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Getting Close?

Posted by on January 27, 2014

white fly, sakasa kebari variant

white fly, parachute

Since adopting tenkara (at least in a reeless sense), I have continued largely fishing my old tried-and-true flies, although prior to tenkara I had already pared the number to just a few:  parachute mayflies, elk hair caddis, beetles, ants, and pheasant tail nymphs.  As described in earlier posts, a favorite of mine on my home water is what I call the parachute white fly:  white antron post, white thread body, and the lightest cream hackle I can find.  Recently, though, I have been experimenting with a sakasa kebari-type white fly consisting of just thread and hackle.

Last week one of those rare 60-degree winter days presented itself and it was off to the stream.  As is almost always the case, my wife and I began angling at the boulder pool, where we can almost always be sure of a morning mayfly hatch.  We were not disappointed.  Sunny and forty degrees, mayflies about size 20 were “cooking off” the water’s surface, and the trout had definitely taken notice.  In lieu of the parachute, I attached a #20 white sakasa kebari to five feet of 5X tippet attached to the 12′ line on my Iwana.  I applied floatant just to the hackle so that the body of the fly would remain submerged, emerger style.

I won’t bore you with the particulars, but this proved just as effective as the parachute and can be tied in less than half the time.  So, I’m not a one-fly tenkara angler yet, but I have simplified my flytying and fly selection a bit more.  Maybe I’m getting there…

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