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December 03 2013

7 Tenkara Videos you Must Watch

We have put out a lot of videos since our inception in 2009. 88 to be exact. Here are 5 videos we think you must watch to learn tenkara, tenkara fly-tying, or just for your entertainment as the cold weather sets in:

1) How to cast with tenkara:

2) Tenkara Techniques:

3) Tenkara Pronunciation Guide:

4) Tenkara Knots:

4B) You may also want to watch this video on my “one knot”, used for tippet to level line and fly to tippet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eemGKr-GYrE

5) How to tie a tenkara fly:

6) Landing a larger fish on tenkara and long line:

7) Tenkara and Canyoneering


April 08 2013

My new “One Knot”: Double-loop slip knot
Tippet to fly = tippet to level line

After 2 decades of using an improved clinch to tie my fly to tippet, I decided to give a new knot a real try. This knot was taught to me by Dr. Ishigaki a couple of years ago, but being so used to tying the improved clinch it was difficult to change. Then, while doing some instructional filming for an upcoming DVD and trying to find ways to simplify tenkara instructions , I was inspired to use this knot. It seems to be a slight variation of the Scaffold Knot, with two loops rather than 3, I will call it a “double-loop slip knot”. It is the exact same knot as tippet to level line, and very similar to the level line to rod tip knot. It is very quick to tie, and as I have found out it is a super strong knot. I have not yet lost a single fly to poor knots (that includes fishing with one fly and not replacing tippet at all for 2 1/2 days of fishing on a backpacking trip where I caught over 40 fish on it, and a subsequent trip with multiple 18-22″ fish).

If you’re looking into a new knot, or are new to fly-fishing and want a simpler set of knots, give this one a try. It has become my “one tenkara knot”.



March 13 2012

Tenkara Knots – Back to the basics

At recent weeks I have had a chance to spend time with a lot of people who have been doing tenkara for sometime, and others who are completely new to it.

One thing I noticed was the need to tell “old-timers” and novices the same basic things regarding setting up the rod and some of the knots. Particularly, tying the line(s) to the rod tip, and tippet to level line and also the use of the line holders. Most experienced anglers are used to doing things in certain ways (e.g. most people think you should tie loops to the ends of the level line).

So, yesterday I spent some time making a video of the knots used in tenkara. I urge everyone to spend a few minutes reviewing the video, I believe you’ll see at least one or two new things in it, and some very simple ways to connect things together.