Not tenkara fishing, rather bait fishing (エサ釣り). with a Shimano 6.1m 天平 (tenpyō) ZZ 硬中硬61 rod. A 3-way rod I think.
Why post this video? First, why only watch old men fish when you can watch an attractive wahine fish? Secondly, who but the Japanese would make pliers to hold earth worms? (well, it could have been small fuse pliers used for the task. Thirdly, it’s the first time I ever saw an instructor Inōe Satoshi ( 井上總 , いのうえ さとし) teach where the fish lay using a rubber fish on the end of a stick.
Video was found on the Mountain-Creek (aka Tenkara Life) website,
Under the post - Four types of mountain stream fishing, the advantage of each genre.
Bait, Lure, Fly Fishing and Tenkara. See the rest of the blog post here:
As might be expected, the video linked under the Tenkara section is the video with Dr. Ishigki
#092 伝統の釣りテンカラ シンプルに渓魚と遊ぶ
Thank you for posting.
As I have taught myself Japanese style baitfishing with this very rod, the video was interesting for me to watch on a couple of levels. The equipment set up and casting techniques. Keiichi pointed me in the right direction. Together, we came up with a good plan for me to teach myself and I did well.
My teachers are few but always with me. The first one is the fish, the second is the rod. The way I feel after the lesson is my report card.
I’m happy to report that I passed the bait fishing class with flying colors however, I am NOT a supporter of this school as the feeling I get when bait fishing is embarrassing to me.
Baitfishing is absolutely horrible to fish, you catch them every time, immediately.
For me, bait fishing is akin to a harvest, it’s a killing.
I see no sport in it unless I want a meal.
I’ll keep my bait fishing equipment as it is part of my education but in the future, I am more apt to make it a kebari than a grub, egg or earthworm. I’ll make it sport rather than a blood sport.
It is not fun to me, it’s like master baiting and getting caught, terribly embarrassing. Feels good but as an adult, I prefer doing it the right way with my love of kebari.
But I do appreciate the video, I did get through that class on my own with good style.
…and I didn’t get caught.