You don’t need to use tenkara flies when tenkara fly-fishing. You can use any flies used in traditional fly-fishing and tenkara rods can effectively cast and present a wide range of traditional fly patterns. However, for the best results, most tenkara anglers use tenkara flies with fly patterns designed specifically for the tenkara style of fishing.
There are various fly patterns that work well for tenkara fishing. The effectiveness of a particular fly pattern can depend on your specific fishing conditions, the target species, and the insects or food sources available in the water. Traditionally, tenkara anglers fish a lot of unweighted wet flies. Dry flies are a good option for tenkara since there is no drag on the line. Nymphs are also a good option for tenkara fishing as the tight line allows for very sensitive takes. You should observe the water, pay attention to insect activity, and adapt your tenkara technique and fly selection accordingly.
In Japanese tenkara fishing, the emphasis is on the presentation of the fly, unlike in traditional fly-fishing where the emphasis is on imitating an insect to catch fish. So, unlike flies used in Western fly-fishing that are made to look like particular insects, tenkara flies are simple flies that don’t necessarily look like a particular insect.
Tenkara flies are designed to imitate the natural movement and behavior of insects on the water rather than a specific insect. The emphasis should be on your tenkara casting accuracy and using technique that aims to mimic how an insect acts and looks to a fish near the water’s surface and trigger a strike.
Being a novice fly fisherman with zero experience in Tenkara, I found the learning curve to be very easy - with the help from Tenkara USA's instruction videos.
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I have enjoyed my Tenkara fishing experiences. My son and I have gone out on many occasions and both enjoy the time on the water and catching fish on the Tenkara rods.
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The Tenkara kit together with the Hane rod were perfect - purchased two sets for my son and me. As first time anglers and also new to tenkara, this set up and all the helpful info (on line and YouTube) that Tenkara USA provided helped us start our tenkara journey with a bang during our recent backpacking trip to Yosemite Ten Lakes! Thank you!
Provides a new approach to fishing, especially targeting fish, dry fly or nymph, on small to medium
streams with varying currents and objects such as boulders etc.
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Best fly rod I've owned! Intuitive, caught fish within 30 minutes first time out.