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Monday, May 20, 2013

Tenkara Fly

Sakasa Kebari --


For those of you that have been hiding under a rock or living in a bomb shelter for the past few years and hadn't heard about Tenkara fishing, get busy with Google. Regardless, I think the Tenkara style is something that is worth consideration. And while I haven't personally bitten the bullet to get setup, I can't help but try out the "backwards" hackled fly patterns. This was a recent attempt that came out of a combination of new materials I received from the crew at Hareline that screamed "Sakasa Kebari".  The Sakasa Kebari (which means something like "Frozen Eyelashes" in Japanese) style Tenkara flies are a thing of beauty, while at the same time non-descript and fairly simple (my example here bucks the norm, just FWIW). 



In all seriousness, these reverse hackle style flies are as effective as they are cool looking. Google up Tenkara style fly fishing or go see our buddies over at Tenkara Guides if you're interested in this effective style of fishing.

So besides the purple turkey biots (Hareline) and the Furnace India Hen, I used a cool new (to me) product called "Glo Brite Floss". It's bright and ties more like thread than it does floss. That's what is used for the head section above the hackle.

Hook: Daiichi 1250 (barbless glass bead hook)
Thread: UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier, Purple
Body: Purple Turkey Biot
Ribbing: One strand of Crystal flash
Collar: Chartruese Senyo Laser dubbing
Hackle: Furnace India Hen
Head: Glo Brite Floss, Purple

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