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    Is the Dead Drift Overrated or Wrongly Used or Just Inefficient?

    by Chris Hendriks

    Before reading this article, please take in mind that the statements that are being made are based on dry fly fishing, observations of fish feeding on real insects and my own fishing experiences and guiding on creeks and big rivers.

    A bold statement when almost everything within general fly fishing is based on the dead drift. But what is the deaddrift?

    The
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    Interview with Yü Cadowachi

    Like many of the people that I have Interviewed, I have not meet Mr. Yu Cadowachi. We are part of a bigger “Internet Community of Tenkara” found on social media. The sharing of his photography is what attracted me to start following his posts and to start a conversation with him. Ultimately this is the reason why this Interview has been produced. Cadowachi-san has a special fisher eye for beauty, to capture with his lens.

    Pictures are worth a thousand words and I hope we get some great photographs from him to display with the interview. Without spoiling anything, I would like to get started with the writing of this Interview.

    Adam: I am learning Japanese custom all the time, I would like to start the interview well and perhaps be a little formal yet ask for permission to drive deeper into a meaning of Tenkara.

    “Thank you for considering my request for a conversation, please tell us a little bit about you.”

    Yü Cadowachi: I'm 34 years old and I started fishing when I was a child. My father liked river fishing, my mother sea fishing, so I did both. Since then I tried many kind of fishing. Tenkara is the one I like best, so this past 9 years I dedicated myself to it, but I do so fly
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    So I'm sadly back in China after 21 days in Colorado & New Mexico.

    Fished a wide variety of streams and ...
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    Tenkara USA Strap Pack

    I like to customize my gear and I primarily use a Tenkara USA strap pack for my fishing. I also use my own design of the Kaizen pack by Zimmerbuilt similarly set up.

    There are a few items that I really enjoy for my pack. The first thing I do is to choose how I will carry it. Most of the time, I use a shoulder strap or in my ...
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    Prelude: I think it's time to start the story of my 2016 trip to Japan.

    The theme of this trip is Tenkara and friends. I will be visiting Go Ishii in Tokyo and Keiichi Okushi with Yuzo Sebata in Tadami. I invited Adam Klagsbrun to join me and the plan was to enjoy shopping and tourist things in Tokyo for a couple of days before we moved on to the fishing segment of the trip.

    The trip actually began a couple of years ago as most of my trips do. Already I am planning for my next trip with my son Noah, I want to introduce him to international travel with Tenkara as the theme.

    The backstory is, I meet Keiichi a couple of years ago and that is what created this adventure. He approached me to help him reach Tenkara anglers in the United States to offer his kind assistance in Keiryu fishing, particularly Tenkara. I was delighted that he chose me and the reason for this trip is to solidify our relationship and to satisfy my desire to meet more Tenkara people and fish Tenkara in Japan every chance that I can.

    A by product of this adventure is also to experience it with Adam so he too can share this experience with his circle of friends. ...
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    I am usually the one asking the questions but this time, Daniel pointed the questions at me. To read the interview, click HERE.

    The genesis for the creation of Tenkara-Fisher comes from a long history of fishing. I was taught to fish by my Grandfather
    with a cane pole in our family farm ponds. At ten, I was taught to fly fish small streams on trips to the mountains of Utah. My favorite stream is in the mountains of Eastern Arizona, I have been fishing there since I was 5.

    In 1995, I started a fly fishing web site, smallstreams.com I meet Yoshikazu Fujioka
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    I have been doing fishing for more than 40 years since I was a kid, and for about last 20 years I mainly did
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    Sakura Fishing Tackle

    It starts some years ago when I became friends with Yoshikazu Fujioka in 1996 or so, we had been exchanging information on small stream fly fishing. I'm not sure when the first mention of Tenkara was on his web site "Trout and Seasons of the Mountain Village" and for me, it doesn't matter. What is personally important is the love of the Japanese aesthetic, the beauty in their writing and
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    Tying the Wrong Kebari


    Over the years, I have enlisted the help of many talented Tenkara anglers all over the globe to help me develop my interpretation for kebari. I asked these experienced Tenkara Anglers for examples of the patterns they use to catch fish. I suggested, “Just take a couple that you tied right out of your box, especially if they are used and caught fish. Please send them for my shadow box project.” I wanted to collect a broad variety of angler’s kebari for study and display.



