Tenkara USA Forum "Soft Hackle" Theme Fly Swap


Over the summer, the Tenkara USA forum hosted a "Soft Hackle" themed fly swap.  While the stereotypical tenkara sakasa kebari might fall into the category of a soft hackle wet fly, the tyers in this swap were not limited to creating reverse hackle patterns.  As such, the swap yielded a little of both.

Everybody was to receive two flies from each participant for a total of 14 in your box (you didn't tie for yourself).  Most tied two different patterns...me, I went a little rogue and tied two of the same...one to lose to a tree and the other to catch fish with...

Since it's been about a week since everybody received their flies back in the mail, I figured it would be okay to show off some of the patterns here, as I've done with other fly swaps in the past.  I just think they're neat to look at...

Hotspot Sakasa Kebari
(Chris "Kiwi" Kuhlow)

Purple Henthorn Spider
(Chris "Kiwi" Kuhlow)

Double Reverse Hackle
(Robert Olson)

Spider
(Robert Olson)

Silk Spider Green
(Mike Shaffer "Gentle Shepherd")

Silk Spider Pink
(Mike Shaffer "Gentle Shepherd")

Unnamed Fly
(Basshunter)

Unnamed Fly
(Basshunter)

#8 Gujo
(DavidHE)

#12 Thread Eye
(DavidHE)

Unnamed Fly
(HUNT4LYF)

Unnamed Fly
(HUNT4LYF)

Dark Kebari
(Nagasaurus)

Bead-head Pheasant Tail
(Nagasaurus)

Swamp Ape Kebari (x2)
(Yours Truly)

Thanks to everyone that participated, they are all awesome specimens.  I hope you get your box of flies wet and in fish mouths soon.  I sure know I plan on doing so!

Comments

  1. Nice, I like a lot of these. Especially love the hotspot concept and will have to try some. I'm curious about the lack of entries in recent fly swaps from Tenkara Sasquatch though. Is he on sabbatical? Haven't seen much from him lately.

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    1. Not sure where that guy...er primate...um thing's been. Probably up to no good.

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  2. I'll second the hotspots. Started adding them this year. Not sure if they make a difference for the fish, but I like them.

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    1. Agreed. I sometimes tie a Royal Wulff style kebari. Not exactly the same, but the contrasting thread between the peacock herl looks similar. Fish seem to like them too.

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  3. There is no end to the imagination of a fly tyer. This is a very good example of just that.

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    1. No kidding. Wasn't expecting such a varying haul.

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