How do I practise Tenkara? 

Now lets go fishing!

I will take it completely from the start from the neccesary gear to rigging and finally catching a fish!

 

The gear that you need are as followed:

1 A couple of flies

2 A line between 15 and 22 pound breakingstrength

3 Tippet material

4 *Silverrings

5 A tenkara rod

6 forceps

7* A net

8* Floatant material

9 Linespool

(* optional)

The flies which are used within Tenkara are different from what we within   traditional fly fishing are used to but you can basically use any fly. The typical Tenkara flies are made with a reversed hackle and a really long time ago they had no eyes on the hooks so they made a loop (the one with the orange tag). They made them with a reversed hackle to create a life like appearance. They can use it as a floating fly and if the fly is sinking you can pull it slightly through the watercolomn and the fibres of the hackle will move backwards and upwards when sinking back down again.

 

 

 

 

Okè, now rigging from the beginning. You take the rod and the line. Make a loop in the line.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then you pull the tip from the tenkara rod out. You will see a red tag on it with a knot in it. This is called the lilian.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now pul the main line through the loop and you wil create a second bigger loop. Are you still with me now?

 

 

 

 

 

 

You push the lilian two times two the second loop. You keep the lilian with your fingers in place and you pull the main line and the loops tight. The line is now safely secured to the lilian.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now you completely extend your rod and you make the line 20cm longer then your rod. These 20 cm are necessary to create a loop or to attach a silverring. Personally I like to use the silverring. To the silverring you can attach your tippet and to that your fly. Take as a standard for the tippet 5X in strength and diametre.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The knot that I use to attach a silverring, tippetmaterial and a fly is always the same; it is a improved clinch knot

You are know completely rigged up and ready to start fishing!

 

Well, you might say, how about the casting then? How do I do that?

Hmmmm, lets see. How should I explain this one?

Well for those of you that really cant wait with fishing, take the hook in your hand, pull it backwards so that the rod makes a very nice bend. Now point the rod at the place where ou want the fly to land and let go. This is what we call the bow and arrow cast. Very easy, anyone can do it but it is not so efficient if you use this cast all day long. But if you have a tough spot to reach just under a bush this is the one to use!

 

 

But basic casting within Tenkara is a lot easier to learn then within traditional fly fishing. There is a fixed line so there are no false casts necessary. Just a back- and a frontcast and you are fishing! In comparison with traditional fly fishing are you not casting paralel to watersurface, you are casting more diagonally.

 

- Put one foot in front of the other ( left foot when casting right handed)

- Point the rod straight forward but keep your elbow beside you!

- Then move your rod slightly upwards. Instead of having the rod horizontal or parralel over the the waterside it is pointing diagonally towards 10 o'clock. This is your starting position.

- Make a back cast and make a stop when your hand reaches your face, your cheek to be precise (12 o'clock). Do not use to much energy!

- Follow the line and watch it stretch out. When it just starts to stretch out look back at the point where you want the fly to land and make the frontcast.

- The line follows the movement of the rod so point the rod while making the movement to the spot where you want our fly to land .

- Stop the rod at 10 o'clock, your startpoint

- Keep the rod at 10 o'clock and let the fly land

These two movements are literally a back- and frontcast. If you go sideways your fly will not land at the spot that you want it to land because your movement is going somewhere else then your eyes are aiming for. The rod follows your movements and reflects that towards the line, tippet and finally the fly. And remember, it is more a movement from your underarm and wrist, not so much your elbow or shoulder

Please make this into an effortless movement! You will be amazed how little power you need. With effortless I also mean effortless, when you are relaxed things will come more natural. And trust me, when you do overpower you will feel it and you will have very quickly a fatigue in your wrist, underarm, elbow or shoulder. And that is not what we want, we are out there to have fun don't we?