Fly tying photos (#flytying #kebari #flypatterns)

(David S Riley) #21

I like them all but particularly like the last one. What is the body please?


(Peder) #22

Yes, we were predicted to get 8"-14" (20cm-35cm) of wet, heavy snow, followed by rain. We ended up getting about a 2" (5cm) of snow, followed by 4" (10cm) of sleet, and 0.5" (1.75cm) of rain. It’s forecast to rain from tomorrow through next Sunday.

Thanks. That’s actually my interpretation of a fly from Yuu Cadowachi’s petauro blog that I’ve been refining over the past year and a half. It can be fished dry or wet and it has become one of my best flies, particularly for really picky brook trout. It works well (at least for me) any time throughout the fishing season. When I don’t know what I want to tie on, I often use it as an exploratory fly. I have them tied from size 10 - 18. This is his fly:

Thanks. That is my interpretation of one of Ajari-san’s kebari from the Discover Tenkara Kebari e-book (pages 234-235). I did not have the white wool called for in the pattern and just used what I had at hand. The body is DMC Stranded Cotton Embroidery Thread. I purchase it at our local craft shop in town and it’s very cheap ($1.25 each for 8m). It’s quite easy to find in craft or sewing shops or online.

About two years ago, I read on one of the Japanese blogs (apologies, I don’t remember which one) about someone using it for bodies and also remember the gentleman who taught me to tie flies also used it.

It’s brilliant, I really like using it and also like what they look like when wet. Sometimes I’ll use it as is and sometimes I’ll pull the strands apart. Currently, I have about a dozen colors, but they make 465 and they are all color fast. They do not bleed or fade. This is color #712, a light cream that reminds me of a light cahill coloring.

(David Walker) #23

Well then, it seems Iwana and picky brook trout have the same taste.

My shot at a couple of versions made this afternoon.

Speaking of Brook Trout. About 3 weeks ago I was informed my wife agreed to purchase a used VW Jetta diesel for our son from his employer. The sales pitch was that it would get over 3x the mpg as his pickup truck, and he could afford to drive home more frequently or at least for a lot less fuel cost. Last weekend he comes home to renew his CDL license and register and tag the Jetta. He comes home with his custom license plate, that has a picture of a Brook Trout on the left side, with the first characters of the license plate number - BT printed vertically, and otherwise using a completely different numbering scheme from other standard state license plates. Kids, find a way to beat you to the cool things. :wink:

(Peder) #24

Those look nice David. The one on the left looks similar to one of the variations that I tied last year. At least for me, those colors worked better earlier in the year and the Partridge feathers worked all season.

(David S Riley) #25

Thanks Peder.
I have the colour 712 . I never thought of using the DMC embroidery thread at all. even though I bought a whole load of colours to use with midge patterns as recommended in’Fishing Magic’ by Ed Koch & Don Holbrook. I Tend to use one strand for midges but looking at it from a different perspective it does look very useful for nymphs, kebari etc. It will compliment my wool stock nicely.


(Peder) #26

Yes, that book is one of the ones that really popularised the use of these. As you say though, most people only use it on midge patterns. In fact there’s a new midge tying video on YouTube that’s really advocating it again. Either way, I think it works great for other flies/kebari as well.

(Peder) #27

These two flies were the ones that started the season for me yesterday. I lost the first one to a tree and switched to the second.

This pattern I got from one of the Discover Tenkara videos. It worked brilliantly. Water was clear and cold (46F/8C) and still running high.

Hook: Firehole Outdoors #633, size 12
Body: White antron dubbing
Thread: Body - white UTC 70 denier; head - Griffith’s Cobweb 6/0 fluorescent orange
Hackle: White cape

This one worked well too, though not until later in the day. I really liked how the stiff hackle behaved, particularly in faster current.

Hook: Firehole Outdoors #633, size 12
Thread: UNI 6/0 red
Body: Shetland’s Spindrift Purple Haze
Hackle: Ginger cock neck

(Peder) #29

Well, I guess it’s me posting here again. Hope you guys don’t mind. We had rain for three days straight and I was tired of sitting in the house. So, I took a drive to a fly shop over in New Hampshire on Saturday. I found another brilliant deal. The hen pheasant below was on the discount rack because it was missing the tail/rump, but I didn’t care. There were two others on there and when I asked if the price was actually that low, two old timers rushed over and each grabbed one. If I have time later, I’ll edit this and post what materials I used. All of these were tied using feathers from the hen pheasant.

