Tenkara fishing is a fly fishing variant that originated from Japan. It originally uses bamboo as the rod, nylon threads as lines, and feather or fur flies. It sounds primitive because it was used over 200 years ago in Japan. It was only recently introduced in the USA.
Types of Tenkara Flies
Tenkara flies come in different types. They are grouped according to three categories; the dry flies, the wet flies, and the all-purpose flies. As the name suggests, dry flies are flies that do not get wet when it is cast into the water. Wet flies are Tenkara that sink and get wet when casting into the water. All-purpose flies can both float and sink depending on how you use the flies.
The essential Tools Needed for Tenkara Flies
Attaching Tenkara flies to the tippet requires several tools. One of these tools includes the fly tying vise. This vise is used to hold your fly so you can tie it easily. You can opt to hold the hook with your hands but it is very difficult especially if you just starting out. A vise can cost you money but it is a very durable and useful device to have. The next thing you will need is a bobbin. You can use this to hold the thread in place and put tension on it while you are tying the fly. You will also need scissors that were specifically made for fly tying purposes. These scissors are smaller and have fine tips that allow you to precisely cut excess materials from your fly or thread. Optional tools are also available. You don’t need to own them but having them can help. An example is a bodkin. It is basically a needle with a handle which is used to put cement on a fly. Again, some fishers do not put cement on their flies but if you do, you will need this.