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Tenkara lends itself very well to sub-surface angling techniques. Tenkara is also more useful on generally open streams, while I have found Western fly fishing techniques (which is more complicated) to be more useful on tiny thick, brushy streams. But it all depends upon the skill of the angler. Try using shorter line lengths on your Tenkara rod for those overgrown waters.I personally lean toward wool body flies for this type of fishing. Generally you see smaller size #16-18 and darker flies like black or dark brown, and mohogany early in the season, changing to larger size #14-12 and brighter...

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Soft hackles and wet flies are the most productive fly for the amount of water covered overall. You can get long drifts and swings with little time casting. From the time the fly lands in the water until you pick it up the fly is effective, so stay alert at all times. Wet flies can stand in for many different fish prey. Mayflies, Caddis (all life stages) and minnows are all represented. Also other flies like streamers and leech or crayfish patterns are effective with this method. Almost any pattern that you care to tie on will likely serve you.Speaking...

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