Hook: Firehole Outdoors #633 size 16
Bead head: black tungsten, 2.4mm
Thread: black Uni 8/0
Body & tail: pheasant tail fibers
Rib: extra small Uni wire, red
Thorax: hare’e ice dub, brown
Hackle: hen pheasant

Hook: Firehole Outdoors #633 size 12
Thread: unknown brand, likely 8/0, tan
Body: Shetland Spindrift cream
Hackle: hen pheasant

Hook: Firehole Outdoors #633 size 16
Thread: black Uni 8/0
Body: black hare’s ear
Rib: extra small Uni wire, copper
Hackle: hen pheasant

Hook: Firehole Outdoors #633 size 16
Thread: black Uni 8/0
Body: hare’e ice dub, black
Hackle: hen pheasant

Hook: Firehole Outdoors #633 size 12
Thread: body Uni 8/0, light yellow; head Uni 8/0 red
Body: embroidery thread, light yellow (don’t remember the color number)
Thorax: peacock herl
Hackle: hen pheasant

Hook: Firehole Outdoors #633 size 16
Thread: black Uni 8/0
Body: peacock herl
Hackle: hen pheasant

Hook: Firehole Outdoors #633 size 12
Thread: Danville 6/0 light olive
Body: see thread
Hackle: hen pheasant

Hook: Firehole Outdoors #633 size 16
Thread: black Uni 8/0
Body: hare’e ice dub, brown
Hackle: hen pheasant

(Chris Lynch) #30

Nerf or Nothing kebari. Who knows if this will catch a trout, but I bet a bluegill will love it. #tieflies #tenkara #flyfishing #flytying by Chris Lynch, on Flickr

Hook: #12 nymph
Thread: black uni
Body: hacked up nerf dart chunk
Hackle: hen pheasant

I call it Nerf or Nothing Kebari. Sort of a hybrid between a traditional Kebari pattern and a Southern Appalachian standby, the Neversink Caddis… meets livingroom tying at 11pm when you have a 5yr old and nerf darts everywhere.

Last minute session, Victoria Australia
(Duncan Philpott) #31

While the Ishigaki style kebari remains constant with most of my outings, everything else is subject to change. My fairly limited tying materials gets mixed and matched inconsistently. Here’s the last session at the vice.

(Mike Shelton) #32

Excellent fly tying, these kebari flies are amazing!!! Thank you for sharing.

(todoroki toshirou) #33

kenbane-kebari 1

kenbane-kebari 2

kenbane-kebari 3



my favorite-kebari

There are a lot of snow in the garden
It is kebari making wait for spring

(RC) #34

Just a few patterns I’ve been playing with lately.
Japanese silk yarn and wool yarn bodies.

(Peder) #35

Is that the Ito yarn Robb? It looks brilliant!

I really like tying with yarn and have been doing so more and more in recent years.

(RC) #36

It is the Ito yarn. Very nice stuff to tie with.

(Peder) #37

They both look like they would be great spring patterns.

(Tom Davis) #38

I too am a big fan of yarn bodied flies. They predominate my fly box, as I find them very successful.

(todoroki toshirou) #39

Very nice kebari :wink:
I feel a great technique

I will also recommend how to use Tinsel under winding

When wet, it glows from the bottom

(Kohei Yamamoto ) #40

By the way
A scattered cherry(sakura) looks like a sakasa-kebari, doesn’t it?
(Sorry, I couldn’t find the thread to post.)

(David Walker) #41

Maybe 3 years ago I found a blog wherein the blogger actually tied kebari intended to look like flowers. And I posted the links to his blog on the tenkara-fisher forum.

He also tied a lot of normal looking kebari too. Some of the ones that looked like flowers looked like they might actually catch fish. Others were so flower-like, I think they were more art than fishing flies to actually fish with.

If I recall correctly the blog was written in Japanese, but he was not in Japan. Seems like he was in Malaysia or Singapore. I think there were also some youtube videos showing how he tied some of them.

Anyway, I can not come up with the right search phrase to find the blog again. Or maybe it has gone away. In my effort to find it again all I found were 水中・花 毛鉤 シフトノブ {underwater flower kebari shift knobs} Here is one example:

There were of course other shift knobs that just had tiny flowers inside.