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Tenkara Flies of the Day II

Tenkara Flies of the Day II

Rick Setina tied the fly below and says "I chose the sakasa kebariwith a black body and a red tail section. I  used grizzly hackle because that color combination did so well last fall  in the high sierra mountains of Mammoth Lakes. I try to make my flies  fairly bushy as far as the hackle goes. I feel the more action the  feathers produce in the water the better it attracts fish." I think this would work very well on a fast flowing mountain stream as well.

Erik Ostrander, who organized our first tenkara fly swap, created the midge tenkara fly below. Erik says, "For the second fly swap I tied a tenkara variation of my successful western fly called the "Drunken Midge". It's a very simple tie utilizing wine colored wire - hence the name. I have great success fishing this fly in the winter during the prolific midge hatches.  I've been wanting to tie a good tenkara style version of the Drunken Midge for some time now, and I believe my design holds true to the original pattern. I call this one <em>"Umeshu Midge"</em>, named after the Japanese liquor made from Ume, the Japanese Plum. The tie is quite simple. Mustad C49S hook in size 18 to 22, gray uni-thread, wine colored wire, and a grizzly hen hackle."