Haya Yamabe kebari & Tenkara

I’m messing about with google searches this evening when I discover a couple of websites wherein they write about or illustrate using Haya or Yamabe kebari when tenkara fishing or going Haya or Yamabe fishing with a tenkara rod. OK, So I wondered what’s the difference between a tenkara kebari and Haya or Yamabe kebari.

ハヤ・ヤマベ・毛鉤 [ Haya Yamabe kebari]
Haya { Japanese Dace}

To me they look a little bit like half way between a Bead head kebari and an Ayu kebari or a bead head with usually more colors. The web site I found used only one Haya or Yamabe kebari with a tenkara rod.

The sets appear to come rigged as a group of 5 or 7 kebari with a float.

The Discover Tenkara guys weren’t first with a Karasu kebari [カラス毛鉤] Crow Kebari.


See more Haya Yamabe Kebari here:
Index Page with Links to Additional Haya Yamabe Kebari

Yoshikazu Fujioka-san describes these types of kebari on this web page

On the following website - scroll down to the diagram under paragraph ④テンカラ.
The diagram is labelled オイカワのテンカラ仕掛け, Oikawa Tenkara rig.
Note the kebari is labelled as ハヤ毛鉤など, Haya fly, etc. Tenkara rod, fluorocarbon line, nylon tippet.

Honda also has an interesting page for ハスの仕掛け, Hasu rig (shikake).
On the above linked Yoshikazu Fujioka-san web page he describes the Hasu this way,
"Hasu (Pale chub) and Haya (Japanese dace) in Kyoto. (Standard Japanese name of Hasu is Oikawa, and it is called Yamabe in Kanto.)

On the Honda web page they describe the Hasu this way:
It looks like an enlarged Oikawa, but it is a predator meat eating fish that eats small fish etc.
So you can catch with a lure or a fly. Although not very common, from size and habitat it is a cool opponent to fish with tenkara.


Since you can not copy and paste the text on the diagram, to digitally translate it. Here is the text that may not be easily understood. I think everyone can see it is a Tenkara rod of 3.6m ~ 4.5m.

フロロカーボン 0。8号1。7m
Shooting line for fly fishing
Depending on the (distance to target) point 5 to 7 m

Harris (aka tippet)
Fluorocarbon No. 0.8 1.7 m
Sometimes 2 to 3 meters long line
Whitish kebari #12

If you invite (sasoi), an elongated silhouette is recommended.
I’m not sure if that means use anelongated silhouette kebari or use an elongated movement of the kebari. But that is probably specific to that species of fish.

Anyway, the fishing rigs are kind of standard variation. Many of the Haya & Yamabe kebari are interesting. I was just surprised to find several websites recommending the use of Haya or Yamabe kebari for tenkara fishing. Especially when targeting fish other than the usual tenkara target fish of Iwana, Yamame, Amago etc. Kind of an indication that kebari of different type are used when fishing with tenkara rods.

テンカラでオイカワを釣る。 Oikawa Fishing with Tenkara.
[pretty much looks like Tanago/ Bitterling fishing to me, but the size of the fish, I think, keeps it C&R not catch and eat. Which should keep the fish population plentiful]

Nissin ProSquare Super Tenkara 320 6;4 rod. Kyoto President Oikawa dry fly. 3.2m FCLL. He admits this is not traditional tenkara fishing because of using the dry fly.

I am still looking for a good web site of video showing how to tie a haya or yamabe kebari.

真田毛鉤 Sanada kebari are also interesting.

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The biggest difference is the size

tenkara-kebari is usually # 12, but haya.ymabe-kebari is about # 18

Game property increases

It will also be in the practice of invitation(誘い) of tenkara-rod

It will be a pleasure in a mountain stream fishing prohibited fishing period

In my recognition it has been seen as a simplified version of ayu-kebari
Genealogy of kyō-kebari 京毛鉤

haya = ugui
yamabe = oikawa (oikawa)
Both are region-specific names

I also enjoy during the winter period #20~#22

Because it is a young fish of about 5 cm, I can not eat it

The same purpose kebari

Words for the Web site search


・・・hasu live in a small area

Thank you for the information reply.
Sorry for my delayed reply. I have been away from home the last several days.