I like fishing for edible fish like Trout, Grayling, Eel, Perch, Zander, Pangasius, Tilapia, Rudd, Catfish, Roach and Bream.
Tenkara fly fishing is a simple type of fishing practiced in Japan, still largely unknown outside Japan. The appeal of tenkara is its elegant simplicity and thus extremely usefull for backpacking and kayaking. All you need is a rod, tenkara line and a fly (no reel). My kit is based on the Sawtooth package.
I use a Sawtooth rod, made by the Tenkara Rod Company. It’s a 3,6 meter, medium flexibel, telescopic rod, made out of 9 carbon fiber sections. It only weighs 91 grams, the packing size is 50 cm. It has a handle made of cork. As tenkara rods are typically longer than most other fishing rods, it has the distinct advantage of reaching across currents.
The Chartreuse and Orange lines I use with my rod is are 3,20 upto 3,60 meter, hand-crafted lines with single strand construction, a 3mm nickel alloy tippet ring (for easy attachment of the tippet) and an attachment loop for easy attachment to the rod. They are non-tapered, and perfectly weighted to cast of the same length or slightly shorter than the rod. I use Line Clips for on the go line storage. These clips connect to your rod and allow you to quickly store your line.
I’m frequently asked to share my line information, so here we go:
|Line (wt)||Tippet (X)||Fly sizes||Fish Weight||Fish|
|4 wt||3X||6 -14||500 gr||Pan fish, River Trout, small Bass|
|5 wt||4X||14 -20||750 gr||my goto line, as it is the”all-around” trout fisherman’s line weight, which covers virtually all trout-fishing situations.|
|6 wt||5X||18 -26||1 kg||Catfish, Smaller Salmon, Large Bass|
As the line is too thick to tie the fly directly, we use a tippet. A thinner than 0,2 mm, 30 cm upto 1 meter, line rated at 3 kg. I mostly use Rio Tenkara Rod Co. 4X Tippet, which comes in 27 meter spools, good for making approximately 45 tippets.
Artificial flies are used in tenkara fly-fishing. These are tied with thread, feathers and sometimes fur as in western fly-fishing. Traditionally a special reverse hackle wet-fly is used, which means that the feathers are angled towards the hook so the fly seems to ‘swim’ when pulling the line. My kit includes three sizes: size 14 as my standard fly, larger size 20 flies for bigger water and the smaller size 12 for when the others don’t work. I use flies without barbs.
This is an easy to clean Insta-Net with high impact plastic handle and special hand tooled leather pouch with extra deep and wide knotted nylon netting. Well sized for medium fish.
Net Size Open 37x50x53 cm (WxLxD). Collapsed 16x33X5 cm, with 2 inch long belt slots on back of pouch for fastening.
My Accessories Kit is a 420D Nylon Pouch, containing Nippers (for cutting lines), Forceps (for hooks further in the fish), Lochsa and Payette Paste Line Floatants (should I chose to use a floating setup. I also keep my spare lines and tippet in this pouch.
Tenkara Fishing Technique
I primarily use my Tenkara gear in mountain streams, fishing for Trout, Grayling, small Salmon and pan-fish. I guess the benefits of Tenkara fly fishing are the precise placement of the fly and the easy manipulation of the fly. The basics are as follows:
- I normally carry a ready-to-use kit.
- Arriving at a stream, I’ll take out my rod, unwind the line (8 turns) and I’m set to go!
- Tenkara fishing, to me, is checking out the main flow, eddies, foam patches, et cetera, to find fish.
- The techniques I use (I don’t use a floating line) are:
- letting the fly drift with the flow
- moving it up and down while drifting with the flow
- paused at a certain spot
- pause and drift
- cross stream pulling
- Use a landing net, turn the fish belly up with wet hands and unhook.
- smaller and not edible fish are released by holding them with their mouth against the current untill they swim away.
Lazy Trap Fishing
The most relaxed way of fishing is by using fish traps, ofwhich the simplest is this square net. It is placed on the river bottom. All you have to do is put bait like offal (fish guts or any other left over) in the little center pocket, lower it down to the river bottom, and check it every hour. It might take some stones to give it enough weight depending on the current. This is an awesome way to catch crustaceans, including shrimp, crab, lobster and crawfish.
This is my foldable ‘survival’ modern Longbow. It has an aerospace T6 aluminium body, epoxy composite fiber limbs and it uses a Dacron string. The draw weight is 60 pounds (270 N), which results in arrow speeds up to 252 km/h.
Bow dimensions: Length – 151 cm (strung), 59 cm (folded/stored).
I use 76 cm Carbon arrows, spine 500, weighing 24 grams. Outside diameter is 7,6 mm. For me weight is the primary reason to use carbon arrows, less wind drift, “flatter” shooting, durablity and good penetration thanks to a smaller diameter shaft also help. Carbon doesn’t bend like aluminum, so straightness issues are not a problem. The higher velocity of carbon arrows helps overcome errors in range estimation.
Arrow Heads / Points
I normally take Blunts and Judo’s with me, but depending on the region and laws, I can take my broadheads as well. I use my field points solely for target practising.
A. Blunt Points/Blunts
A flat or blunt arrow point used normally in hunting designed to kill small game by blunt force. Some blunts come with a rubber head that is a larger diameter than the shaft with small spikes, others are just a flat blunt end.
B. Field points
Field/Combination Points are sharpened and tapered bullet points that can be used in both target archery and hunting. These types of point are more ‘target saving’ when used for target archery as they don’t penetrate as far and wide as a bullet point would.
Wide flat bladed points that should only be used for hunting. This type of point causes an arrow to fly differently than other types of point as it introduces more surface into the aerodynamics of the arrow. A broadhead is designed to cause large wounds in the target and modern quality broadheads are as sharp as surgical tools.
D. Grabbing Points (JUDO)
A blunt point with small grabbing hooks that is designed to kill small game by blunt force.. When you shoot into leaves, dirt or grass arrows with other types of point have a tendency to bury themselves and become hard to find and retrieve, the grabbing hooks on these points are designed to help the arrow snag on the ground and flip up to make it easy to locate. These points can be expensive.