasa kebari is a classic tenkara fly that is tied in many color variations. But basically, it’s characterized by having a thread abdomen, a peacock thorax, and forward facing hackle. My first encounter with this fly was the red version so that’s what I chose to base my interpretation on. Here’s my recipe for what I consider the Royal Coachman of tenkara flies…
Takayama Sakasa Kebari
Hook: Umpqua C500BL #10
Thread: Red Uni, 8/0
Hackle: Male Ringneck Pheasant
Thorax: 3 strands of peacock eye, twisted and wrapped
Abdomen: Red thread, tapered toward thorax
This is a great all around searching pattern whose contrasts and color combinations seem to work particularly well on attractor-prone species such as brook trout. But this pattern is just a template. Try out different color combinations and see what works best out in your neck of the woods.