Seeking out some new fishing locations along the streams I often fish.
Continue to improve various casting techniques.
Specifically a method shown recently by John & Paul at DT, a low horizontal back cast under low canopy. Followed by a horizontal forward cast where toward the end the rod is rotated up, ending pretty much at the same 45˚ or so angle when doing a normal overhead forward cast. And still get a FFFO, fly first fly only, kebari splash down. Looks like a bow and arrow back cast may be the way to go.
More often use, and improve on the other known fishing techniques: 逆引き, 横引き, 止釣り, & 止め送り. [ Gyakubiki, yoko biki, tome-dzuri, & tome okuri ] as well as improve natural drift.
Also try 走らかし [ hashira kashi ] . Which John and Paul wrote about in their ebook, or you can find it mentioned in the new print book on page 56. Where it is described as “run around” presentation or more literal “sweep quickly”. Kind of a brownian movement or erratic movement, of the kebari on the water surface with a stiff hackled kebari - creating a wake on the surface. I read of it last summer, but never found a good spot to give it a decent try as I think you need to find something to hide behind.
Anyway, I did not recall seeing, or noticing, the name 走らかし [ hashira kashi ] before reading it in the DT books. But if you do an internet search for テンカラ走らかし釣り[ tenkara hashiraksahi fishing] you will find it mentioned on a few websites.
Most entries I’ve found thus far are similar to the one below, where it states that hashi raksahi was one of many local names, among many other names, for mountain stream kebari fishing before the name Tenkara became widely known and used.
[ "For fishing with kebari fishing, not only the name Tenkara,
Tenggara, tapping, Hashirakashi, kebari fishing,
Etc., there is a long time a unique nickname by the location.l.
… Even if it is named Tenkara, it was once a regional name centered on the Kiso region, and it came to be widely used as it is now, for the last 20 years … ]
Plus continue to learn more about fish behavior. Where they hide out at different times or conditions, what shapes, colors, sizes, of kebari entices them to strike the kebari under the different conditions. After all the best cast and presentation in the world wont catch a fish if they are not where you cast to.
In summary, continue to improve my skills on the hierarchy of priorities of tenkara fishing:
1st learn to cast, 2nd learn to cast precisely to a point, 3d learn to control the splash down of the kebari,
4th learn the best point to cast to, 5th learn the best kebari presentation to make at that point.
Life time goals I think.