Tying Tenkara Flies DVD

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The Tying Tenkara Flies Vol.1 DVD was produced in the summer of 2012, sold well for three years, and then went out of production. The producer, who unfortunately owns the copyright, has disappeared (alien abduction, perhaps). There was never a Vol.2.

From time to time I get requests for it but I have not had them in stock since July of 2015 - until today. I recently found a small supply, which I will offer at the original price of $25 until they are gone. I do not anticipate ever being able to find more.

John Pearson and Paul Gaskell of Discover Tenkara have released a three volume set of tenkara DVDs, two of which are essentially about tying and fishing tenkara flies. Their DVDs are a better resource for someone who wants to understand how authentic Japanese tenkara flies are tied and fished.

The Tying Tenkara Flies Vol. 1 DVD is a better resource for someone who wants to see what flies were fished in the US in the first three years after tenkara hit these shores - or for someone who just wants to watch me tie a bunch of flies - some of which could be called tenkara flies and some of which, like the Killer Bug, would not be recognized in Japan as tenkara flies at all.

They all caught fish, though, and there are fishing scenes in the DVD, including the best I have seen anywhere illustrating the ability to keep a fly in a bank eddy on the far side of a swift current.

The DVD runs for 2.5 hours and shows 17 patterns tied by several tenkara anglers, including Dr. Ishigaki tying his signature fly.

I do not expect to find more copies of the DVD. If I do, I will offer them here.

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"Be sure in casting, that your fly fall first into the water, for if the line fall first, it scares or frightens the fish..." Col. Robert Venables 1662


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The coffee's hot.
The fish are slippery when wet.

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