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Kebari Pattern Selection For Beginners

Kebari Pattern Selection For Beginners

by October 31, 2017 2 comments

A very common question I field relates to kebari pattern selection for beginners. Typically this question comes from those beginners who are new to fly fishing. I have been mulling this over and have also followed answers online. So in this post I am going to share my thoughts on what kebari pattern a beginner should use.

What kebari pattern a beginner should use!

The kebari pattern a beginner should choose is the one that gets them into fish!!!

So what pattern is that? Without being there with you I can’t say. But I can share a few tricks that have worked for me.

Kebari Pattern Selection Tricks

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    Go with your gut! Likely you will have a box full of tenkara kebari and maybe a few western patterns. Sometimes I will try and observe the behavior of the fish, thus guiding me in the direction of the proper kebari. Another clue might be bugs that are floating on the surface of the river. It is not uncommon for me to choose a kebari based on nothing more than a kebari that catches my eye.
  • Ask other anglers! Fly fishing anglers, both men and women, are inherently social creatures. Simply asking what the fish are taking helps immensely. The fish might be keying in on a particular pattern or size. By asking, your curiosity will be assuaged and you mak find the key to a successful day. You might even make a new friend or two along the way.
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    Read guide trip reports from local shops or on other websites. If you know in advance where you will be fishing get online. Find local shops and call them or read their trip reports. These reports are written by guides, typically the same day they led a trip. You can literally pick the brains of these professional guys and gals who get paid to get clients into fish. Current data is key for a guide and the same should be true for you.

Take these three tips and you should be into fish with no difficulty. Above all, remember, a bad day of fishing is better than a good day at work!!!

Head over to the Tenkara Tips page and discover some other cool tips to work with.

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  1. KamakiriTenkara
    #1 KamakiriTenkara 31 October, 2017, 13:51

    You make great points. As a western style flyfisherman for most of my flyfishing experience, I have also learned that being observant is key. When it comes to tenkara kebari, I seem to have success with brown or black colored kebari. I think those colors cover most of aquatic bugs so thats a good starting point for me. As you mentioned in your article, just watching the fish activity can give you an idea of where to start. If I can’t see what they are rising for or the rises are splashy or quick, I usually downsize my pattern and use technique that simulates emergers. Lazy sips near the surface that cannot be seen could be spent trico spinners, or ants and beetles. Also, keeping a journal of successes and failures help you in the long run. Cheers!

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    • Graham Moran
      Graham Moran Author 31 October, 2017, 14:19

      I agree with you wholeheartedly on everything you said in your comments Jonathan. Color is a key factor in my opinion as well. As you said, sometimes even when we are observing fish we may not see them actively feeding. So, because the fish might still be eating below the surface we need to account for that behavior.

      As to your suggestion of keeping a journal, that is one of the things I try and do on every trip. Sadly, I have found that I end up waiting until the next day to fill out my notes. I would tell anyone who wishes to keep a journal to not wait like I do to fill out the details of my trip. Do it while you are either next to the water or right after stripping out of your waders and boots.

      Thanks again for your comments and I look forward to hearing more from you in the future.

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