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Tagged With: sakasa kebari

A Cautionary Tale

  It’s difficult to admit, but several years ago I almost had to declare bankruptcy.  What precipitated this embarassment?  Stock market?  Loss of Job?  Gambling addiction?  No, it was fly tying.  Yes, FLY TYING.  This sad tale begins a decade or so ago, after having discarded my spinning gear in favor of a flyrod.  Sensing my … Continue reading »

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Coulda’ Knocked Me Over With A Hackle Feather!

  In the almost three years I’ve been tenkara angling on Spring Creek, I’ve yet to encounter another tenkara fisher.  But yesterday I met two anglers who recognized the type of rod I was using, one referring to my Iwana as “one of those Japanese rods” and the other actually calling it “tenkara” by name.  … Continue reading »

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Bakassa Kebari Vindicated

In an earlier post I included a video explaining the tying of the Bakassa Kebari, a tenkara fly I “invented” based upon the iconic tenkara fly, the sakasa kebari.  As you know, the sakasa kebari is a “reverse hackle” fly,  the hackle facing forward over the hookeye instead of backward as in a traditional Western … Continue reading »

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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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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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