I have been relegated into my man cave, doing some fly tying under the guidance of my daughter who has an excellent sense for interesting color combinations. She discovered my fly tying bead box and showed a lot of interest in it, so some of the flies I have been tying had a bead incorporated and I have to say, I would be surprised if those flies would not catch fish. Also, I have been tying some simple sewing thread body flies (aka Ishigaki Kebaris) with a grizzly hackle that look like I could convince a trout here and there to sample them. Those are quick and dirty ties (and they will certainly not win any beauty contests!), and tying with sewing thread is not as clean as with your standard 6/0 or 8/0 tying thread.
That being said, not all is quiet in the world of Tenkara:
- Jason at Tenkara Talk is crunching out posts like crazy - I wonder if this is now his full time job ;-). Please go check out his blog posts, they are well written and thought through. Also, Jason is a very accomplished fly tier and his flies look the part
- Daniel Galhardo of Tenkara USA wrote an article on Long Line Tenkara and Eric Ostrander of Tenkara Guides LLC wrote an article on Tenkara Fishing in Rivers, both over at TenkaraBum
- Tenkara USA printed their first ever catalog, it's a beauty and contains a lot of great information for the novice tenkara angler.
- my friend Graham setup a new blog called Tenkara Grasshopper. There is not much content yet of course but I am looking forward to see some interesting posts