To start with, I thought to start with a basic Sakasa Kebari. This is my first video attempt. I finally have the lighting where you can see what I'm doing.
Hook: Size 12, Montana Fly Company 7009, Light wire, Up Eye, Scud Hook
Thread: 8/0 Black UNI-thread
Hackle: Hen Pheasant
I always pinch down the barb of the hook with pliers prior to tying any fly. Start the thread at the eye of the and take ten or eleven wraps back.
Take the feather (any feather will work, hen pheasant, Partridge, Grouse, Brama Hen, Rooster saddle hackle, Starling, etc.). Pull off the fluff. Hold the feather by the tip (except for Starling, tie that in by the stem, the tip is very fragile) and stoke the fibers backwards. You will have a little "V" at the tip. This will be the tie in point of the feather. Hold the feather by the tip with the concave side of the feather down over the eye of the hook. Tie in the feather where the thread stopped and bind down the tip.
I like to move my thread out of the way to wrap the hackle. Use hackle pliers on the end of the stem. Pull thee feather straight up and with wet fingers, push the fibers forward. Wrap the hackle towards the back. When you have the amount of hackle on the fly as you want, tie down the hackle and trim. Trim any stray fibers that are pointing backward.
Build a slightly tapered body behind the hackle and whip finish at the back of the body.
Thursday, June 20, 2013
This post isn't specifically about tying Tenkara flies. I'll get started on that in my next post.
Let me preface this with that I have nothing against bass fishing and the good people that pursue the Largemouth Bass. They are a worthy fish and a challenge to catch. So, there I was, standing in the middle of this entire bass fishing gear menagerie at a large outdoor store, when I had a Tenkara epiphany. Sometimes you can’t control when or where these moments hit you. I realized that Tenkara is a really simple method of fishing and that I know now why I have embraced Tenkara as my preferred method of fishing. What was I doing in this section of a large outdoor store in the first place? I was looking for small metal split rings used in lure making for my wife to use in her jewelry that she makes. I find all sorts of wonderful materials to use on my flies in the bead shop she buys her supplies from so I thought to look in an outdoor store for these split rings in the fishing section. I figured that these small split rings used for lures would be of sufficient strength for use in her jewelry since they are strong enough to hold a hook to a lure with a large, struggling fish attached to it. Here is one of her pieces.
I was looking through aisle after aisle of plastic worms, plastic lizards, frogs, spinner baits, crank baits, jerk baits, spinners, jigs, spoons, casting rods, spinning rods, monofilament lines, and braided lines. I realized how complicated and expensive bass fishing can be. And that doesn’t even include a bass boat to get you out on the lake, which can go up to $70,000 with live well, electric trolling motor, 3-D color- side scanning sonar to find the fish, and a 250 HP engine to get you there first. The sophistication and technology that has evolved around the sport of bass fishing is amazing.
Do you know that some plastic baits are coffee scented? Since when do bass know what coffee is and do some bass insist on decaf? Does a bass prefer strawberry, watermelon, raspberry, or blueberry flavored 14 inch plastic worms or it does depend on which fruit is currently in season? There is just so much equipment when it comes to modern bass fishing that it makes my mind just spin round and round. There’s just too much stuff between you and the fish. There is no connection to what you’re doing.
Thank goodness that I found Tenkara. With just a rod, line, and fly I can catch trout, bluegill, crappie, and carp if I am daring enough along with many other fishes. I can even catch bass. It doesn’t even matter which fly I use. Presentation is the key to catching fish using Tenkara. I don’t have to think about hard plastics, soft plastics, buzz baits, crack baits, or anything else. I have to be “In the Moment”, observing what is going on around me and in the water. I have to be able to read the water to know where the fish are holding so I can precisely present my fly to the fish. Using my Tenkara rod, I feel that I have a direct connection to the fish through only the rod and line and I am more in tune with nature, which renews the spirit and soul. My Grand-dad once told me, “You can’t worry and fish at the same time.” This is so true with Tenkara.
I never did find the small split rings, but I found Tenkara.