While you can use any fly you like with your tenkara rod, traditional reverse-hackle tenkara flies (or sakasa kebari) are incredibly versatile and undeniably effective. Their design imitates a wide variety of potential fish food and the reverse hackle allows subtle fish-enticing action to be imparted.
These are the tenkara flies used by Dr. Hisao Ishigaki, leading authority on tenkara in Japan. For the last 10 years, Dr. Ishigaki has used this one tenkara fly pattern exclusively and has continued catching as many fish as he ever did. The Ishigaki Kebari fully embodies the simple spirit of tenkara fly fishing, where more emphasis is placed on the technique of the angler, not on the gear he uses.
Size 12. Three flies per set.