Tenkara oozes with a minimalism that requires limits, restrictions, and discipline. I like the philosophy of minimalism, but am not so keen about limitations. My fishing ego desires the constant stroking and joy of long and beautiful casts. Addictions are difficult to break. Yet, I found, from a purely pragmatic view, that adopting new equipment, different flies, and innovative techniques can lead to greater results.Read More
Tenkara Angler Magazine is a free quarterly publication that chronicles the tenkara & fixed-line fly fishing community through entries about lifestyle, destination, tactics, gear, art, photography, and creative essay. Recently they have compiled a “Best Of” Edition focusing on warm water fixed line fishing. This magazine gathers the best warm water related articles and puts them all in one place for easy reading and reference.Read More
Although I don't write much about it here, I am an avid tenkara fisherman for both cold and warm water fish (I have even dabbled in salt water with tenkara). In the latest edition of Tenkara Angler, I wrote about a variation of one of my favorite warm water patterns the James Wood Bucktail.Read More
With spring right around the corner, it is time to restock some warm water fly boxes. Every year, the first fly box worked on is the one that contains my favorite crappie flies. Bright, colorful soft hackles are my favorite flies for early season crappie. I discovered these flies by accident several years ago. My son, who was seven years old at the time and just getting started in fly tying, had tied some soft hackles with the most colorful materials I had on my tying bench. One of his creations found its way into my panfish fly box. In desperation, I tied his colorful wet fly on the end of my leader when nothing else was working and was rewarded with a fish on the first cast. This was followed by another, and several more after that. What had been a slow day on the water turned into one of the best days I have ever had for early season crappies. I have tied and fished these colorful soft hackles ever since. I have played around with colors a bit but I have had the most success with chartreuse bodies and pink, blue or orange thoraxes. For the hackle - hen pheasant, grouse or partridge will do the trick. Throw a wire rib on or leave it off, it is your preference, the fish don't seem to have one. Since using a tenkara rod is one of my favorite ways to pursue these fish, I have added a kebari version to the box as well. I'm not convinced that the reverse hackled kebari is any more effective than a standard soft hackle, but it feels like the right thing to do.