Freshwater anglers in Japan are known to have been using flies to imitate insects by using silk, fur and feathers, at least as long as 430 years ago, but this art probably goes much farther back, possibly as long as 5th or 6th century. As tenkara fly fishing puts a lot of emphasis on the presentation of flies rather than accurate imitation, tenkara flies have developed to be very effective at catching trout while remaining simple and versatile patterns. We worked with tenkara fly collector and expert, Mr. Yoshikazu Fujioka, to come up with a series of flies that represent traditional tenkara patterns of various regions in Japan. And we are also featuring the simple, yet elegant fly pattern taught to us by renowned tenkara angler Dr. Hisao Ishigaki, the Ishigaki Kebari. Ishigaki-san, Fujioka-san, domo arigatou gozaimazu!
Because flies are normally chosen based on the pattern, size and color needed for the situation, we have decided to offer our flies in a set of 3 flies in a vial containing the pattern and size you choose. Our flies come in a glass vial that can be used to store your flies, study insects on the stream, or even serve to collect and exhibit your flies, though we really recommend you fish with them.
Notes: kebari is the Japanese word for fly, and sakasa is the Japanese term for the characteristic reverse hackle.
Prices are for a set of 3 flies in a glass jar as pictured at right.