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Tenkara : Radically Simple, Ultralight Fly Fishing - Kevin Kelleher


Radically Simple, Ultralight Fly Fishing

Paperback Published: 1st March 2011
ISBN: 9780762763948
Number Of Pages: 160

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Fly fishing is complex and costly with too much cumbersome gear, right? Well, tenkara’s different. Long overlooked in the West, tenkara is economical and simple, productive, and pleasurable This Eastern approach is today taking the fly-fishing world in North America and Europe by storm. Its tool kit is simple: a long, collapsible rod; a length of line tied to the end of the rod; and a fly. Withoug a reel, casting techniques become easy and intuitive. The gear is inexpensive and easily portable, perfect for hiking and camping.


This pioneering book is an ideal guide to tenkara, covering the essentials of gear and rigging, the roots of tenkara, fishing dry flies as well as subsurface fishing and casting--as well as tenkara backpacking and tenkara for women. Tenkara has been the subject of features in Field & Stream, American Angler, and Fly, Rod & Reel magazines, and has been endorsed by the likes of Patagonia CEO and environmentalist Yvon Chouinard. Major retail outlets are now selling tenkara rods.



Introduction Chapter 1: Gear SimplicityUltra-light, radically simple, and inexpensive, in an increasingly complicated world tenkara provides a number of advantages. The gear and technique retain the grace of fly-fishing even while providing on-stream ease and a direct, uncluttered, natural experience. Chapter 2: Rigging EasilyWith a tenkara rods and a few gear essentials, you can be fishing in minutes. Chapter 3: Roots of TenkaraTenkara is rooted in the mountain streams of Japan and in the pragmatism of the subsistence fisherman. It has evolved over the years, and has benefited from recent American innovation. Chapter 4: Dance of the Dry FlyTo fish dry flies with a tenkara rod, there are only three basic principles needed. Chapter 5: Underwater RoomsIt's easy to fish nymphs with tenkara. This chapter covers the major techniques of subsurface fishing, as well as the vivid visualizing of underwater hide-outs. Chapter 6: Simplest Cast in Fly-FishingComplete casting instruction can be communicated in minutes not days, including the fine points for the experienced caster. Chapter 7: Small StreamsTenkara is perfect for fishing small trout streams. This chapter will discuss how to read the water and present your fly in restricted environs, as well as the advantages of tenkara over western fly-fishing. Chapter 8: Large Water Even with a shorter cast, tenkara is surprisingly adaptable to larger waters. Chapter 9: Hook to HandThis chapter discusses playing, landing, and fish handling with a tenkara rod, and why tenkara actually enhances fish survival. Chapter 10: Bugs 101There are a few basic, aquatic insects any fisherman who wants to take tenkara to the next level should know about. Chapter 11: Kebari and Western FliesSimplified, situational fly recommendations can streamline your fly box, accented by the traditional Japanese reverse-hackle. The basics of fly tying is covered, as well as brief instruction on how you can make sensible, on-stream fly choices. Chapter 12: Making Tenkara LeadersThis is a discussion of how to build level and tapered monofilament leaders as well the easy winding of traditional tenkara furled leaders. Chapter 13: Tenkara BackpackingBackpacking and tenkara fly-fishing are perfectly matched. Packing, storage, camp use, and camp cookery are covered as well as bonus recipes. Chapter 14: Tenkara WomenTenkara is being discovered and explored by women. World class angler Misako discusses the beauty and sensibility of tenkara for women, friendships, family, and treasured memories. Chapter 15: Final WordA final world about how tenkara expands the fly-fishing experience and renews us.

ISBN: 9780762763948
ISBN-10: 0762763949
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 1st March 2011
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 19.1  x 1.07
Weight (kg): 0.35