Known as “Tani no Okina (Old man of the valley)”, a living legend of genryu tenkara fishing, Yuzo Sebata is probably the most well-known tenkara master of Japan. When he was in his early 20s, he met “Nikko Tenkara method”, that was inherited by very limited number of mountain people secretly. He mastered Nikko Tenkara the end of the struggle, and subsequent years of mountain stream fishing career and practices he has developed that method by himself. Long furled taper line called “Sebata Line” and his kebaris called “Sebata Kebari” are especially famous.
The characteristic of Sebata Line is its flexibility and weight distribution. The line is furled with 4 to 6 supple nylon lines, and it has good weight for casting. You can cast the line very comfortably with 6:4 or 7:3 tenkara rods. This exquisite weight distribution and flexibility of the line does not allow the follow-up of other products.
Back in 2009-2010, when tenkara was still but a minor curiosity in the American angling scene, there was a pretty tight knit group of early adopters, most of which used forums, such as the Tenkara USA forum, and blogs to ask questions, communicate ideas, and explore new concepts, all centered around fixed line fly fishing. Everyone was learning from each other, there were no “experts,” self-professed or otherwise.
One of the best early blogs was Tenkara Adventurer, written by Laurent Marshall. It was such an enjoyable read, as he was trying many things, such as tying Zenmai fern flies, building Horsehair lines, wearing “Shower Climbing” shoes, all the while pairing them with beautiful photography & writing.
If you have the opportunity, please do yourself a favor and visit Tenkara Adventurer, particularly the posts from 2010. You won’t regret this look back in time.
Not sure what Laurent is doing these days; wonder if he still fishes his tenkara rods?
With the help of some awesome contributions, we’vee-published 3 issues so far, and the readership is growing with each! The online version of the Spring 2016 issue has accumulated over 16,000 views in the month or so it’s been live and I’d love to open up submissions for the Summer 2016 issue today.
Articles, photography, art, essays, “how-tos,” fly tying, travel, if it’s tenkara related, it’s all fair game. You don’t need to be a professional writer or photographer to participate, just willing to share. If you’re interested, (or even mildly curious), there’s more information on the submission process HERE.
The Spring 2016 issue is embedded below. There were a lot of fantastic contributions from across the tenkara community, would love to have you as a part of the next issue!
One of the best sources of “instructional” tenkara information available today also happens to be free. The email tutorials distributed by Discover Tenkara are wonderfully written and full of tips and techniques that are certain to make you more effective on the water. Once you subscribe, they simply show up in your Inbox every few days making it easy to consume at your leisure.
Luong Tam of Tenkara Tanuki teased an upcoming collaboration with Jeff Lomino (Riverworks) on a limited edition of his popular Snow Tanuki rods.
“Here is a first Prototype Mockup for Snow Tanuki 375 Custom grip. Next step will be selection Color Cork …. More to come. It is going to be very limited — We are planing for no more than a Dozen of Snow 375 2016 Special Edition. Price: less than or about $400 USD.”
Luong is designing some beautiful rods. If you are not familiar, they are worth checking out.