Tenkara Fly-tying

Videos on How to Tie Tenkara Flies

The ancient method of fly-fishing by Japanese tenkara anglers includes the use of flies tied to your tenkara line to catch fish. You don’t always need to buy flies. It is fairly easy and very satisfying to learn tenkara fly-tying. In these videos on how to tie tenkara flies, you will learn the different techniques to create your own flies for tenkara fishing.

Fill your fly box with your own tenkara flies with the help of these fantastic videos on tying tenkara flies by Tenkara USA fly-tying experts, and Japanese anglers and fly tiers. You’ll learn valuable tips on how to start tying, the best hook size, hook shape and fly pattern, and the best techniques fly-tying tenkara flies to catch fish.


You can use regular flies with your tenkara rod. Choose any type of fly or fly pattern you prefer. Wet flies can be used, although dry flies are a better option as there is no drag on your line. Nymphs are also a good substitute for tenkara flies as the tight line allows for sensitive takes.

In tenkara fishing, the emphasis is more on the presentation of the fly than imitation. So, unlike flies used in Western fly-fishing that are made to look like particular insects, Japanese flies used in tenkara are simple flies that don’t necessarily look like any particular insect. The emphasis is on your technique of casting that aims to mimic how an insect acts and will look on the water’s surface to a fish.

Tenkara flies can be fished wet or dry. Each tenkara angler has a particular fly pattern that they prefer to use. A dry fly is often better suited to tenkara fishing as it sits on top of the water’s surface and there is no drag on your line. Dry flies can act like live insects above the water’s surface. A wet fly, on the other hand, is designed to present under the water’s surface and can appear like a drowned insect. Wet flies are often more appealing to larger fish.