    Eiji Yamakawa sent a couple of flies and a packet of Owner bait hooks for tying his pattern. Yamakaw-san’s kebari started my collection. The eyeless bait hooks he sent sat in my tying box as ...
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    Interview with Rob Gonzalez

    There are Americans in Tenkara that are ambassadors and Rob Gonzalez is one of them. I have not had a lot of interaction with him but our circles do intersect. I did happen to meet Rob at the 2015 Tenkara USA Summit. It was a short meeting but we did meet and chit chat about Tenkara.

    I believe it is people like Rob that makes Tenkara such a cool community. His demeanor is kind; he is knowledgeable and certainly helps others realize their own potential while fishing Tenkara. Reading around the Internet, I see that Rob has a lot of friends and is always found in the circles that help others.

    I wanted to personally get to know him a little better so I asked him to sit for this Interview.
    He graciously accepted and with that, we will begin.

    Adam: I would like to begin our Interview with a personal thank you for being such a nice guy. You represent Tenkara well. I like it that you have a lot of energy for teaching and sharing the method. It’s not always easy but in your case, it sure seems that way.

    “Thanks for your participation here, I appreciate it. Do you ...
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    One Fly

    by various authors

    Confidence, discipline, knowledge and patience all are common denominators of anglers that practice what has come to be known as “one fly” in Tenkara.


    But if you examine fly fishing, you will see that other disciplines in fishing practice it. In the Western United States, the fly fishing community has been having competitions, contests on the practice.

    Jason Klass asked me to write an article for his new e-zine and there I will open up on why I do it and what I have found. He asked me to write an article while I was waiting for the other contributors to send in their contributions. On my walk this morning, I promised myself that I would look at the core reasons for practicing one fly and to be able to do it in five minutes.


    I have two minutes left.


    Yuzo Sebata
    does it.

    Hisao Ishigaki does it.

    Katsutoshi Amano does it.

    So do my friends here.



    It is Tenkara and it is what we do.
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    Tenkara Minimalists



    Adam Trahan


    Even before my commitment to become a Tenkara angler, I learned you didn't need much in small stream fishing. I've been writing about it all along. I have even tried casting a fly line with my hand, yes, it does work but no, not better than a rod. I have a friend who is an author/fly angler and when I offered to introduce him to Tenkara, he says when he wants to go fishing in a "minimalist" style, he leaves his rod at home and puts his reel in his pocket and casts the line with his arm.

    That's one way to do it.

    But I could not have said it better than Daniel, all you need is a rod line and fly which I think is a little decadent. But if you think about it, Tenkara is too in the face of Western fly fishing.

    You just don't need a lot of equipment to be successful in catching mountain stream trout even when you are new to Tenkara or fly fishing. A lot of gear can confuse some people, they get lost in the choices and in order to catch fish, you have to be fishing...

    I'll describe my Tenkara equipment, what I use to fish, it may help some of you or it may seem foolish. I've asked a few people that I know to detail their "minimalist Tenkara" kit as well. They knew exactly what I was asking for.



    To the left of my rod (Tenkara USA Ito) is my every day carry for fishing and to the right ...
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    photo by 源流岩魚釣りクラブ

    Keiryu Wading Gear

    The term “Keiryu” is a broad Japanese term for all of mountain stream fishing. It could be fly, bait or Tenkara fishing. Although the Japanese have been fishing for centuries and have developed their own fishing and styles of wading equipment, they also enjoy outside influences in their fishing apparel just as we do outside of Japan.

