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8 April 2014

Tenkara Course Yorkshire

Stephen Cheetham and I started the new season with an Introduction to Tenkara Course on the River Wharfe on the Ilkley Angling Association Waters. It kicked off a series of courses and events that the West Yorkshire branch of the Salmon and Trout Association intend to host throughout the coming year.

With four fly fishermen keen to find out more about this delightful and engaging style of fly fishing both Steve and I felt over the moon when a wild brown trout came to hand within the first five minutes of the guys casting a line. Ten more fish came to hand over the afternoon session some around the lb mark and all in beautiful condition.

Tenkara Course - Yorkshire from philip sheridan on Vimeo.

As a Certified Tenkara Guide with Tenkara USA I found it satisfying at just how quickly all the guys gained the core principles of tenkara:
  • The short arc of the cast;
  • The high rod tip throughout the drift;
  • The deft employment of Sasoi,  or manipulations of the traditional kebari (tenkara fly patterns), that they used on the day.
Many thanks must go to Brian, Barney and the two Peter's for their great company, good humour and generous feedback.

The video above captures just a flavour of the day. I hope it inspires you to get out and wet a line soon.

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