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 Takayama in Japan. Its most distinctive feature is the collar made with peacock herl.
Fly tying materials for tying the takayama tenkara fly:
A hook, we like size 12
Sewing thread, any color will work
Peacock herl for collar
Feather for hackle, we like pheasant feathers for this.
I’m 6 years behind the Tenkara curve, but catching up. Watching this video compared to the one on Ishigaki Kebari, I noticed the hackle for the Taksyama Kebari was tied tip first and the Ishigaku was tied stem first. I assume that relates to the properties of the feather, elongated or spade.
Hi Bob, yeah, the “spade” style feathers (such as partridge or pheasant) work best if tied tip first due to the way they taper. Whereas rooster hackles are best if tied stem first, again due to their taper.