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How to Tie Tenkara Flies the Quick and Easy Way

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February 05, 2014

How to Tie Tenkara Flies the Quick and Easy Way

By Tim Romano

Last week I had the privilege of attending one of Tenkara USA's fly tying "get-togethers" hosted by Daniel Galhardo, founder of Tenkara USA. Galhardo was the first person to bring this style of reel-less fishing to the United States. He sat down with me yesterday and shared why tying Tenkara flies is so simple, quick and easy. 

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Tenkara fishing originated in Japan and was strictly a commercial operation back in the day.  As such, it was done in the most effective manner possible. The same can be said for the flies in Tenkara fishing. Most of them can be tied with a hook, sewing thread and a single feather. They can even be tied without a vice or a whip finish tool as Daniel demonstrates here.

For those of you who might not be that into tying flies (like me) I thought this video and the ideology behind Tenkara flies might be of some interest to you.  For more info on Tenkara flies visit TenakaraUSA or the company's Vimeo page for more video instruction.

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from Dangle wrote 10 weeks 4 days ago

Buy a vice, the right tying thread, some beads that match # 12-16 size nymph style hooks.....Mustad 3906 for example, and learn to tie soft hackle bead-headed flies. Simple process, and very easy to tie the soft hackle. You don't even need tails. A thread fly-tying abdomen will work well. I often use a flat thread of reddish brown like the pheasant tail color. Bump up the thorax with peacock herl, and wrap a game bird feather such as a partridge feather behind the bead, and done. Use a copper wire for ribbing if you want for a little flash, and protect your thread abdomen if you want. I use all the game bird feathers to tie some bigger soft hackles as well. The reason it will work so well on a Tenkara rod is fish will take the soft hackle on the swing. Cast it straight out, put some flyline behind the fly upstream, and follow the swing with the long rod. No need to see the fly...the swings the thing, the tugs the drug.

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from buckhunter wrote 10 weeks 3 days ago

Tenkara flies work amazingly well in a lot of different water.

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from Dangle wrote 10 weeks 4 days ago

Buy a vice, the right tying thread, some beads that match # 12-16 size nymph style hooks.....Mustad 3906 for example, and learn to tie soft hackle bead-headed flies. Simple process, and very easy to tie the soft hackle. You don't even need tails. A thread fly-tying abdomen will work well. I often use a flat thread of reddish brown like the pheasant tail color. Bump up the thorax with peacock herl, and wrap a game bird feather such as a partridge feather behind the bead, and done. Use a copper wire for ribbing if you want for a little flash, and protect your thread abdomen if you want. I use all the game bird feathers to tie some bigger soft hackles as well. The reason it will work so well on a Tenkara rod is fish will take the soft hackle on the swing. Cast it straight out, put some flyline behind the fly upstream, and follow the swing with the long rod. No need to see the fly...the swings the thing, the tugs the drug.

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from buckhunter wrote 10 weeks 3 days ago

Tenkara flies work amazingly well in a lot of different water.

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