Kamikaze Kebari

Kamikaze Kebari

  Whenever anyone asks me what makes the sakasa kebari an effective pattern, of course my first answer is the standard one–that the reversed hackle produces a lifelike motion in the water.  But this is always immediately followed by an explanation of what I consider an equally important (yet often overlooked) quality of these flies:…

Underwater Comparison of Eyed vs. Eyeless Tenkara Flies

I recently got some eyeless tenkara hooks from Tenkara Bum and have been having a lot of fun trying out different patterns. But I was curious…are the claims about eyeless hooks having more action in the water true?  So, I decided to do a (very unscientific) test and see.  I tied two flies with identical materials, put them underwater, and took video so I coud compare.

Horsehair Tenkara Flies

Horsehair Tenkara Flies

  That’s right–I said “horsehair tenkara FLIES”, not “horsehair tenkara LINES”.   Usually, whenever you combine the words “horsehair” and “tenkara” in the same sentence (or Google search), the discussion is inevitably around horsehair tenkara fly lines. But what many people don’t know is that horsehair (or, more accurately, horse tail) also makes an excellent…

Epoxy Tenkara Fly

Epoxy Tenkara Flies

  Several years ago, I started tying epoxy midges to fish a very tough local spring creek in Western New York.  The flies themselves were developed in the UK and were brilliantly simple, yet deceptively effective. Across the pond, they’re called “epoxy buzzers” and are mostly fished in larger sizes on big reservoirs.  But I…