|Some of my best flies, clockwise from the top left, Trout Fin Sakasa Kebari, Bubble Kebari, Brassie Sakasa Kebari & Ausable Kebari|
Now for the flies I have chosen to send. I decided I will submit my Ausable Kebari, Bubble Kebari, Trout Fin Sakasa Kebari, and last, but not least, the Brassie Sakasa Kebari. I have several reasons for selecting these four. One of the biggest reasons is simply how many times the posts about these particular flies have been viewed. These four have generated hundreds and hundreds of views, especially the Ausable Kebari. In addition, when it comes down to fly swaps and giving flies to friends and other fisherman, these are the most requested. I believe with the popularity of Tenkara in the US and overseas increasing so fast it will only be a matter of time before sakasa kebari and other types of flies, which developed in conjunction with Tenkara rods, begin showing up in major fly catalogs. Sakasa Kebari are essentially soft hackle flies with the hackle oriented in the reverse direction. Soft hackle flies have been around for hundreds of years for good reason...they work! The best part of these flies is that one does not have to fish Tenkara style only to use them. They will work just as well with traditional western fly gear. My flies are not exactly traditional Japanese kebari. I have incorporated many aspects of American fly designs into them because I feel these flies benefit from the ideas of two different fly fishing cultures. The bottom line is they do and will catch fish. If my flies don't make the cut, that's OK, there are some very talented people out there with some great flies. I just think someday it would be very gratifying to come across another fisherman streamside asking him or her how the fishing is going and see them unhooking a beautiful trout with the fly you designed in it's mouth.