Tenkara Fly Fishing

Tenkara Fly Fishing for Southern Appalachian Brook Trout

Learn Tenkara, a traditional type of fly fishing practiced in Japan for hundreds of years. No reel is used with Tenkara fly fishing It is primarily used for mountain stream trout fishing.  It requires only a rod, which is long and flexible with a cork handle; line, which is a tapered furled line or braided line the same length or longer than the rod; tippet, similar to western style fly fishing, and a fly. Tenkara is a great introduction to fly fishing.  It is ideal for the inexperienced angler who feels intimidated by western fly fishing complexity or the experienced angler who wants to replace all the gadgets and gizmos with simplicity.

Blue Ridge Discovery Center will provide all the rods, flies, and instruction for the fly fishing. Participants must be at least 10 years of age and must have shoes to wade in the creek, but also be able to climb around the rocks to get to the fishing holes. Group size is limited to 10 participants. 

Meet at the Grayson Highlands Country Store to walk down the Wilson Creek Trail. Freshwater fishing license required for Virginia residents 16 and over, or non-residents 12 and over. A fishing license can be obtained from the Grayson Highlands State Park Office. Please sign up at the park office in person or by phone at 276-579-7092.