    In this article, we have a few anglers that choose the Japanese style of wet wading and their stories of how they came to choose this type of gear. Below you will find links that will take you to the companies that make this gear.


    photo by Shinichi Shibasaki

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    Adam Klagsbrun

    Wet Wading for AT

    Anyone who has discussed the topic with me knows that I really like wet wading over using waders, even into the shoulder seasons. There’s nothing better than the feeling of standing in the water on a sunny day, not feeling sweaty in your waders or being bogged down with many extra layers.

    However, many people don’t realize that the term “wet wading” includes a setup that has nothing to do with walking in the water bare-legged in sandals or water shoes. Trout-rivers are COLD, and if you can wet wade them without your legs going numb or feeling uncomfortable,
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    Nissin Pocket Mini V3

    Objective: To create the smallest, lightest most effective Tenkara system.

    It has been a while since I have been this excited about a Tenkara rod. The last time was Tenkara USA's introduction of the Sato and Rhodo, two game changing rods that have profoundly affected my Tenkara. I'm really excited about the Nissin Pocket Mini because again, this rod will be a positive attribute to my Tenkara skill in it's compact size and will open Tenkara opportunities that would not have been available before owning this rod.

    The Pocket Mini is interesting because of it's size. Because it is so compact, it has ...
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    Interview with Koken Sorimachi

    As with most of my Japanese friends, I meet Koken-san through the Internet. He wrote an article for Headwaters magazine that I like and recently I realized we are friends on social media.

    For some time, I have wanted to take my Tenkara to the next level. Tenkara is a form of fixed line fly fishing in mountain streams yet now, as I learn more about all the different types of fixed line fishing, Tenkara becomes more specialized and less of a catch all term. In the latest issue of Headwaters, spring of 2016, I saw an article on two hand rods with floating fly lines for river trout, it sparked my interest. I have a long history of fly fishing in a big western river with extended dead drifting techniques. When I saw Koken Sorimachi’s article on 8m class two hand fixed fly line techniques, it resonated with me.

    Often I just figure things out on my own so I contacted Keiichi, we sourced a rod, I gathered my equipment and rigged it ready to go and I began studying two hand fixed line fishing. ...
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    Interview with Stephen Boshoff

    I’ve known about Stephen for quite some time. I think from back in the 90’s when I was making a small stream fly fishing Internet web site. I’ve always had an interest in light line fly rods and I think it was this interest that brought us together. Stephen lives in South Africa, where? I don’t know. I do know that some of the areas he writes about, I have heard of from another South African friend that I have known since about the same time I had become aware of Stephen.

    South Africa does not seem like the fly fisher place but let me tell you from my perspective, the anglers there are quite serious in their pursuit. I know, I’ve worked with and have helped many of them with their interest. My assistance comes on a couple of different levels but the main thing is, their community is keen on fly fishing the small stuff. There are streams that are written about like the Witte, Bushman, Kwaai, Smalblaar and many others. South Africa was in my sights long before I went to Japan. I had been asked and invited to visit by more than one keen small stream fly fisherman there. “Adam, come visit! You can give us a presentation, we will fly you here.” But a trip like that, it’s a long way and lots of time away from my young children. Thinking back, I should have gone but Stephen, this is not about me, it’s about you.

    Adam: Thank you very much for taking my interview, I really appreciate it. I know you guys are keen on Tenkara but I really haven’t seen too much from your area. That old web site has changed owners (again) and lost direction and I’ve lost touch with all of the South African community. That’s the part that ...
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    I’ve come to understand Rob Lepczyk’s interest through his photographs and a little bit through his writing. I have enjoyed my conversations with him and he has shared his knowledge of fly tying with me, helping to source materials. I really appreciate that. I know he works at a fly shop, hikes and camps in the forest; he does some salt-water fly-fishing and enjoys Tenkara. Without a doubt, I would say that we have more than a few things in common.

    Our interactions are through social media and I want to share Rob’s interest in Tenkara through different circles. I asked him for an interview which he promptly accepted.

    I hope you enjoy learning more about Rob Lepczyk, I know I will.

    Adam: It’s ok if I call you Rob right?

    Rob Lepczyk: Of course Adam!

    Adam: Cool. It’s never easy for me to get these started so ...

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