Fountainhead Tenkara Fly Fishing

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Fly "Patch"

Posted by Tenkara Flyfish on August 31, 2015 at 6:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Here's a simple DIY way to dry flies.  

Another Easy Rod Cap/Plug Solution

Posted by Tenkara Flyfish on August 31, 2015 at 6:40 AM Comments comments (0)

A friend of mine showed me this.  Quick and easy, just a piece of flat foam folded over.  Adding the cord makes it easy to handle, and hard to lose.

Fish Relaease Gizmo

Posted by Tenkara Flyfish on August 9, 2014 at 5:50 PM Comments comments (0)

I've been using one of these wine cork fish release giznos for the past couple of years.  I haven't had to touch a single fish.  It's just a loop of wire.  To use, insert you line into the loop and slide it down until it reaches the hook.  Hold the leader in the other hand and gentle lift the fish up using the gizmo inside the bend of the hook.  the fish falls right off.  Just make sure to do this over...

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Another Rod Cap/Plug option

Posted by Tenkara Flyfish on November 26, 2012 at 6:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Next time you find yourself sitting around the campfire with your trusty pocket knife handy, grab a branch and make yourself a spare (or replacement) rod cap.

As with all things tenkara, take it slow and easy, use a gentle hand.


Make sure you don't try to force a peg that is too big into a hole that is too small....

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Replacement Tenkara Rod Plug

Posted by Tenkara Flyfish on October 24, 2010 at 4:57 PM Comments comments (0)

If you fish a fixed-length-line rod, there is a 98% probability you fall into one of these groups-

1) I HAVE lost a rod plug

2) I WILL lose a rod plug

3) All of the above

The good news, it's easy and cheap to make a functional replacement.

Start off with a cheap pair of foam flip flops.  You mi...

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Tenkara Rod Grip Pads

Posted by Tenkara Flyfish on September 29, 2010 at 5:35 PM Comments comments (0)

One needs to be particularly careful when closing a Tenkara rod after a day astream.  The vast majority of Tenkara rods are broken while collapsing the rod.  Cold, wet, tired hands don't help.  It helps immensely to be able to get a good,firm grip on the rod, in order to be able to apply precise and controlled force while closing the rod.  A good way to get a firm grip is to use a rubber grip pad. 

One can use a rubber jar opener, or a piece of rubb...

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Replace a Tenkara Lilian Rod Tip

Posted by Tenkara Flyfish on May 12, 2010 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (7)

Lilian is the name of the hollow braided string which is attached to the end of a Tenkara rod. The lilian is used to connect to the Tenkara fly line to the Tenkara rod.


The lilian is hollow, and is designed to slip over the end of the Tenkara rod tip.  The first step is to dry fit the lilian onto the tip of the rod.  This will help develop the opening in the lilian, making it easier to get started for the final assembly.  Once you have the lilian...

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PVC Tenkara Rod Case

Posted by Tenkara Flyfish on April 14, 2010 at 6:54 AM Comments comments (1)

One rod housing option.




I have a problem, er I mean opportunity that is probably unique to only me.



Bright shiny aluminum/carbon rod tubes that come with alot of rods are nice, very nice, actually TOO nice.




I drive a pickup, and when I go fishing, I often park my truck in spots that have alot of people coming and going, often times at least a few with prying eyes. I also...

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Tenkara Line Winders

Posted by Tenkara Flyfish on April 11, 2010 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (0)

I recently saw a photo of a neat idea in regards to Tenkara line storage.  It used a hook made from the foam used in flip flops.  Fully intending to steal, er I mean, reuse that basic design, I headed to my flip flop pile. I always have a bunch around, they make great popper heads for bluegills (and bass like them too). Anyhow on top of the pile was one of the straps I had previously cut off one of the flips. As I picked it up, I realized why I had kept it a several month earlier...

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