Fishing – Tying keiryu markers on to Tenkara line

From Chris’s Tenkarabum.com, here’s how to tie on the keiryu markers:simpler-marker-knot

“I would suggest using the knot illustrated above with the Bright Markers. You will still be able to move the marker when you want to, but it will be a bit less likely to move by itself.

After you tie the marker around the line, the standard practice is to cut the tag ends relatively short. They don’t  need to be longer than about 1/4 to 1/2 inch to be visible. If  they longer they will cause more wind resistance, which will require a heavier weight to be able to make the cast and your line will be more affected by any breeze.”

Fishing – Questions (and answers) for Erik of Tenkara Guides

  • Tenkara Bum notes recommends a level line a bit shorter than rod with 3′ of tippet. Get Erik’s thoughts. Erik likes line length of rod or 1.5 x length or rod with a 1 meter tippet. Note: If I pinch line with left fingers and arm stretched out to side, one meter is almost to my right armpit – within an inch or two.
  • Fluorocarbon line better? All level lines are flouro.
  • When to use 2.5, 3.5, or 4.5 level line? 4.5 is easier to cast, but heaviness interferes with drift. He suggested 3.5
  • Regarding rods, what are 7:3 and 6:4 references referring to? I forgot to ask, but here’s a link: Tenkara rod action
  • Doe Erik ever use Japanese wet flies and techniques? Yes.

Tenkara casting advice from Tenkara Guides’Erik Ostrander

Tenkara casting avice from Erik Ostrander of Tenkara Guides

A) Watch videos of ‘Masami Sakakibara, aka Tenkara no-Oni‘. He has very good technique.

B) “Align your bones” from thumb through shoulder – think of a straight line from wrist to shoulder. Doing so will require less wrist-flicking to cast well. Thumb will almost point at your body.

C) Tenkara casting practice instructions from Erik:

1) Add the following to rod:
– Level line that is length of rod, 3′ of tippet, and a fly
2) Cast repeatedly until you can consistantly have fly hit the ground/water first
3) Repeat with level line 150% the length of the rod
4) Repeat with level line 200% the length of the rod
5) Aim at a plate, aim at the underside of your car.