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Flies of the "First Tenkara Fly Swap"

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Flies of the "First Tenkara Fly Swap"

Postby jayfisher » Thu Jan 13, 2011 7:37 pm

Hopefully we can put the First Tenkara Fly Swap photos, tying recipes, and videos into one separate thread.

The original fly swap thread was getting very long and some forum members have expressed interest in the recipes for tying the flies. Daniel, please feel free to move or change this thread if you wish (and Erik too).

Our appreciation to Erik Ostrander for initiating and organizing the "First Tenkara Fly Swap," Daniel for facilitating the swap through this Forum, and everyone who participated and commented. Since this might be the first tekara fly swap in the West, this might be a small bit of fishing history.

-Jack :)

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Erik Ostrander's list of the swap participants:

gentleshepard
jayfisher
wrknapp
CM_Stewart
257ROBT
masjc1
Daniel@TenkaraUSA
Kuhlow
goneflyfishing
ezpickens aka Anthony
Wupperfischer
erik.ostrander
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Re: Flies from "First Tenkara Fly Swap"

Postby goneflyfishing » Thu Jan 13, 2011 8:41 pm

OK, I will take the first stab. Unfortunately it's only a picture of my fly and not a video. Maybe that's something in the future when my wife get's her new fancy camera I promised her for Christmas.

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Recipe Blue Poison Sakasa Kebari
Hook: caddis hook, size 16
Thread: peacock blue, 70 denier
Ribbing: silver tinsel, round
Bead: blue glass 1/15
Tail: Rickneck Pheasant Hackle tip
Hackle: Ringneck Pheasant
Collar: dark olive prism dubbing

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“Jack’s Reversed Herl Kebari”

Postby jayfisher » Thu Jan 13, 2011 11:44 pm

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Hook: TMC 2457
Body: Olive Pearsall’s Silk. (I prefer Corticelli Silk, but Corticelli has become hard to obtain.)
Head: Black Pearsall’s Silk.
Reversed thorax in front of the hackle: One or two strands of peacock herl.
Hackle: Furnace saddle (brown with black center)

This is one of my favorites. What makes it different is that in the spirit of tenkara the peacock herl thorax is also reversed along with the hackle. I put the peacock herl thorax in front of the hackle instead of behind. The fly is tied with silk thread and brown-black (“furnace”) hackle. Silk changes color in water and becomes more translucent. Change thread and hackle color for different fly variations.

The easiest tying is to tie the rear half of the fly first. I tie in the back of the fly first with olive thread from the half-way point on the hook shank and extending down the curve of the hook to accentuate fly curvature.

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Tie the forward half with black silk. Tie in the thread starting from the hook eye back to meet the green silk. You can substitute regular thread for the silk of course.

Wrap the herl. When winding the herl, twist herl around the thread to strengthen it on the fly. At this stage, adding a couple soft hackle fibers for legs makes a good nymph.

Use no head cement on silk because cement interferes with the silk’s translucence. To tie the silk thread securely use several whip finishes.

One dozen flies ready to be sent to the fly swap!

-Jack :D
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Re: Flies of the "First Tenkara Fly Swap"

Postby Daniel @ Tenkara USA » Fri Jan 14, 2011 2:10 pm

Here is the video I made while tying my fly, I have to get a picture of it here. I particularly like this fly for larger rivers, places with larger bugs, and, yes, places with larger fish too:

REALLY NOT PARTICULAR ABOUT MY RECIPE, but just in case:
Hook: Size 8 long shank
Thread: rope :)
Hackle: Ginger neck

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Re: Flies of the "First Tenkara Fly Swap"

Postby CM_Stewart » Fri Jan 14, 2011 8:04 pm

I certainly hope someone with a good camera takes photos of all the flies rather than leaving it to us to do our own. My cell phone just isn't up to it.
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Re: “Jack’s Reversed Herl Kebari”

Postby TJ @ Tenkara USA » Fri Jan 14, 2011 8:08 pm

jayfisher

What a beautiful fly you made. Diggn it.

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Re: Flies of the "First Tenkara Fly Swap"

Postby Daniel @ Tenkara USA » Sat Jan 15, 2011 12:17 pm

By the way, I just noticed Kuhlow has the pictures in his site.
Kuhlow would you mind posting those here or letting me post them? By the way, Kuhlow, noticed you are the lucky one to have gotten my fly without the white butt. That is the prize fly, and you'll be getting some tenkara tea in the mail....thought it would be fun to have one different fly to mix things up a bit...but now I'll have to take a picture of my original fly :)

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Re: Flies of the "First Tenkara Fly Swap"

Postby Arson » Sat Jan 15, 2011 1:56 pm

WOW! These flies are impressive. I wish I had joined the forum in time to join in on this fly swap. I would have gotten some damn good flies!
Next time....
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Re: Flies of the "First Tenkara Fly Swap"

Postby jayfisher » Sat Jan 15, 2011 3:07 pm

Tj:
Thank you - and now that you're tying your own flies, keep us posted on your new flies too.

Arson:
Yes, all these flies are so cool. I'm really enjoying looking every fly in this swap.

I wish open trout season (and warmer weather!) started next week so I try these patterns.

-Jack

Added:

Kiwi:
You have great photos of the flies on your site. And btw your blog is beautiful with a great feeling for rivers and seasons.

It seems like half of the participants in the fly swap have blogs or journals (ezpickens/Anthony). I've never quite become a blogger, but these great blogs might make me reconsider!
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Re: Flies of the "First Tenkara Fly Swap"

Postby gentleshepherd » Sat Jan 15, 2011 8:59 pm

My Flies showed up yesterday and I am truly impressed by what has been sent. A photo gallery of the ties would be great!
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