Wye Tenkara

Upper Longtown Beat River Monnow

Upper Longtown beat of the river Monnow

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By richard adeney, Sep 6 2018 02:17PM

Japanese tenkara flies, known as Kebari in Japanese, tend to be simple spider like flies. They often have forward facing hackles but not always. The subject of this blog post is tying a simple forward hackled Kebari with a pheasant tail collar and red brown body.


Hook: barbless size 12 straight eye

Thread: rust brown 8/0 thread

Hackle: partridge breast

Collar: three fibres cock pheasant tail


Place hook in vice and wind on thread.

Make a small pad of thread in the front third of the hook and then trim off the waste thread.

Now prepare the partridge hackle and then tie it in by the tip with the hackle facing upwards. Trim the waste material.

Hold the hackle by the butt end and then stroke the fibres forward. Then wind the hackle onto the hook stroking the fibres forward as you do it and then secure the hackle at the back. The hackle fibres should be facing forwards.

Wind the thread towards the bend of the hook and form a body. Then tie in the pheasant tail collar just behind the hackle and then finish with a whip finish just behind the hackle.

By richard adeney, Jan 18 2018 07:10PM

Traditionally tenkara and other fixed line fishing methods lines were made from horse hair, cotton or other suitable material. The lines were furled so that they could be made into a suitable length for fishing with. Today furled tenkara leaders are made from synthetic thread such as uni-thread. What if any, are the advantages of using a furled leader over using a level fluorocarbon leader?

I feel that there are the following advantages over level fluorocarbon leaders.

1. The lines are suppler so cast better and this will enhance the presentation of the fly.

2. It is possible to create tapered lines, which improves casting particularly when fishing in tight spaces.

3. The lines have no memory so do not need to be stretched before unlike fluorocarbon lines.

4. Take indicators can be built into the line.

5. The materials used to make furled tenkara lines may be more environmentally friendly than fluorocarbon lines because fluorocarbon does not have a good environmental profile.

There are some disadvantages to using a furled tenkara line and they are:

1. Furled lines are a fixed length whereas a fluorocarbon line can be cut to the required length. If a fluorocarbon leader is too long it can be easily trimmed to size. It is not possible change the length of a furled leader.

2. Furled leaders need to be greased if they are to float as does a fluorocarbon leader.

3. Furled leaders may not hang as straight as a fluorocarbon leader from the rod tip.

4. Furled leaders can wet and there may be fine droplets of water shed when cast. This may frighten spooky fish.

On balance I think there are more advantages of using a furled leader than using a fluorocarbon leader.

By richard adeney, Sep 7 2016 09:10PM

I have just completed my first tamo made from home grown materials. I plan to make more of them this winter and will be selling them on this site.

By richard adeney, Apr 7 2014 06:13PM

My first opportunity for real fishing this season came last Friday. I spent the afternoon fishing the Lower Longtown beat of the river Monnow. This was a successful first outing in which I caught four great wild brown trout. The first fish came shortly after I started from the run pictured.

The successful flies were a forward hackle snip and purple and forward hackle pheasant tail spider. The flies were fished as a team and fish upstream. I made short upstream casts with my 12ft tenkara rod and worked the flies in the faster water. The technique I used was similar to the Italian method Valsesiana.

By guest, Feb 20 2014 09:33AM

Coarse fishing hooks for fly tying

Over the last few weeks I have been experimenting with using coarse fishing hooks to tie spider type flies.

I think that there are a number of advantages for using these hooks which are:

1. They are usually barbless

2. They have a short shank so that the flies are small

3. The eye is directly in line with leader

4. These hooks are readily at all fishing tackle shops.

size 16 forward hackle gold rib hairs ear spider
size 16 forward hackle gold rib hairs ear spider


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