Over the last few months I have been able to create some new friendships with fellow Tenkara anglers, some of which were very generous by sharing some of their flies with me. Today I want to share with you the flies of Joe Leal of California and Chris Steward (Tenkarabum) of New York.
The flies are absolutively gorgeous and I am sure I will fee hesitant to tie them to the end of the tippet. But alas, flies are to be fished, even if they are works of art.
Chris' flies are simple North Country style soft hackle flies, tied as purple & snipe, inspired by a discussion about fly colors we had a while ago on a forum.
Joe's flies are tied as Sakasa Kebari's which some of them are Sakasa Kebari Takayama (with peacock herl collar). The special thing about his flies are that the hackle, which is typically a soft hackle feather from a game bird such partridge or pheasant, has been substituted with CDC. I think this is a great idea since they can be fished both as a dry fly if properly treated as well as a emerger and wet fly. If you haven't fished or tied with CDC, you should definitively give it a try.
CHRIS STEWART NORTH COUNTRY SOFT HACKLE PURPLE & SNIPE
JOE LEAL SAKASA KEBARI / SAKASA KEBARI TAKAYAMA FLIES:
JOE LEAL CDC & ELK - without the Elk: