Thursday, June 13, 2013

Ten Colors of Confidence

  Many people who switch from western fly fishing to tenkara get caught up in the old adage "match the hatch". While fishing western I would say this is completely true because you are unable to manipulate the fly in the same way as you can with a tenkara rod. Tenkara on the other had frees the angler from any box and allows them to fish a single kebari any way they please. It only takes the angler finding a kebari they like and then putting in the work on the stream. Some will say that tying kebari to match the bugs in the water will improve your catch rate and, when I first began fishing tenkara I too believed this, However I have come to find the color of the kebari truly doesn't matter. There is an old adage from tenkara about ten colors. Some have taken that to the extreme and push the limits to a point where many will argue if they are even fishing tenkara. Ten colors to me simply means there are many combinations of colors and materials that will provide confidence in each angler. That is truly what the term traditional tenkara is all about, finding confidence in one kebari and the angler's skill set. That said, generic simple colors seem to work best for me. The kebari I use is tied with black thread, black dubbing, copper wire and badger hackle. I will admit, while the design does not change hook size does depending on season. During the winter I will tie my kebari on a Owner mosquito hook, in size 8. I feel the curved angle and super sharp tip leads to more positive hook sets when dead drifting my kebari. The winter for me is all about as little movement I can get and more about positioning my kebari in the right runs. For the rest of the year my hook is a simple Umpqua 101 Nymph in a size 10. I impart a lot of different techniques during the warmer months from riding the kebari on top, to quick pops against the current. This hook not only improves my hook up rate but also gives me the longer profile that I am looking for. Trout don't only eat bugs, and the kebari can imitate small fleeing minnow as well as a bug, depending on the action the angler imparts. I feel very confident that I can take my kebari to any cold water river system in the world that support trout like species and catch fish. This may seem arrogant to some but trust me it is not about that, but instead it is simple confidence in my kebari and knowing my techniques are sound. So with that I would encourage you to find your confidence kebari. It could be any color combination you want, because the real trick is time on the water building the confidence. I wish you tight lines and hope reading this has inspired you to give traditional tenkara , or should I say weightless tenkara another try. I will post some videos of how I get my kebari down deep soon, so keep an eye on my YouTube Channel TenkaraElevated801, also you can follow me on Google plus, Facebook and Twitter by putting in Tenkara Elevated. Mahalo for your time and get off the computer and go fish!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the post. I'd say I'm an 'experienced' angler as well. Done some guiding etc. I've had my tenkara for about 2 weeks, fished it 3 times. Don't know that i'll go back to western at this point.

    When i was growing up, fishing streams in the wilderness of southern CO, me my father, and my grandfather used three flies. Rio grande kings, royal coachmens, and grey hackles. My grandfather never casted a dead drift. He was always pulling and manipulating. He had the most accurate cast I've seen.

    I learned entomology, dead drifts and nymphing techniques as I got older., And was taught, pulling against the current is silly, throw on a double nymph with split and dead drift. And my fly box grew. But I never forgot those techniques and 'accidents' catching fish.

    Well, I've come alive again with tenkara. I pulsed the kebari twice and caught fish both times. Swinging the fly like I did with those attractors landed fish again. What a fun way to fish. I haven't thrown away my box yet and will see if that happens. I'm just excited to know those older, tenkara techniques still live. And I believe my 5 weight will get some dust.