Tenkara in Focus downloads provide additional material and insights not contained in the Tenkara in Focus free episodes. Paul Gaskell and John Pearson travel to Japan to learn from the masters and from accomplished Japanese tenkara anglers. Luckily for us, they take cameras so we can "look over their shoulders" to see what they saw and learn what they learned.
Paul and John have done it again!
For years we have been told that Japanese tenkara anglers use only unweighted wet flies. Then Paul and John revealed in their Discovering Tenkara DVD Vol.1 that no less an angler than Dr. Ishigaki uses a "secret fly" that has a tungsten bead head!
In their latest premium download, which accompanies their free Tenkara in Focus Episode 6, they bring us an on-stream lesson from Shin Takahashi, in which he fishes various weighted flies, either lightly weighted with copper wire or more heavily weighted with a tungsten bead head. He even fishes for a while with split shot on the line.
His fishing style is not referred to as "tenkara," but is in fact a blend of tenkara techniques and Euronymphing techniques. At one point, Ubi (Uberto Calligarich, a gold medal winning competition angler) who interprets for Takahashi san, says that he approaches the river just like a competition angler would.
Anyone who has ever thought that a tenkara rod ought to be great for fishing nymphs (only to be told "that's not tenkara") should watch this premium download. Takahashi san not only catches fish with his weighted flies, he does so following fairly closely behind another fisherman. He catches fish the guy directly in front of him couldn't! Some of his techniques you might pick up on your own, some you never would without watching the video and reading the accompanying pdf file.
Most of the flies he uses during the on-stream lesson are clearly not what we would think of as tenkara flies. They show the influence of European nymphs, Western wet flies and even ayu flies.
Paul and John have thrown in a couple bonus downloads, each of which shows two of Takahashi san's flies, including the one that caused Itoshiro to change their rules from "Catch & Relase" to "Catch & Release no more than Ten Fish" after Takahashi san caught and released 121 fish! Catching over 100 fish in a day is quite an accomplishment anywhere, but doing it on a stream as heavily pressured as Itoshiro is nothing short of fabulous.
For those who have always thought that all Japanese anglers fished the same way, this video is an eye opener. "Ten Colors" doesn't even approach describing Takahashi san's style. He doesn't use a tenkara rod. He doesn't use tenkara flies. What he does do is catch enough fish that he has to stop fishing.
I think this video lets the genie out of the bottle. Want to fish weighted nymphs with your tenkara/keiryu/seiryu rod? You are now in good company. It may not be tenkara but who cares? Takahashi san catches fish in difficult conditions, and you can too. In the future we will see a lot more "fusion fishing," blending tenkara and Euronymphing techniques. This video and pdf are just the start.
The price for the bundle is $32 - roughly equivalent to a dozen flies plus shipping. You would lose more than a dozen flies trying to learn for yourself what you will learn from the video and accompanying PDF files.
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I suspect I will offer more of Paul and John's Tenkara in Focus Premium Downloads, but this one is a very good one to get the ball rolling.
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|This is a review of "Tenkara in Focus Episode 6
First off, thanks Chris for offering this download. It was worth every penny. Paul and John from England have several free videos on YouTube that are worth viewing as well.
I have watched the video twice now, and have learned a lot!
Les A, Idaho