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Tying the Ishigaki kebari

Dr. Hisao Ishigaki is the most prominent tenkara angler Japan and is our main advisor at Tenkara USA. In 2009 he showed us how to tie the ishigaki tenkara fly, or ishigaki kebari, a very simple fly he ties with sewing thread and hackle. Tying the ishigaki kebari is an easy way to get into fly-tying

May 22, 2014

Dr. Ishigaki, the most renowned tenkara angler in Japan, shows us that tying tenkara flies can be pretty simple. Tenkara fly patterns come in all shapes, but you don’t need a lot of them. In fact, Dr. Ishigaki has been using this one pattern for over 10 years now.

Here’s how the ties the “Ishigaki kebari”

Fly tying materials for the Ishigaki kebari:

1) Sewing thread (black mostly, but he occasionally uses light color threads, like tan or gray)

2) Cheap hackle (any hackle is fine, really)

3) Size 12 barbless hook

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2 Responses to Tying the Ishigaki kebari

  1. Steve Yalisove says:

    Where is the list of materials?

    • Daniel says:

      Steve, just updated it. It somehow got cut off when I was building the page. Pretty simple really: sewing thread, hackle and hook

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