TEXAS HILL COUNTRY FLY FISHERS
Tenkara is best known as a Japanese method of fishing. The appeal of tenkara fishing is its elegant simplicity. Just a rod, a line(no reel), and a fly. The long rod allows for precise placement of the fly on small pools and allows for holding the fly in place on the other side of a current.
Tenkara is a method of fly-fishing well-suited for hill country stream fishing and for anyone looking for a simpler way to fly-fish. It is the ideal setup for backpacking and particularly effective for fishing "skinny water."
But, tenkara is not just about catching fish. It is just as much about bringing moments of peace and introspection into your life.
You could be a tenkara angler if...
John Evans - THCFF Tenkara instructor and mentor
John Evans is an outdoor author and educator. His articles on hunting, fishing, and camping have appeared in such magazines as Field & Stream, Southern Outdoors, and Texas Sportsman.
He, with his wife, Robin, is an active member of THCFF. John was one of the early practitioners of tenkara in Texas and has extensive experience on our local rivers and streams.
John especially enjoys participating in the THCFF mentorship program and introducing others to tenkara angling in the Texas Hill Country.
How to get jump-started with Tenkara
Getting started is the hardest part. Everyone learns differently. Sure, discovery is fun but sifting through a ton of conflicting online info is boring and a time drain. So it's easy learn incorrectly or get frustrated and bored.
Finding an experienced teacher to jump-start your adventure is the key. A mentor will ask the right questions and teach specifically to your needs. This keeps you from picking up bad habits lets you focus on learning correctly.
The THCFF's tenkara mentoring program is tailor made to each student. Best part is it's open to anyone wanting to journey into tenkara fly fishing. Ask about mentoring.
You are a shoo-in Tenkara fanatic if
A blue winged olive (aka B.W.O.) is a broad name given to the genus batidae. It is often used to describe mayflies with a olive thorax and abdomen, bluish wings, and sized #18-22 hooks.
The Dun stage of a blue winged olive hatch spend long periods of time on the surface of the water drying their wings prior to flight.
This makes dry fly fishing a b.w.o. hatch a favorite of fly fishers.