I’m going to tell you a little secret… I don’t like to tie flies.
Many anglers really love it, but honestly I find myself tying flies out of necessity more than anything else. I have a confidence fly that I use, and no commercial tyers really tie it. So I have to. That said, I fully appreciate the art and utility of tying flies. I’m always looking for different patterns to emulate; especially those that are proven winners for those that fish them.
The Tenkara Angler team is going to spend a little time together fishing some wonderful water in North Carolina later this week. I found my fly box rather empty following a Summer of fishing. Thus, I decided to seek that inspiration and tie up a few authentic patterns as outlined in Discover Tenkara’s Complete Kebari Collection.
For those not familiar with Discover Tenkara; John Pearson & Paul Gaskell are not only skilled anglers, but wonderful tenkara ambassadors. They’ve traveled to Japan on multiple occasions to learn straight from the “Masters” themselves. In doing so, they’ve brought their learnings back and have done a great job curating them into interactive courses. The Complete Kebari Collection is one such course. I mean this is as legit as it gets.
While they’ve fiddled around with different platforms over the past few years to deliver their Tenkara Academy to subscribing customers, they’ve really made this resource extremely customer friendly with their latest website update.
It starts in a learning center, where you can purchase courses à la carte…
And then once within, each course provides an overview write up, including lesson by lesson navigation. These “lessons” make it an easy way to consume this information, and in the case of The Complete Kebari Collection, includes twelve individual fly tying video tutorials, as well as several bonus materials – twenty lessons in all.
How’d It Go?
In any event, I spent a little time at the computer over the past weekend watching John Pearson’s course. Then a little more time at my vise and was totally surprised with the outcome. This was easy, and I almost dare say enjoyable. 🙂
Worth Checking Out
Yes, the wraps are messy and the hackle isn’t perfectly proportioned, but if I can do it, anybody can. Now off to the Appalachians to see if these Japanese (& British) inspired patterns catch some American fish!
If you’re interested in The Complete Kebari Collection, follow this link to learn more and purchase. I reached out to tell Paul about this article, and he’s going to extend a 10% discount to Tenkara Angler readers. So make sure to use coupon code TA10 during checkout.
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