August 11, 2015

Tenkara Tuesday - Simple Flies by Morgan Lyle

Welcome to Tenkara Tuesday...

Today we're going to talk flies. Or rather an excellent book that shows you how to tie them.

For those that are looking to fill their fly box, but might not be the most gifted of fly tyer, Simple Flies: 52 Easy-to-Tie Patterns that Catch Fish (by Morgan Lyle) is an absolute "must read" prior to their next tying session.

The beauty of this book is that all of the flies can be tied rather quickly with only a handful of materials, something that will likely align with the "less is more" philosophy that attracts many anglers to tenkara.

While those readers will probably be pleased to find a tenkara-centric section with photos of familiar faces such as Daniel Galhardo & "TenkaraBum" Chris Stewart, and flies such as the Ishigaki kebari, Takayama kebari, and Utah Killer kebari, the other forty-something patterns within (perhaps with the exception of some of the larger, weighted streamers) are also very compatible with ultralight tenkara tackle.

But believe me when I say that this is not a tenkara book, far from it. All of the fly patterns outlined within can be used with a more traditional "western" fly rod & reel, making this a great read for any discipline of fly angler. Simple Flies includes informative background stories and easy to follow "how-tos" for wets, dries, nymphs, & streamers of all shapes and sizes.

Approximately 160 pages of content, and an MSRP of $19.95, the flies may be simple, but there is more than enough to keep any angler happily busy at the vise for a very long time.


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 or Tenkara Angler magazine! Feel free to send an email HERE, I'd love to publish your original contribution.


  1. This must have been written for me. Thx!

  2. Morgan is a good dude. He is active in the NYC TU group and I'm really glad to see others discovering his book. The flies work!

  3. Thanks for the review! I'll have to check it out.