The More You Know … The Less You Need

On February 15, 2013
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If you know fish will take your dry fly, even if it is wet and under, or…

If you know you can false-cast your fly to fish near the surface, you don’t need… floatant

If you know how to use currents to sink your fly, you don’t need… split-shot

If you know how to keep your line tight, and watch it as it goes by, you don’t need… strike indicators

If you know how to tie three of simple knots, you don’t need… tippet rings or dacron for the level line

If you know you can cut your line using your teeth, you don’t need… nippers (though we highly recommend this, because…you should know you can ruin your teeth that way!)

If you know 4X and 6X looks virtually the same underwater, you don’t need… multiple spools of tippet

If you know most fish will be caught between 15 and 40ft away from you, you don’t need… a bunch of line

If you know tenkara allows you to keep it off the water, you don’t need… to mend your drift

If you know how to tie flies by holding the hook, you don’t need… a vise

If you know fish checkout most things that could be food, you don’t need… a hundred fly patterns

If you know most artificial flies resemble many different things under water, you don’t need… 30 fly patterns

If you know how to present one fly in a variety of different ways, you don’t need… a dozen fly patterns

If you know the points above, you don’t need… a vest full of pockets

If you know you can fish with a pole that has the line tied to its tip…

If you know you can fish with a fixed-length of line…

AND, If you know you can land a fish without a reel, you don’t need…well… a reel.


My grandfather used to say, “knowledge is the only thing no one can take away from you”, and generally it is difficult to lose or forget it at home. The nicest thing about knowing, is that once you know you can leave a lot of things behind. And, as they say, “knowledge is weightless”.

What else do you know that would allow us to minimize what we carry and what we think we need?


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7 Responses to The More You Know … The Less You Need

  1. Stephen says:

    I know that the world is full of people who tell us what we should think and what we should do. My grandfather taught me to avoid them. He taught me that is how you lighten the load. He also said to fish as much as you can however you want to.

  2. If you just can’t give up your fishing vest after you have simplified your fishing, I guess you can fill all those empty pockets with beer.

  3. Excellent post! It sums up tenkara perfectly.

  4. Chase Peeler says:

    I still can’t get over how PERFECTLY tenkara philosophy meshes with ultralight hiking philosophy. “The more you know the less you need,” “knowledge is weightless,” “perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away,” “take less, do more,” and so on (thanks to Gossamer Gear for that last one). I want every one of my hiking and fishing buddies to experience this. Thanks for doing so much to spread the word.

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