A few days ago the guys at Discover Tenkara uploaded a video, Long Line Tenkara Tactics. In contrast to long lines tactics some people prefer or conditions require the use of extremely short lines. Maybe only 1.5 ~ 2m in length. I haven’t tried it yet. But some days I think a long rod with a very short line might be a better strategy that switching to a < 3m rod to fish brushy streams.
Yesterday I discovered a 32 minute video, 2017テンカラ釣り , posted May 8th, on the Abe Masa YTC. Many people who have been involved with Tenkara for a few years are probably familiar with the Abe Masa You Tube Channel. And probably also have heard of the method of fishing frequently called Lantern Fishing, aka Chō-chin-dzuri [ちょうちん釣り ]. I believe the name was adapted from the way lanterns were carried long ago suspended from a short line on the end of a long pole.
Abe Masa didn’t use the name Chō-chin [ちょうちん] in the video nor in the description of the video. He only wrote that he was challenged to fish a small stream with a lot of trees with a short rig, and thought the it would be the best way to enjoy kebari fishing. However one comment to the video asked if it was Lantern Fishing. No reply thus far. I also believe it is.
The g3kebari blog, aka 釣り好き老人の日々, that is also the name of his YTC. I’m not sure of the correct English translation of the name. Has made at least two recent blog post about Lantern Fishing:
July 20th: ちょうちんテンカラ用毛バリを試作 , Prototype Kebari for Lantern Tenkara
Aug 5th: 時速０．０５キロの釣り, Fishing at 0.05 kph. (~2.73ft./min)
[At first I thought this title was a reference to Eddie Yamakawa’s advice to move no faster than 4inches/sec rule, so the fish won’t notice you. But 0.05 kph is much slower than that. I think the pace is related to carrying a camera in his left hand and a rod in his right hand + the terrain.]
Anyway, the second of those two blog post includes this short 2 minute video, ちょうちん釣り:
(sorry, I don’t know why this video didn’t embed into this post, it would have been cooler)
He writes that he used :
Ayu fishing metal thread No. 0.1 to underwater thread 1.5 m,
tippet attached to a number 0.5 nylon thread and added 4 B’s weights to it,
Do an internet search for アユ釣りの金属糸０．１号 to see examples of metal Ayu line.
Links to his two blog post: