To all my valued readers and in particular Karel Lansky. Mr. Denver Dobbins sent me a post recently and I decided that it would be enjoyable to have a little fun with Karel. Thank you Denver for such a funny post.
I have the great fortune of getting to spend next weekend up
at Estes Park for a romantic getaway for me and my girlfriend. She has already been so kind as to give me
leave anytime I want to go fishing on the Big Thompson.
I'm new to fly fishing of any kind, much less Tenkara. My only real experience was a recent fishing
trip with three Masters of the art: Graham, Karel, and Daniel. Wanting to give myself any advantage I can
over the trout on Big Thompson, I tapped into the experience of that first day
and decided that I'd tie a bunch of flies that I know to be successful. And on that day, there was one fly that
shined far and beyond all others, so that's they fly I chose to tie.
I opted to take some pictures along the way so that I can
share this winning design with the masses.
So without any further adieu, I give you the pattern to “Karel's
First off, this is Tenkara fishing, and we need to take that
seriously. For that reason, only Amago
Tenkara hooks are used.
Next we tie a loop eye on using a No. 2 silk beading
thread. They don't use mono / backing
loops in Japan!
Then we tie on an appropriately sized dry hackle and give
the hook a traditional reverse hackle.
Fishing anything other than reverse hackle isn't REALTenkara.
Now I make a loop with my thread and secure the loop to the
thread with the bobbin. I use my hackle
pliers to manage this loop and create a gap.
I then wax it liberally with sticky bees wax.
Finally I feed pieces of Nutrafin Max Betta Color Enhancing
(See footnote) flake food into the sticky waxed loop, winding the loop
as I went to lock the flakes sandwiched between the threads of the loop. Then I wrapped the filled and twisted loop
around the body just as one would wind on dubbing, and secured it with my
bobbin and whip finished the thread.
These beauties will catch fish like you would not
(Original fly design by
Karel, tied by Denver)
Karel will swear to you that you MUST use “Tropical Fish”
blend of Nutrafin Max, but rumor has it that he shows the newbies a “Tropical
Fish” labeled container filled with the “Betta Color Enhancing” blend. Well played Karel, well played.
Author: Denver Dobbins
Approved By: TenkaraGrasshopper
Labels: Denver Dobbins, Karel Lansky, Karel's Catchumall Pattern, Tenkara Flies, Tenkara Humor