This journey I have taken since my first cast with a tenkara rod has truly been liberating. When I first started fishing tenkara I was a convert from western fly fishing and thus still had the match the hatch mentality. I never put much stock in one fly to rule them all mentality of true tenkara. Surely fish in Japan must be much dumber then the trout at the rivers I fished. Over time I began to experiment with my versions of sakasa kebari, tying them in a variety of colors and sizes, but again my thought process was tying them to match a specific bug. Luckily I eventually began tying and fishing fewer and fewer sizes and colors of kebari until I ultimately committed to a one fly approach last January. I was amazed at how productive my kebari worked. This past year was a very productive year in my journey in tenkara. My kebari consisting of badger hackle, UV dubbing, copper wire, black thread on a size 12 hook, seemed to do the trick everywhere.
It seemed all was right with my journey in tenkara but still I felt unfulfilled and began researching more and more about tenkara. I read every blog post and watched every video I could find. I tried to learn something from every post, video and article I could, even if it was what not to do or how not to think. Eventually I began seeing a pattern many of the people I held in high regard tied very simple kebari. I began thinking that perhaps I didn't need wire or dubbing. Could I just fish a kebari with just thread and hackle on a hook? I knew that my thread would be black and my hook size would be a #12 because most of the bugs in the waters I fished were generally that size and black was always a confidence color for me. So now I just needed to find a hackle I could have an equal amount of confidence. I though that the same badger hackle would be a great choice but began netting bugs in all the waters I fished. Most were black, dark green, or a dark grey. I realized I made the right choice with thread color but I needed something to make a good contrast but not overpower the black body. I decided to go with a natural grizzly hackle. I have had four successful trips since the first of the year and while I need more time on the water to know for sure, I believe I may have found a kebari that is quick to tie, takes very little material, while looking very buggy and catching fish. This may just be my confidence fly from here on out. Anyway if you would like to comment or ask any question please fill free. Also I posted a picture of my kebari after successfully fooling a spooky winter brown. Happy new year and mahalo for taking the time to stop by my blog.
|Black thread, grizzly hackle, tied on a size 12 hook, fooled this very spooky winter brown.|