The sakasa kebari flies are relatively new to me. As I've seen the growing interest in the method of tenkara and the fascination with the Japanese style of soft-hackle flies, I've been impressed by the similarities to my own preferences in presentation and fly design. The growing number of tenkara fly fishermen in the US is amazing. I now consider myself to have joined the fun, although in a limited way. I recently received a tenkara rod and have a small collection of lines and a dedicated box, steadily growing full with not only sakasa kebari style flies, but also with many of my own spiders, flymphs and soft-hackles that are an excellent match to the presentation techniques and water types best suited for tenkara fishing. I feel like I have an advantage as a beginning tenkara fisherman, as the approach resembles my favorite fly-fishing methods, but there is also a lot to be gained in the simplification of the gear and in the stealth, proximity and positioning required to be successful with tenkara. I hope to bring my tenkara rod along as much as possible. Not only because it's a very satisfying and successful method for chasing trout, but it also makes me a better fly-fisherman. My apologies to those tenkara loyalists who have committed to the traditional Japanese method, sold their western gear and are making a significant impact on the tenkara scene in the U.S. I have nothing but admiration for that approach and I greatly appreciate the help I've been given as I'm getting started.
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