Wye Tenkara

Upper Longtown Beat River Monnow

Upper Longtown beat of the river Monnow

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By richard adeney, Feb 4 2020 05:28PM

Another dry fly I use a lot is a pattern designed to represent a small cadis fly. This fly is simple to tie and is based on three of my favourite materials; which are, deer hair CDC and hare’s ear. These materials are very versatile and readily available.

The pattern of this fly is as follows:

1. Hook: size 16 to 22. I often use course fishing hooks for this fly as they are nearly always barbless and have a straight eye.

2. Thread: 8/0 to match body colour

3. Body: lighter hare’s ear dubbing

4. Thorax: darker hare’s ear dubbing. Picked out to form legs

5. Wing: under wing of deer hair. Over wing of CDC

The fly is designed to fish low in the water and imitates a range of small flies that the trout eats. Fish it in an evening in July and August it can be deadly.

By richard adeney, Feb 4 2020 05:15PM

The one that catches the fish!!

For me there are a number of criteria which go into making a favourite fly and they are:

1. I like simple flies which have a sleek profile. Particularly when trying to imitate hatching up-wing flies.

2. The fly must be easy to tie as I tie most of my own flies.

3. The materials must be readily available and also in expensive.

4. They must have good floating characteristics.

The fly illustrated at the end of this piece fits most of these criteria.


1. Hook: dry fly hook size 16 to 24

2. 8/0 uni thread or similar colour to match body

3. Tail: micro fibrils these can be obtained from a water colourist’s brush. A single brush will last a life time.

4. Body: stripped peacock herl dyed to suit the fly being imitated.

5. Thorax: small pinch of hare’s ear dubbing

6. Wing: one or two CDC plumes depending on the size of the fly.

This fly will catch fish when they are taking small up-wing duns. I feel that the CDC wing not only adds buoyance but also is a good imitation of the wings of the natural fly.

By richard adeney, Feb 2 2020 08:28PM

The East and West Dart rivers on Dartmoor have many happy fishing memories for me. The rivers run through Dartmoor in the county of Devon and are very accessible. Fishing permits can be obtained from many local outlets and the Westcountry Angling Passport ( ). The permit gives access to many miles of upland streams which have a good head of wild brown trout and also seatrout or peel and salmon. All the streams are small so there is no need for heavy rods. A light six to eight foot rod matched with a 2 to 3 weight line will suffice. A Tenkara rod would also be suitable and this could be longer. I have not yet had an opportunity to fish these streams with a Tenkara rod. The fish are not too fussy as far as flies go, so a small box of generic wet and dry flies is all that is needed.

One particular cherished memory was a day I spent fishing the East Dart around Postbridge. I caught the bus from Plymouth to Postbridge and spent the day exploring the East Dart. Since I arrived by bus I did not have waders but only a pair of wellies which meant that I had to creep up the edge of the river. I caught a good number of trout on small dry flies. The most successful fly was a comparadun. This is a simple fly made of hare’s ear and deer hair. A size 14 is about the right size. When fishing these streams it is import to keep a low profile and keep to the edge of the river as far as possible. It is also most effective to work upstream and to cast the fly into all the most likely spots. Don’t stay in one spot too long.

Care must be taken when walking these streams. On one occasion when fishing the West Dart I was concentrating on some rising fish on the opposite side of the river. I failed to see a hole, into which I fell and broke my foot. This did not stop me fishing and the cool waters of the Dart helped to reduce the swelling on my foot. I did however take it to casualty the next day.

Fishing these streams is the essence of what trout fishing is all about. Being able to fish the stream and become one with the environment is what makes fishing these rivers so enjoyable. I well remember on one occasion fishing late in the evening hearing a crunching behind me. When I turned round there was a fox hunting for snails and slugs in a boggy patch behind where I was fishing.

In this short piece I have tried to sum up some of my experiences fishing the River Dart on Dartmoor. I hope you enjoy it too and will try and fish there.

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.


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