jd_smith's tenkara flies are the ones that got the ball rolling. He's the guy who got me started carrying other tenkara anglers' flies. Even though Kiwi's flies were the first to actually be available, it was jd_smith's idea.
The flies are $12 per half dozen. Purchases of one dozen or more flies will be shipped in the Minimalist Fly Box. Please note that international shipments will require additional postage (see Shipping section below).
Traditionally tied with neck hackle and "cotton of the flowering fern" or silk for the body, the Mino Gujo is a simple and very effective design.
Mine are tied with neck hackle and pheasant tail with an added reverse wrapped copper rib for a segmented body and to add durability. I use the Tiemco 2488 hook in a size 12. It has a straight eye, 3x wide gape and 2x short shank designed for easier and more positive hook sets.
TenkaraBum tested. Fish approved.
It can be fished on top as a dry during a visible hatch or just under the surface as an emerger when you see trout that are rising but aren’t actually breaking the surface.
Mino Gujo - $12 per half dozen
Size 12 Tiemco 2488
The Pale Morning Dun (PMD) are small light colored mayflies. They are generally light yellow/olive in color. Often they hatch mid to late morning, but hatches are known to last till late afternoon. This gives anglers, even the lazy angler who would rather sleep-in than rise early, a great opportunity at some active trout.
The advantage of the tenkara fishing style, (e.g. a tight line with a direct drag free connection to your fly) allows the angler to fish this patterns low in the water column, or high in the surface film. An angler can cover varying life stages and conditions with just one fly.
The PMD Sakasa has a finely segmented quill body and an enlarged abdomen with a touch of flash in it. The enlarged lively hen pheasant hackles give the flies their irresistible action, which resembles a struggling insect.
The PMD Sakasa is tied on the TFS 2500 hook, in size #12. It has a straight eye, 2x wide gape, 2x short, 2x heavy shank. This hook sets easily and stays put. It’s a very strong hook that will bring your fish to the net.
Pale Morning Dun - $12 per half dozen
I asked jd_smith to tie the CDC&Elk flies for me and I am happy to announce that he has accepted. The CDC & Elk is the only dry fly I tie and fish. It was developed by Hans Weilenmann to be an improvement to Al Troth's elk hair caddis. Although the pattern was designed to be a caddis imitation, Mr. Weilenmann fishes it with great success during mayfly hatches. It is also his standard searching pattern for use when nothing is hatching. I haven't tried it during a heavy mayfly hatch, but I can attest that it is an excellent searching pattern.
I think it may just be the perfect dry fly for use when tenkara fishing. It really is an excellent caddis imitation, and caddis flies are common in most of our trout streams. What makes it even more valuable to the tenkara angler is that it works so well when there are no insects visible on the water. And not only does it float well, the delta shape makes it much easier to cast on a light line than some of the other high floating flies like a humpy or a Wulff. Since to me tenkara is all about using the lightest line possible, a fly that is aerodynamic as well as high floating is a major plus.
Flies received may be either elk hair or bleached elk hair, depending on what is in stock. Both are quite effective.
CDC&Elk - $12 per half dozen
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