Please note: This is my own personal review of these products. I have no affiliation or relationship with Discover Tenkara and purchased these products on my own.
About a month ago, I took the plunge and decided to purchase some of the Discover Tenkara premium content from their shop on Gumroad. I have enjoyed their free content on YouTube and Vimeo. In thinking about it, I had a few different reasons for doing so: 1. I wanted to see what all the talk was about; 2. I wanted to support their work; 3. It’s been a very long time since I have purchased any fly fishing or fly tying reading that has interested me. With that, I bought the following:
In Focus Insider: Kura-san On-stream Coaching Video Lesson
Kura-san Top Tactics PDF
Episode 4: In Focus Insider Go Ishii’s On-stream Masterclass
Discovering Kebari: Choosing and Using Flies that Catch Fish (PDF e-book)
Discover Tenkara Vol. 3 DVD: Japanese Kebari Practical Fishing Applications
Thus far, I have enjoyed and found value in everything that I bought. In fact, I have watched two of the videos multiple times already. There are many good fly tying books out there and I’ve read quite a number of them, but I feel it’s been quite a while since I have found one that has pushed my thinking about fly tying further. I will be the first to admit that I certainly am not an expert in fly tying and have never done so professionally; I’ve only tied for myself. This certainly has limitations to my level of growth and I am aware of that.
I’ve never been one to really “match the hatch” and have for the most part only ever been interested in wet flies and nymphs. There was a short period where I was into dry flies, but that didn’t last very long. No offense to those who do, it’s just never been my thing. I think this is part of what initially got my attention with tenkara. I digress.
I would like to focus in one particular item that I purchased, the “Discovering Kebari: Choosing and Using Flies that Catch Fish (PDF e-book)”. This is the first book in a long time that I feel has pushed my thinking about fly tying further. It didn’t teach me any new tying techniques or specific skills when I sit at my vise. Rather, it has pushed me to think about the ideas and dare I say the philosophies behind my flies and kebari that I tie and use. The amount of science they use in explaining things is one part that I really valued in the book. Is it new information in the world of fly tying? I don’t honestly know, because it’s been a very long time since I’ve purchased any reading materials on this topic. Was it valuable to me? Absolutely. It has pushed me to think a little differently both in my tying and how I fish those flies. I would highly recommend this book to anyone, experienced or not. I hope you find as much value in it as I have done.
My only complaint? I wish the book came printed and bound. Call me old-school, although I appreciate the ease and convenience of an e-book, I personally like to hold a book in my hands.
In watching Video 3 I realized; rather, maybe it’s more appropriate to say that I came to accept, similarly to Tadashi Otani, I love to experiment in my tying. Here is what I have been tying in the past month since reading the book. I think some turned out well and others, less so but it’s a learning process and lots of fun too!
Yes, I have tied multiples of all of them. They are not just “one-offs”.