Japanese Tenkara Fishing in the Peak District

I recently had the pleasure of a few hours of Tenkara fishing in the upland streams of the Peak District, courtesy of expert Paul Gaskell. A traditional Japanese method of fishing, Tenkara differs from normal fly fishing in the use of a long rod and a short line. This setup means a fly can be accurately placed into the small pools and eddies found in mountain streams. The light equipment needed  makes for a fast moving experience, scrambling up and alongside the streams surrounded by the August heather.  I am unqualified to use any more detailed fishing terms than these, so check out Discover Tenkara here for more information. 

Traditional Japanese Tenkara bamboo rod. 

Traditional Japanese Tenkara bamboo rod. 

The light equipment required means remote streams can be accessed, surrounded by the lush scenery of the Peak District in August.

The light equipment required means remote streams can be accessed, surrounded by the lush scenery of the Peak District in August.

making final preparations to the equipment
A different stance and casting technique to normal fly fishing involves a high rod tip position, and lots of moving around, looking and guessing which eddies and pools the fish will be in, casting then moving on. 

A different stance and casting technique to normal fly fishing involves a high rod tip position, and lots of moving around, looking and guessing which eddies and pools the fish will be in, casting then moving on. 

august heather on the surrounding hills. Fly fishing in England, not orvis or simms 
looking down on the stream whilst casting, heather in the foreground. tenkara uses similar flies to fly fishing, but a longer rod
Some of the traditional fishing equipment, a bamboo rod, line and flies brough back from japan. 
A brrown trout caught in one of the upland streams. safely released after a picture. The fish in these streams are usually relatively small

A brrown trout caught in one of the upland streams. safely released after a picture. The fish in these streams are usually relatively small

sneaking up on some of the pools where fish may be feeding
Making final adjustments to the fly line, stream in background 
Catching the line; there is no fly reel to bring fish in, the line is short and must be brought in by hand using a special technique.

Catching the line; there is no fly reel to bring fish in, the line is short and must be brought in by hand using a special technique.

Waders are too slow to work up and down the fast stream, instead neoprene leg wraps are used. Here pictured is a traditional rod carrying case

Waders are too slow to work up and down the fast stream, instead neoprene leg wraps are used. Here pictured is a traditional rod carrying case

fast flowing waters in the upland stream, not orvis or simms
tools and equipment for fly fishing 
casting tenkara style in the upland streams of the Peak District

casting tenkara style in the upland streams of the Peak District

Traditional spool

Traditional spool

A modern Tenkara fly fishing rod - no reel. 

A modern Tenkara fly fishing rod - no reel. 

walking back to the car after a tenkara fly fishing trip