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Discovering Tenkara: An Introduction to Tenkara

By Magnus Angus

Well worth getting your hands on this DVD if you are tempted to try tenkara fishing.
Well worth getting your hands on this DVD if you are tempted to try tenkara fishing.

Very well scripted and presented by Paul Gaskell and John Pearson, video quality is excellent. The name explains the purpose of this DVD, it literally introduces tenkara, in a fair degree of depth. Starting with brief and relevant mentions of the Japanese origins of Tenkara fishing I am soon introduced to comparisons and differences.

The presenters talk to me as an equal, they assume I know a bit about conventional fly fishing. Thinking about conventional modern fly fishing, Gaskell and Pearson are very experienced fly-fishers, but they don't ram that down my throat. Rather they simply mention, for example, that when tenkara fishing “shortening your drift times” is a good habit – sounds obvious, but try that phrase on a complete novice. Similarly would the idea of a ‘fly first cast’ make sense if one did not already fish a fly rod? And while I hear these ideas being introduced and explained I see one or other of them doing it.

I really appreciate that the videographer has been able to ‘get in amongst it’, I can see the action well. Look at the bonus raw material and you appreciate how many times a sequence was recorded to get the footage that made the final cut. Then stitch the whole together in editing software and add the sound, gentle music, some ambient river sound, and for the most part a scripted and studio recorded narration by the presenters.

This is an introduction to tenkara for fly fishers. The ideas and contrasts Gaskell and Pearson introduce and explain are well thought out and explained and need me to bring my fly fishing experience – then tenkara fishing looks accessible and very attractive indeed.

Well worth getting your hands on this DVD if you are tempted to try tenkara fishing.

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Presented by Paul Gaskell and John Pearson
Details at www.discovertenkara.co.uk/
Price: £17.50
From www.fishonproductions.co.uk

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