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Monthly Archives: July 2012

Bakassa Kebari

If you fish tenkara, you’re familiar with the sakasa kebari, the iconic reverse hackle fly.  As I was contemplating that pattern, I wondered, “what if I reversed the reverse hackle by tying it near the bend of the hook facing backwards, in effect making a reverse reverse-hackle fly?”  Would this be an even more effective … Continue reading »

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Ants: They’re Not Just For Breakfast Anymore

Riddle:  What lives on land but prefers to be in the water?  Answer:  The Tenkara Ambassador. As you may have surmised from previous posts, I fish terrestrial patterns a lot, e.g., the Beetle Kebari.  If a big, beefy beetle is the trout’s main course, surely an ant is dessert.  I find ant patterns effective year-round, … Continue reading »

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Thanks, Son

I want to take this opportunity to thank my son, B.C., for recognizing my passion for tenkara and writing (and “opinionating”) and for conceiving of this blog,  largely setting it up for me, realizing my limited knowledge of most things internet. B.C. is a professional, a loving father and devoted husband, a Coloradoan with an … Continue reading »

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Sakasa Kebari, RIP?

I read a post recently on the web.  In that well-written essay, the author explains how, in his earlier incarnation as a “regular” fly angler, he had become so obsessed with insects, their identification, and their life-stages that he became virtually paralyzed on the stream trying to identify which insect the trout were consuming, which stage of that … Continue reading »

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North Fork of the St. Vrain River, the Movie

The North Fork of the St. Vrain river in Rocky Mountain National Park is quintessential tenkara water.  If you’re seeking a less crowded angling experience in the Park than, say, the Roaring, Big Thompson, or Fall rivers, I would suggest checking it out  

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Parents Should Save the Earth

There’s an excellent essay on climate change on today’s “The Daily Beast” website.  It’s called “Parents Should Save the Earth”, and I would encourage everyone to read it.

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The Specter of the Blind Trout

  In sleep you visit me.  Most vulnerable then, in somnolent confusiom, I’m unable to banish you.  You “stare” at me with that angry empty red eye socket, finning against the current,  and scream,”why?” I can only respond, “I don’t know why.”  I only know I cannot stop.  Don’t get me wrong, I feel really bad … Continue reading »

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Takayama Sakasa Kebari

I hope Ashley Valentine doesn’t mind I copped this photo from her website, but I have to say that Chris Stewart’s tie of the Takayama Sakasa Kebari is an excellent example of the flytier’s craft.  This is a fly that one immediately and instictively recognizes as a “trout fly.”  The colors, proportions, symmetry and profile … Continue reading »

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Orvis Embraces Tenkara

I just read on Chris Stewart’s Tenkarabum blog that Orvis is now marketing TenkaraUSA’s 12′ Iwana rod as a package with line and flies.  I confirmed this on the Orvis website. Tenkara has really arrived!

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Fishing the North Fork, St. Vrain River

Copeland Falls Picking Pockets Try That With A Four-Weight Last summer, I finally had the opportunity to fish the North Fork of the St. Vrain River.  This is the stream that, along with the South Fork and Middle Fork, forms the St. Vrain river made famous by John Gierach  .A year earlier, while hiking to … Continue reading »

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