UK Tenkara Syndicate
by Dave Southall
(East Yorkshire, UK)
Spring 2013 saw the formation of a 'Tenkara Only Syndicate' to fish several small, previously unfitted, moorland streams near Sheffield in the north of England (virtually all fishing in the UK is in private control).
Syndicate members had a preview of the streams on the 12th of April followed by an inaugural dinner. Despite snow drifts remaining after a very cold, snowy winter the streams looked good.
I managed my first visit on the 8th of May, a cool, showery day with a moderate breeze, but with fish clearly visible in the very low, clear water conditions. Three of us explored two of the streams (West End & Derwent), looking, chatting & occasionally fishing (only one angler at a time fishing whilst the others watched & encouraged).
We caught twenty one lovely little wild brown trout up to ten inches (seven each) on a range of dry flies including Parachute Olive, Stimulator & Foam Beetle, whilst we missed or dropped off quite a few more. It was a delightful day with great scenery, great company & fun fishing for truly wild fish in challenging conditions.
Tenkara is exploding in popularity in the UK: not surprising in view of its elegant simplicity. In the June 2013 issue of Fly Fishing & Fly Tying Magazine I had my third Tenkara article published, extolling the presentational superiority of Tenkara compared with conventional gear.
Tenkara is a really wonderful way to fish. It's such a shame that some unenlightened fly fishers condemn it as not being true fly fishing or believe it to be just a 'flash in the pan'.
“The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten” – Benjamin Franklin
"Study to be quiet." - Izaak Walton 1653
"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
The hooks are sharp.
The coffee's hot.
The fish are slippery when wet.
Beware of the Dogma