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.
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.
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.