There has been a lot of discussion in the angling press and among anglers about Tenkara, what it is, what it is not, what are the benefits of the techniques , etc. There is also some confusion when people talk about Tenkara but are fishing the rods western style. BFT provided the opportunity for people to come and find out with a presentation by Mike Roden, Director of Tenkara Centre UK, covering all aspects of Tenkara.
Mike told us about rods, leaders and presentation. It soon became clear that you can make Tenkara as simple or complex as you like. Because of the compactness of the telescopic rod Tenkara can be used as just an alternative compliment to another type of fishing and can be set up in a matter of seconds to quickly catch a hatch.
|Leaders can be either braid of mono.|
|Used to tied level leaders.|
|How sensitive are the rod tips?|
|Tenkara or Samurai?|
Pat Stevens of FlyTek demonstrating tying some of the traditional Tenkara style flies.
Some of the BFT competition flies
|Pat tying the reverse hackled fly.|
|Dry, subsurface or nymph. Tenkara or more traditional flies can be used.|
|Elk hair sedge|
|Typical Tenkara flies with reverse hackle.|