I went to Japan on two different occasions fishing with many experts there. I wanted to understand where tenkara came from and how the fishers there practiced it. I found western fly fishing wherever I did tenkara.
On my next trip, in 2016, I was hosted by Keiichi Okushi, a life long headwaters fisher that does both tenkara and fly fishing. Keiichi san introduced me to Yuzo Sebata. Sebata san has written many books where he also includes western style fly-fishing. We briefly discussed fly-fishing in our background while Sebata san helped me understand a deeper meaning of Keiryu fishing and he particularly focused on his specialty of Genryu.
Western fly fishing and Japanese tenkara are often fished parallel and in the same stream by the same group.
It is my intent to detail this camaraderie and my experience on this focused page about fly fishing.
Tenkara-Fisher will remain focused on tenkara.
After interviewing many many Japanese tenkara experts, studying my historical tenkara books, following trends in magazines and constantly following the Japanese HP on tenkara, I found that fly fishing was intertwined with tenkara.
In 2023, I will lift my restriction and will use a fly rod for limited engagements such as dry fly fishing for wild trout. I understand the difference between the two but more importantly, I will honor both.
For 14 years I have studied Japanese tenkara from a historical aspect through fishing all over Japan with the experts there. I continue on with that research today.
I've learned tenkara is similar to western style fly-fishing but is also very different. I choose to practice tenkara as the Japanese style fly fishing method.
Here I will detail my experiences fly fishing, I'll reach back in my history, but I will mostly detail what I'm doing now and what I look forward to.
The fact is, I am a tenkara & fly fisher but I prefer tenkara.
Tenkara-Fisher will continue on it's path as a focused tenkara content blog.
I use knotless tapered leaders terminated with Stonfo tippet rings.
I use Seaguar GrandMax FX fluorocarbon tippet, it's the best and that is super important.
|I use "Slow Jet" super glue|
In the 90's I helped Loop develop their North American team. I had been using their reels and found them the best then as I do now. I meet with Loop at the Salt Lake City Sportsman show finally closing the gap. A few years later, Loop parted ways with their principal engineer and designer. I no longer use Loop reels choosing to follow the principal designer of the reel and his company, Danielsson Fly Reels.
G.Loomis NRX 9' 5-weight
I use Scientific Anglers textured fly lines.
I use knotless tapered fluorocarbon leaders terminated with Stonfo tippet rings.
I use Seaguar GrandMax FX fluorocarbon tippet.
I have an online log of my adventures, you can find it here: beach-fisher