Sakasa Kebari

Sakasa Kebari
Artificial fly
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Pheasant tail Sakasa Kebari
TypeTenkara method general attractor wet fly
ImitatesAquatic nymphs
Typical sizes16 - 12
Typical hooksScud or curved
BodyPheasant tail
RibbingCopper wire
ThoraxPeacock herl
Primary useTrout, char

The Sakasa Kebari or reverse-hackle fly is an artificial fly most associated with the Japanese style of tenkara fishing but can be used in most freshwater fly fishing. The Sakasa Kebari is usually defined by firstly its reverse hackle and secondly by its simplicity[1] as compared to western style flies. This fly was originally created to be used in the small, high gradient streams in Japan while fishing for native trout and char.[2]

One of the main differences between Sakasa Kebari style flies and their western counterparts is that while western style flies tend to mimic specific insects in as much detail as can be accomplished[3] the Sakasa Kebari is more impressionistic, what is often called an attractor fly. Instead of trying to incorporate an insect's details it tends to be more general allowing the target fish to 'connect the dots'.[2]

  1. ^ Scott Willoughby The Denver Post (13 February 2013). "Simplicity is sacred in Japanese tenkara technique of fly-fishing". Retrieved 9 December 2015.
  2. ^ a b Kelleher, Kevin C. M.D & Ishimura, Misako (2011). Tenkara - Radically Simple, Ultralight Fly Fishing. Lyons Press. ISBN 978-0-7627-6394-8
  3. ^ Wyatt, Bob (2013). What Trout Want - The Educated Trout and Other Myths. Stackpole. ISBN 978-0811711791