Wow. What a wonderful video put together by Daniel Galhardo and Tenkara USA. It’s a little bit longer than most (over 8 minutes) but well worth the time:
From the video’s description:
Mr. Yuzo Sebata is one of the most well-known tenkara anglers in Japan. He keeps his fly-fishing simple and enjoys backpacking in the mountains of Japan catching trout and foraging for mushrooms. When we went backpacking together, he brought along a very simple fly-tying kit, which he pulled out at our camp by the stream and proceeded to tie a fly. Watch to see how he ties flies without a vise and with very simple materials.
It’s no secret that Isaac Tait of Fallfish Tenkara has been a very big part of the success of Tenkara Angler magazine. His contributions to the various issues have been tremendous, and his content has brought us all a little bit closer to tenkara and culture in Japan.
The other day, Isaac posted a 2016 “Year in Review” post at Fallfish Tenkara. It’s full of photos, and specifically, the video also embedded below. Do yourself a favor and go over to his post by clicking THIS LINK as well as watching the associated video.
The video has beautiful sights from all over Japan, however, if you’re specifically interested in
fishing footage, it begins around the 3:00 mark.
There was a wonderful profile of Japanese tenkara Master, Yuzo Sebata posted to the FishingVision.tv website the other day. Translated into English, the 20-minute video takes us on stream with Sebata-san, and gives us insight into his background as an angler & naturalist.
It’s a very interesting watch if you have not already viewed it.
Note: Some people have issues viewing this video on their mobile devices. If you encounter the same issue, most are able to view on a laptop/desktop by visiting THIS LINK.
Several iterations of the Fishing Cafe featuring Dr. Ishigaki have been making the rounds of social media. I thought it would be nice to post the full-length, 52-minute version here, for ease of locating. (A shorter 11-minute cut can also be found).
While it is a Japanese-language film, they were kind enough to subtitle it in English. Hope you enjoy the show!
Fishing Café is the show that introduces fishing techniques in Japan. In this episode, Hisao Ishigaki takes us on a journey to discover the secrets of the Japanese fly fishing style, Tenkara. With only a rod, the line, and a fly, Tenkara is one of the simplest ways of fishing and has gained much popularity over recent years. Despite this modern phenomenon, Tenkara has been around in Japan over 100 years. Dr. Ishigaki takes us to learn the history behind this simple yet deep technique of Japanese fly fishing.
Tenkara-ya recently made limited quantities of lines produced by Yuzo Sebata available in their online store. This gives the tenkara angler the unique opportunity to fish a product not otherwise widely available outside of Japan.
From the Tenkara-ya website:
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.
Isaac Tait, author of the Fallfish Tenkara website/blog, has contributed some very entertaining essays to the last two issues of Tenkara Angler. For those that frequent his site, his skills as a wordsmith come as no surprise.
Recently, Isaac published a new post to Fallfish Tenkara, Overlanding & Tenkara, in which he chronicled a recent trip where he took some friends on an off-road adventure through the Tanzawa Mountains of Japan. Wonderful writing & photos!
Japanese outdoor lifestyle brand South2 West8 has published their Spring 2016 Fish & Bike look book on their website. Featuring some beautiful on stream & trail photography, if you enjoy tenkara, trout, and fat tire bikes, this will be your speed.
A few observations in paging through; appears South2 West8 offers a co-branded Sakura Kongo tenkara rod as well as some “tenkara specific” shirt/jackets that accommodate a collapsed rod.