How to Tie Tenkara Flies

Learning how to tie tenkara flies is easy. Generally speaking we use very simple materials: sewing thread or other thread (thicker is generally good as it requires fewer wraps to build a body), feather (often from rooster, pheasant or partridge), and hook. Below are some videos that will give you a good idea about how tenkara fly-tying works. We will continue building this page with more information to help you tie your tenkara flies.

How to Tie Tenkara Flies

  • How to tie tenkara flies: The Ishigaki...tenkara fly tying, tying the ishigaki kebari tenkara fly

    How to tie tenkara flies: The Ishigaki...

    How to tie tenkara flies : The Ishigaki Kebari™ Materials: 1) Size 12 hook (this can vary according to preference, size 12 is the one Ishigaki uses most often) 2)...

  • Mr. Yoshida ties a Kenbane tenkara flyMr. Yoshida ties the kenbane kebari or alula tenkara fly

    Mr. Yoshida ties a Kenbane tenkara fly

    Mr. Takashi Yoshida is an innovative fly tyer based in Japan. Here he shows how to tie a tenkara fly using the Alula feather of a pheasant, known in Japanese as the...

  • Hiroto Sasaki, Tying a Tenkara Fly Without...Tying a tenkara fly without a vise

    Hiroto Sasaki, Tying a Tenkara Fly Without...

    Our favorite thing about this video is the way Mr. Sasaki finishes off his tenkara fly. Watch him tie his fly without a vise, and then the unique technique he uses to...

  • Yuzo Sebata Tying Tenkara Flies, StreamsideStreamside fly-tying with Mr. Yuzo Sebata

    Yuzo Sebata Tying Tenkara Flies, Streamside

    Mr. Yuzo Sebata is one of the most well-known tenkara anglers in Japan. He keeps his fly-fishing simple and enjoys backpacking in the mountains of Japan catching trout...

  • Tenkara Fly-tying Video Series: Royal ConradTenkara fly-tying with Steve Conrad

    Tenkara Fly-tying Video Series: Royal Conrad

    In 3 minutes tenkara guide, and McGuckin’s tenkara guru, Steve Conrad will show you how to tie a very effective tenkara fly, the Royal Conrad...

  • Fly-tying with Allison MarriottAllison Marriott tenkara fly tying

    Fly-tying with Allison Marriott

    Allison Marriott is a fly-fishing guide and fly-tying instructor in the Boulder, Colorado area, working for Rocky Mountain Anglers fly shop. As part of our Tenkara...

  • Fly-tying without a visetenkara fly tying without a vise

    Fly-tying without a vise

    John Geer shows us how to tie flies without a vise. That’s simple fly-tying...

  • Simple kebari with Allen SeagravesTenkara fly-tying video series with Allen Seagraves

    Simple kebari with Allen Seagraves

    Allen Seagraves, a tenkara guide based in Boulder, Colorado, shows us how to tie a simple kebari...

  • Chartreuse Black Kebari with Mark BolsonChartreuse Black Kebari

    Chartreuse Black Kebari with Mark Bolson

    Tenkara Fly-Tying Video Series In this video Mark Bolson shows us how to tie a tenkara fly (kebari) he calls the Chartreuse Black Kebari...

  • Tying the Amano KebariMr. Amano shows us how to tie the Amano kebari

    Tying the Amano Kebari

    One of the most renowned tenkara anglers in Japan, Mr. Katsutoshi Amano shows us how to tie tenkara flies without a vise. Mr. Katsutoshi Amano is one of the most...

  • Tying the Ishigaki kebarihow to tie a Tenkara fly - tying the ishigaki kebari

    Tying the Ishigaki kebari

    Dr. Ishigaki, the most renowned tenkara angler in Japan, shows us that tying tenkara flies can be pretty simple. Tenkara fly patterns come in all shapes, but you...

  • Tying the Takayama Tenkara FlyTying the tenkara fly takayama kebari

    Tying the Takayama Tenkara Fly

    Tenkara fly tying can be pretty easy. Watch this video to learn how to to tie the takayama kebari (tenkara fly), a fly thought to have originated in the area around...

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