Chris Stewart AKA Tenkara Bum, is a pioneer in the Tenkara movement. I buy my personal Tenkara rods from him. This is a reproduction of one of his patterns.
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I do not use hen pheasant hackle for these. Hen pheasant feather barbules are generally longer that those of the partridge. The numbers of the small neck feathers required to produce them commercially are few in number on a pelt. It would be cost prohibitive to use them commercially for this popular pattern.
Instead, I use partridge hackle. I also do not use the fine copper wire that makes the Sawyer part of the pattern historical. I substitute .005 gold ribbing wire instead which is harder and stronger. I'm a big fan of gold for trout, and of course it's also a better commercial choice, with no breakage to slow me down.
I use sand color Jamieson's Shetland wool, colored with sand Prismacolor(TM) just as Chris does. Traditionally tied on a size #12 wet fly hook.
Sold as 3 Flies. Size #12 only.
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