Traditional Tenkara Kebari Project

Traditional Tenkara Kebari Project

As a tenkara guide and angler, I am always trying to acquire new knowledge. A feature of tenkara that I have wanted to study for some time is the tying and usage of traditional tenkara kebari patterns. There are numerous resources available online, yet one stands out above the others.

Mr. Yoshikazu Fujioka and Traditional Tenkara Kebari Patterns

During the 2015 Tenkara Summit in Estes Park, CO, Mr. Yoshikazu Fujioka, discussed traditional tenkara kebari patterns utilized in Japan. Over a period of years, Fujioka-san has collected and tied kebari patterns used in different regions of Japan. While researching these traditional tenkara kebari patterns, Fujioka-san has been curating a very impressive website, Trout and Seasons.

I was fascinated by his depth of knowledge about tenkara kebari patterns. His presentation awoke a need in me to acquire more knowledge about the kebari patterns used by Japanese tenkara anglers. I consistently went to his site and read every page and took notes along the way. The deeper I got into the site, my fascination grew with traditional tenkara practiced in Japan.

traditional tenkara kebariBefore long, I found his Traditional Japanese Tenkara Fly Page 1. As a fly tier, I found myself wanting to tie and use the patterns on Fujioka-san’s page. I tied up the first traditional tenkara kebari pattern, a kebari from the Kurobe Headstream area. Using black thread, and a black bantam rooster hackle, I did my best to recreate this amazing pattern. I felt I did ok with it, although I was missing the Shamisen string for the eye. Having tied this traditional tenkara kebari pattern for the first time, I was struck by a notion to create a new project for my readers here at Tenkara Grasshopper.

The Traditional Tenkara Kebari Project

Using Fujioka-sans site as inspiration, I started packing a fly box with each pattern. With a total of five (5) patterns tied and in the box, I thought about sharing my experiences tying these patterns with everyone. So, I have decided to offer up my own personal version of Fujioka-san’s curated kebari. This is not an attempt to copy his content but to share my explorations in tying kebari.

Already I know that I am unable to tie my versions with the perfection that he puts into his traditional tenkara kebari patterns. Honoring tradition is very important to me, therefore I intend to do my best to respect the original designs using modern materials and hooks currently available on the US market.

Over the coming months, as I tie each pattern I will share images and comments on each kebari. If there is significant interest in this project, I might even shoot some video to share with all my readers. I hope that you will let me know if you have any interest in videos of these patterns.

The Traditional Tenkara Kebari Project will not just be about the tying. I intend to fish these patterns on my local waters here in Colorado. By utilizing these patterns here in Colorado, I believe that I can prove how effective these traditional tenkara kebari patterns are.

Comments and Criticisms

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Traditional Tenkara Kebari Project Credits

There are a few people I would like to thank for starting me on this project.

Daniel Galhardo, Tenkara USA

The first person who deserves the most credit for this project is Daniel Galhardo, of Tenkara USA. Had it not been for Daniel bringing Fujioka-san to the 2015 Tenkara Summit in Estes Park, I would have been completely unaware of Fujioka-san.

Mr. Yoshikazu Fujioka, Trout and Streams

I owe a debt of gratitude to Fujioka-san for spending an incredible amount of time researching the kebari patterns used throughout Japan. The amount of time that goes into a website like Trout and Streams is immense. All the travel and tying that Fujioka-san put in to curate his site has given me the chance to learn something of Japan few can get without going to Japan.

To get the full experience of Fujioka-sans curated patterns, I suggest you visit any of his pages. To get started and read about the patterns shown here see Traditional Japanese Fly Tenkara 1.

My Readers

Those of you who have been coming to the Tenkara Grasshopper website deserve a thank you as well. If it were not for you I would not be running this site in the first place. Your feedback and commentary have made this a completely worthwhile endeavor for me. I look forward to having you follow me as I continue this project and others that are still in the works.