Tying Tenkara Flies Volume 1 Review.by Graham Moran September 18, 2012 1 comment
Recently, I received the new DVD from LearnTenkara.com. I had heard about the DVD from Karel Lansky of TenkaraOnTheFly after he returned from the 2nd Tenkara Summit held in Utah. Ashley Valentine had given Karel a copy along with a small press kit. I was very interested to say the least and decided to contact Ashley and see if I could get some more information from here about this. To my surprise and glee just a few short days after contacting her I received a small package in the mail. I was extremely excited to find the same press packet that Ashley had given to Karel. Suffice to say it didn’t take me long to head downstairs to my DVD player to sit and watch the video of all the flies being tied. I sat for the 2.5 hour duration of the film and find myself in awe of what I was seeing.
The DVD is produced by Brian Flemming and co-produced by Ashley Valentine, who by the way, is the creator of the Punk Rock Sakasa Kebari, which you will see later in the video. These two are absolutely amazing in that there passion for Tenkara and the flies associated with this form of fishing really showed in the video. With the use of the most amazing macro video equipment and some of the greatest Tenkara fly tiers in the world this video helped to make even a mediocre tier like myself into a much better tier.
When you have a group of tiers who include Dr. Hisao Ishigaki, the man who many believe to be the modern day Tenkara Sensei, Daniel Galhardo of TenkaraUSA, the man credited with bringing Tenkara to the forefront here in the United States, and Mr. Chris Stewart of TenkaraBum.com fame, the man who has in my opinion, written a virtual encyclopedia of information on Tenkara lead you through a number of amazing flies that as a Tenkara fisherperson you will become quite familiar with over a period of time. With 17 flies tied in this video, I have to say that you will stay plenty busy whipping these bad boys/girls out so that in the coming season you will be well stocked and ready to rumble so to speak.
With a few introductory videos by Dr. Ishigaki, Daniel Galhardo, and Chris Stewart, you get a great intro into the philosophy of the one fly approach to Tenkara from Dr. Ishigaki himself, then you get a short introduction and overview of traditional Japanese fly-tying. Daniel includes some more exotic traditional Japanese flies as well. This definitely opened my eyes to the possibilities that are out there. Then, Mr. Steward steps in and introduces the minimum tools needed to start tying Tenkara flies without a huge outlay of money. Mr. Stewart’s tips on equipment are very insightful and make fly tying accessible to even a total novice.I have watched and tried to tie a few of these flies and all I can say is wow. Even a manually challenged person like myself can tie these flies by watching this video. Even a beginner that has never tied before could pick up the techniques shown. That being said, I am now chomping at the bit to see the second volume.