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    Default Tenkara Fishing With Western Fly Patterns

    Chris Stewart has put up an excellent article that is very close to my own views on this subject. Here is the link: http://www.tenkarabum.com/tenkara-ro...ern-flies.html

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    Totally agreee with Chris. The best fly IS THE FLY THAT YOU TRUST, even it is not a sakasa kebari ..
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    I am just learning so what is he talking about that there are other rods that ,feel?, like tenkara but aren't? I am more interested in catching fish and I consider tenkara a way of doing that. Not the only way or even the best. So far tenkara seems to fit best into my style as a wet fly rod which fits the whole tekkara idea. I liked the article , but must read it again. HOSSC

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    Quote Originally Posted by HOSSCOOPER View Post
    what is he talking about that there are other rods that ,feel?, like tenkara but aren't?
    Read http://www.tenkarabum.com/seiryu-ten...continuum.html and http://www.tenkarabum.com/seiryu-ten...m-part-ii.html

    There are a whole range of rods intended to be fished with the line tied to the rod tip. Everything from the cane poles we used as kids to extremely soft, whippy rods designed for small fish in placid waters up through very long, very stout poles that can subdue salmon and steelhead. "Tenkara rods" are a pretty small subset of the whole continuum. What makes a rod a tenkara rod is open to debate and in my mind is a diversion from what is really important - which is how does a rod perform for your intended use and how does it feel when you are using it. There are some seiryu rods that feel exactly the same and bend the same as some of the softer tenkara rods. There are some keiryu rods that feel exactly the same and bend the same as some of the stiffer tenkara rods. I'm not saying that all rods are equal or that all are suitable for what you want to do, but also, don't be put off just because a particular rod is not a "tenkara rod."
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    When a feller stops to think about it, there may be some question about whether a TUSA Amago is a tenkara rod. A rod for catching small trout in small mountain streams? Hmmm.

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    The Amago may slide in as a mainstream tenkara rod. Not mainstream as in right in the middle of things, but mainstream as in larger stream into which the small mountain streams flow. The one that gets me is the Hane, which is off the charts with respect to stiffness. Is it a tenkara rod? The company that made it said it is, so I guess it is. There are quite a few other rods that are not tenkara rods that are better suited to tenkara than it is, though, which is one reason I suggest that people not be terribly concerned about what a rod was labeled, or designed for, by the manufacturer. If it works well for tenkara fishing, that should be all that matters.
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