When I go fishing, may it be for two hours or a full day, I always carry a ziploc plastic bag in which I collect materials I find on the walk to the stream or on the river's edge.
The next trout season will start in six weeks now and as I was tyding my fly tying stuff this morning I did find back the bag and opening it the first thing that I got in hand was a blackbird wing. Even though the trout season is coming soon I am not caught in a fly tying craze but this small feathers inspired me to tie a Kenbane kebari variant.
As you have probably understood if you follow this blog I am an avid traditional ties enthusiast and it did not long to decide to use these feathers to tie a variant of the Kenbane kebari. The original pattern
is tied using pheasant for the hackle but I am running out of it today.
The process is not complicated at all. To start I crush the feather stem with the butt of a boxcutter.
The next step to clean the inside of the half stem with a bodkin. Be careful to do it gently not to pierce it because it would make the material very fragile.
The tying has nothing particular besides the feather's preparation. I used a Tiemco 100 size 14 hook on which I tied zenmai, a fine golden wire, blackbird feather with a burnt orange 6/0 thread.
I like more and more slowly tying a small quantity of kebari. For my personal use I rarely tie more than three or four at each session now. I am not interested by productivity anymore, I enjoy the simple pleasure of craft in harmony with my tenkara.
As I am looking at these Kenbane kebari I think that today I could sum up my tenkara by a statement such as "Built to fish". Like many fly fishermen I have long been attached to aesthetic details but now I have realized that the fact of judging the fishing capacities of a fly pattern based on aesthetic is a complete nonsense. A fish eye is not a human eye, a dry and immobile pattern on a fly tying desk is not a drifting insect and I do not think that a trout has even the slightest idea of what is a kebari.
How do you think trouts look at you?