April 29, 2014

Tenkara Tuesday - Non-Conventional "Tenkara" Fly Swap

Welcome to Tenkara Tuesday.

I don't often participate in fly swaps (primarily because I'm not that imaginative or original a tyer), however the fruits of everyone's labor that participated in the Arkansas Tenkara, Fly-Fishing, Kayak and Canoe Club's recent Facebook fly swap arrived in the mail last weekend.

Now I know what you're going to say...you don't live in Arkansas...and I'd say you're right.  I don't think half the folks that participated actually do...I simply responded (as did others) to the call to hit the minimum amount of tyers to get the swap going.  As such, there was representation from Florida, Texas, Appalachia, among other locales across the country.  Best part is that about half of these probably aren't what you'd consider "classic" tenkara flies...which is fine by me, a newly minted, stillwater bass-tenkara-ing (sort of) Floridian.

Some suspect pics of the flies are below...I tried to identify who the tyer and pattern name, which was kinda difficult, as they didn't come with "toetags."

Stuart Roberts - Unidentified Bugger
Chris Hatfield - Unidentified Popper
Rob Gonzalez - Llanolope popper
Joseph Egry - Grave Digger Kebari 
Brian Colton - Reda$$
Brian Lindsay - Killer Midge
Jason Sparks - Olive Gold Silk Kebari
Brandon Moon - Royal Coachman Kebari
Debra Waterford - Yellowtail Kebari
Austin Brown - Bead Head Midge
Chris Lee - RS2
T! - Road Cone Kebari

And if any of the tyers above are misidentified, just holler.  I'll fix it up right.


Are you a tenkara angler? Do you have a story, pictures, video, fly recipe, or simply a fishing report from one of your recent tenkara adventures? If so, I'd really enjoy hearing from you for an upcoming Tenkara Tuesday post! Feel free to send an email HERE, I'd love to publish your original contribution.


  1. It's such a small world. I actually met Stuart Roberts on the little urban Birmingham stream where we both fish. He was fishing Tenkara while we were fishing ultralight spinning gear the day we met him. We've kept in touch, and he's a really nice guy. He actaully mailed me a couple of his signature flies a few days after we met on the stream. It's pretty cool to see his fly included in your fly swap.

  2. Hey I know that guy. My fly from the swap is a rubber legged dragon or dragon fly nymph. Developed at Callaway Gardens for blue gill. I'd love to be in the swap! I might steal the fly from Rob G

  3. BTW the llanolope worked GREAT

  4. Very cool flies all around. I'm curious about the killer midge....is it just a very teased out killer bug? How is it constructed?

    1. I could be wrong but I think it's a type of yarn. The yarn is tied tight like a dubbing body then teased out like you're imagining. I'd say if you add some lead-free wire to that fly it could be killer.

  5. Mike, looked through closely at all these neat looking patterns. I am always interested in seeing other fly tyers work. Thanks for sharing.