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Discover Tenkara – Japanese Fly Fishing, Kebari, Mountain Streams & Fly Casting

Discover Tenkara – Japanese Fly Fishing, Kebari, Mountain Streams & Fly Casting


In this episode of The Country Gent Podcast, we chat with Paul Gaskell and John Pearson of Discover Tenkara.

Tenkara is a Japanese form of fly fishing and their mission is to share with the western world the authentic skills and knowledge they have learnt from their regular visits to Japan. Because they are both expert fly fishers, they are able to interpret what they learn from the Japanese masters for their audience.

In the interview we cover:

  • What tenkara is
  • The history of the technique and how it’s historically been applied in Japan
  • The equipment used and how it differs from western style fly fishing
  • They type of water it’s best used on
  • Why they believe it’s important to visit Japan regularly
  • Tenkara flies (kerbari)
  • The mechanics of the cast
  • Fly manipulation
  • Streamcraft
  • Playing fish

As you can see below, we also filmed the interviews. We first spoke with Paul about the method its self.

We then spoke with John who gets more technical and talks technique.

If you would like to learn more about tenkara, a good way is to subscribe to their YouTube channel where they host their series Tenkara in Focus. The YouTube playlist for season 1 can be found here and season 2 will be out soon.

If you have been fishing tenkara for a while and have been waiting for a premium rod to come onto the market, Paul and John have just released a rod called the Karasu. Available in two lengths, these Japanese made rods look stunning and from what we’ve heard, are lovely to fish with. Click here to find out more.

They will also soon be releasing a print book called How to Fool Fish with Simple Flies so keep an eye on their website for that.

The whisky featured in Malt of the Month is the Glenlivet Cipher. Greg Dillon describes it as one of the most curious releases of last year having been released with no tasting notes, limited information on what it’s made up of and the fact that it comes in a very cool looking matt black bottle. It’s unfortunately quite hard to get hold of and nowhere seems to have any stock at the time of writing but it is drip fed into retail so occasionally you might see it. For more information, visit the Cipher page on the Glenlivet website.

The free resource mentioned in the podcast is the audio download of Greg Dillon telling us how to properly taste and appreciate whisky. This is a bonus not to be missed! You can get it here.

In the 9th part of the Monarch of the Month series, our resident historian tells us all about King Henry VIII. There’s so much to talk about that we’ve broken it down into three episodes so this is part one.

Enjoy the show.