Tenkara Talk

Tenkara fishing is finding a good following among U.S. anglers. Certainly it is fun and different. More important, it teaches one some very needed skills about using the rod in fighting and landing fish.

Tenkara has a good presence at the Fly Fishing Show. A Tenkara group was not only present in Denver, but they also gave great demos and presentations on the sport of Tenkara. Jason Klass posted a photo of me in Denver using a regular fly rod and demonstrating the Bow and Arrow cast, which is often used by Tenkara anglers.

There are many other casting tactics that can be adopted straight from casting with a guided rod, including such novel casts as the side-arm roll cast, single-handed Spey, C-cast, Snap Cast,, all the Reach Mend variations, and much more. For a more thorough examination of this highly refined “pole and string” style of fishing go to www.tenkaratalk.com/

The Bow and Arrow Cast is important to all fly fishers. It is a favorite of mine and a good way to introduce the concept of Presentation. Photo by Jason Klass.



  1. Thank you Gary. I appreciate you talking about tenkara. Sorry I didn’t get to meet you this time, hope we get to meet sometime.

  2. Thanks for the mention Gary! It was great to see your presentation. I especially liked the “karate chop” analogy. I think that is a great teaching point–especially for people just learning to cast.

  3. Mick says:

    I was lucky to be introduced to flyfishing by my father when I was 5 years old at lake Eucumbene in NSW Australia. Dad gave me the basics and obviously I practiced and practiced, My first fish was. 3.5lb rainbow, caught on a green nymph. That was 38years ago and my passion is still walking the banks with rod in hand.
    I must say I learnt 90% of casting, and fishing methods from Gary Borger videos I use to get from the library and books that he wrote.
    Thanks Gary for helping me love fly fishing and appreciating every fish I catch, your videos books have been watched and read numerous times, and I must say I have caught many trout using your Bow and Arrow cast.
    You are a bloody legend mate, down here in Aus.

  4. Gary Borger says:

    Thanks so much for your lovely comment I am happy and proud to have been a source of information for you. And the bloody part of the legend is from the fish beating me up so much. Thanks again!