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Techniques Compilation from Discover Tenkara

PostPosted: Fri Dec 20, 2013 9:38 pm
by dwalker
Interesting Tenkara casting and fly presentation techniques demonstrated by Paul Gaskell in a 14 minute video. There is no audio describing the the techniques, only titles on the video. Demonstrating what he calls off shoulder cast, under rod tip, oval cast, etc. I have certainly used similar cast I just never applied those names to them. He uses them for casting under low cover. Other topics are line handling when landing large fish, sutebari, etc.

I have often noticed that Tenkara no oni's cast often appear to be oval shaped and some of the cast of the guys in Italy look similar on some videos on Davide's youtube channel ( mmmuuuccc). This is probably due to their native Valsesiana fishing method that uses multiple flies and the circular casting helps keep the flies from becoming entangled.

下田香津矢師 (Shimoda Kōdzuya-shi) Shimoda Kozuya Master, video , Tenkara Casting ( テンカラキャスティング ) is perhaps the only other video I have seen emphasizing the cross body or off shoulder casting. For those new to tenkara who may not have seen this video before it is linked below. 8 minutes

Another interesting video on the Discover Tenkara web site is Dr Ishigaki's 2013 presentation to Discover Tenkara group. It shares a lot with his presentation in the Catskills in 2009, as seen in the video Tenkara in the Land of Little Rivers.

But there is also some new material. Of most interest is how the kebari developed for fast flowing Japanese mountain streams are different from flies developed in slower flowing western streams, and how this difference may make a difference in the type of flies you may want to use. In summary in fast flowing streams fish must react quickly or miss their meal, and they more readily respond to larger flies. In slower water fish have more time to examine the appearance of the fly before deciding whether to take the fly, therefore fly size, shape and color are more important. And a surprise blessing of tungsten weighted flies too. However, he still emphasized that in Tenkara fishing the focus in on fishing technique rather than the fly used.

The video is 20:39 minutes.

If you were ever curious about Dr Ishigaki's research work. Here is a reference to some of his work that made it into the western world as a consumer Nintendo game.
"The game was developed with the help of Hisao Ishigaki, a professor in the field of sports medicine who specializes in vision research, and has helped developed computer-assisted vision training programs for professional athletes....Ishigaki thinks of this game as training the brain rather than the eye muscles...At the Games Convention in Germany in August 2007, Flash Focus was nominated by a jury as one of the three "Best of Nintendo DS" games presented at that conference. The jury later picked the game as the best one, citing that it was "great fun." "


Re: Techniques Compilation from Discover Tenkara

PostPosted: Sat Dec 21, 2013 4:53 pm
by adventureR
Great links as usual D! I like to think of Tenkara No Oni's time spent fishing through out his life helped him to develop his excellent eyesight. I imagine to Dr. Ishigaki this is what he must think as well. His presentation was great to watch. It would be great fun to meet and fish with him. Thanks for the links!

I like to play around with different casts, its nice to see videos with the line movement. Very graceful looking casting, nice streams. I need to get after some fish.

Re: Techniques Compilation from Discover Tenkara

PostPosted: Sat Dec 21, 2013 5:02 pm
by tsegelke
Nice videos. Thanks

Re: Techniques Compilation from Discover Tenkara

PostPosted: Sun Dec 22, 2013 7:47 am
by John @ Tenkara USA
For me, it's a little easier to stay out of trouble with an oval cast. That's especially true when using long lines.

I've heard about Dr. Ishigaki's video game before, but don't know a ton about it. I heard that Ichiro used it, but not sure. I've always wondered if it would help my pool game but I think it's more to help see balls that are moving.

Re: Techniques Compilation from Discover Tenkara

PostPosted: Sun Dec 22, 2013 4:39 pm
by Paul Gaskell
Thanks for the name-check and link through to video D :D

We have a ton of video to edit from this summer just gone including stuff that we've done and also Dr. Ishigaki's on-stream demos. It was also wonderful to host TUSA's very own founder Daniel as well - only this time it was him with the camera gear!

Peace and tenkara,

PS if you want to see what we think about the Rhodo and Sato (clue, we think they are great!) there is a little more photo and video content in these posts (the second link has the video): ... kara-rods/
and ... ecret-fly/