The Sakasa Kebari Black Devil
A Beginner’s Guide: How to tie the Sakasa Kebari Black Devil Tenkara Fly Pattern
One of my favorite parts of fly fishing & fly tying is the constant back-and-forth between ‘the old-ways’ and ‘new-hotness’. Rod technology changes every year, new fly materials come out each season, waders get a little more wader-y…and if history is a testament to performance, the Sakasa Kebari has definitely withstood the test of time.
I kept experimentation with this pattern to a minimum, and only made two minor tweaks. The body is made with EZ Magic Dub. I love this corded body material because it is very easy to get a slim tapered-body, and it has a bit more scruff to it than thread, but not as much as dubbing or yarn.
The red hot-head is resin covered Glo-brite floss. I like doing quasi-beadheads on Tenkara patterns with resin instead of a bead because I can control the distance between the head and hook eye. It also looks a bit different than a bead, the weight and performance seems to be similar. Note, this fly is tied from the hook-eye → down to the butt section, with the whip finish being on the butt section, not at the hook-eye.
Tip — If you are just getting into fly tying, you may want to consider starting with Tenkara flies. The initial investment in materials and tools is substantially lower in cost; with the added benefit that anything you buy for tying Tenkara flies will also be used for tying standard flies.
- Family — General Attractor
- Category — Tenkara Fly
- Lifecycle Stage — Emerger
- Style — Sakasa Kebari
- Best for Seasons — All Year
- Best Time of Day — All Day
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- Hook: Firehole Sticks 316, size 12
- Thread: Semperfli Waxed Thread Black 12/0
- Hot-Head: Glo-brite №3 Crimson floss, covered in UV Resin
- Body: Hareline EZ Magic Dub, Black
- Hackle: Nature’s Spirit Hen Cape, Black
- Mount hook in vise, turn upside down for the hot-head
- With the Glo-brite floss in your bobbin, wrap a small bead-shaped head behind the eye. Whip finish and snip.
- Cover the floss with a thin coat of UV cure resin, cure with UV light
- Attach thread behind hot-head, tie in hackle feather
- Tie in EZ Magic dub behind hackle feather, wrap down hook to secure EZ Magic dub to mid-point on barb, return thread to hackle
- Wrap hackle and tie down
- Wrap EZ Magic dub down hook towards butt, tie off at mid-point on barb, snip excess dub
- Whip finish and cement at butt-end.
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