Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Back in Town and a video "Intro to Tenkara"

Yes, I am still here, I know it has been a while. My dad-in-law passed away early May and I went to Atlanta to be with my family and to make life a bit easier for my wife and her mom. We got back last Monday and I thought it would be nice to take a mental health day to get some alone time.

I headed back to my favorite river for an afternoon's fishing last Friday. Runoff and rain started to slowly kick-in and flows were higher than during my last outing, but still below the historical average. I guess more snow and rain is waiting ...

Anyway, Friday was one of those days where you couldn't do anything wrong, they would hit almost anything. I only fished with Tenkarabum's Killer Kebari, dead-drift, swing & twitch and it all worked beautifully. I also broke in the new hand-tied tapered fluorocarbon line of Tenkarabum which is to me the best compromise between a traditional furled and level line. I will be giving this line more thought and testing over the next few weeks, I have high hopes.

Killer Kebari victim

Killer Kebari
On Saturday, I had special plans with my new friend Steve Schweitzer, author of A Fly Fishing Guide to Rocky Mountain National Park and co-founder of Global Fly Fisher. I met Steve a while back at one of his book signings and I talked him into trying Tenkara. Well, he wanted to do a short video introduction to Tenkara for his website and so we did. It was a beautiful day, sunny, still some high water and breezy at times. But fishing was much tougher than the day before, only towards the end of day started we picking-up fish consistently.

See for yourself:

One note: the fly referred to in the video is not (Sawyer's) Killer Bug but the Killer Kebari, a variation tied by Chris Stewart of Tenkarabum.

We had a blast doing this video and I am looking forward to our next outing, hopefully to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Tight Lines and get out there and fish.


  1. Karel, my condolences to you and your family on your father-in-laws passing. Great post today. Those are some nice browns and that was an excellent video. That Killer Kebari is great isn't it?

  2. Nice video, very cool...looked like gorgeous water!

    Hope things are well with you and your family.

  3. Thanks Chris and Mike. It's been an emotional roller coaster and it will be for a while.

    I just made the Killer Kebari one of my favorite flies, right after the RS2. They are a killer combo.

    The water was a bit high at 50cfs compared to the 20cfs I enjoyed lately, but still very fishable. The trout won't mind, I am sure.

  4. Cool video and great looking water!

  5. Great video. Very nicely done. I'm very much looking forward to getting out there in September and hopefully fishing with you and meeting Steve.

    Thanks for the kind words about the Killer Kebari. I'll have another one to tempt you with when I get back from vacation.

  6. Way cool video! Thanks for the follow. I was always wondering what was tenkara was and never took the time to research. Thanks for the full explanation and looks like something I need to try

  7. Chris - thanks & can't wait. A Killer Kebari II?
    Dustin - thanks, tenkara is "simply" fun, can't explain it simpler than that. Give it a shot if you can!

  8. AWESOME video Karel! Wish I could have been there!