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Discover Tenkara Nymphing Course Downloads
Badger Tenkara friends Paul Gaskell and John Pearson of Discover Tenkara have developed some of the best Tenkara training material available. Along with their in-depth exploration of Traditional Tenkara (see our "Traditional" tab) they have compiled an extensive collection of nymphing material that has helped us take our fishing to the next level. These are some of the most practical and information packed fishing "books" we've ever seen, written by subject matter experts with the training and experience to make it the "real deal". Even though it discusses some "western" techniques, you'll find it easy to apply the knowledge to your Tenkara fishing. The fact is - the information in these Discover Tenkara courses have made us better anglers and helped us to catch more fish!
John’s lifelong obsession with fishing has shaped much of his life from studying for a bachelor’s degree in Field Biology as a teenager through to becoming a fishing writer, photographer, filmmaker and instructor later in life. John was a regular feature writer for Total Flyfisher Magazine for three years and has articles and photographs published in the fishing press on three continents. John also currently has 11 fly fishing DVD releases to his name.
An angler from age-six and an incurable pond-dipper (slash professional biologist) pretty much from birth, Paul has worked his way through most styles of bait and fly angling - always enjoying the art and the science of understanding fish behaviour. As well as writing for print magazines including Trout & Salmon and Total Fly Fisher in the UK, Paul has also contributed multiple articles to online publications such as Eat, Sleep Fish - with his articles taking in a very wide range of fly fishing themes.
*Marksman accuracy for placing your nymphs in the hotspots preferred by the biggest fish (without getting snagged and wasting time breaking off and re-tying flies)
*3 magic trick methods that let you sink your fly deep on demand (without changing your fly)
*How to make your nymphs instantly “come alive” to wake up reluctant fish
*The overlooked, “oddball” method for efficiently covering featureless runs using nymphs AND streamers on a French leader rig
*Step by step breakdowns of: Czech short-line tactics (with special “induced take upgrades” that extend the basics given in our free email lessons)
*Tweaked rigs and specialised flies developed for extra-powerful rivers (with specific, separate, rigs developed to let you master big Scottish and Slovenian rivers)
*How to fine tune your dropper spacing and length for “hair-trigger” sensitivity bite detection
*When (and Why) to use the heaviest fly on the point or on the dropper position (this one tip transforms your success when you know how to use the direction of the flow to choose your rig)
*A Quirky “old-school” dropper fly choice used on a tweaked “trio” rig that emerger- feeding fish can’t seem to resist (and which works wonders on drowned-spinner-feeding fish too)
*How and Why to master old-fashioned upstream nymphing so that you can multiply your success when using French nymphing tactics (and so you can easily and effectively cover a nymphing run by making just one simple fly change if you are having a mostly “dry-fly day”)
*Specialised French-leader rigs that use dropper-spacing to change the “angle of attack” of your flies Rigging methods for “duo” and “trio” tactics (and the kiss of death error that instantly destroys the most effective part of those methods)
*10 rock-solid, proven fly patterns that cover a vast range of fishing scenarios (photographed in fine detail and supplied with all dressing details so you can’t go wrong)
*Clear, easy-to-follow diagrams that give you the methods and rigs used by the most successful and confident nymph anglers in the world
Badger Tenkara highly recommends these courses for anyone who is serious about mastering the art of Nymphing on a Tenkara rod.
A specially-compiled collector's edition of the first half of Discover Tenkara's online tutorial series explaining the tactics used by elite European fly anglers. It also features a special bonus lesson that does not appear in the tutorial series. This 74-page A4 pdf covers Catch and Release techniques, Czech nymphing, Improving Your Speed and Capacity for Learning, Duo/Dropper-Dry tactics and the Bonus Lesson on Designing Specific Functional Properties into your Flies for Competition Nymphing Techniques.
A specially-compiled collector's edition of the second half of Paul's online tutorial series that explains the tactics used by elite European fly anglers. It also features a special bonus lesson that does not appear in the tutorial series. This 76-page A4 pdf covers French Leader Tactics, Special Dry Fly Approaches, Upstream Wet Fly Fishing, Pesca alla Valsesiana, The Building Blocks of Tenkara Found in Western Fly Fishing and a Special Bonus Lesson: Killer Dodges for Presenting Bead Head Flies.
How the secrets of the world's most successful nymph anglers can turn you into a far more effective and confident nymphing guru than you ever thought possible. This 106-page E-book is packed with special "upgrade" methods that add right on to the fundamentals covered in Paul's email tutorials (and Western Course Parts I and II pdf ebooks). Unique chapter of "ninja tricks" for accurate nymph-delivery to fish hot-zones, suddenly sinking your fly deep at will (WITHOUT changing your fly) and using overlooked French Leader approaches with nymphs and streamers to turn daunting, featureless runs into some of your best fish captures. Specialized nymph-weighting strategies that will take your nymph fishing to the next level by giving you control of the tantalizing & effective "sink-profiles" of your flies. Because it is easy to digest and full of simple diagrams - as well as full of photographic illustrations - you can't help picking up tricks and skills that give you unfair advantages on stream (it doesn't take many of these to more than double your success).
These videos (supplied as 5 individual chapters) offer a complete walk-through of – not only the step-by-step tying of the killer fly patterns themselves - but a full explanation of the “Functional Nymph Design and Fishing System”. A complete demonstration of the “functional fly” concept, an astonishingly effective fly patterns that are easy to match to specific conditions on stream (and how to use them). Paul and John's secret “weighted anchor-hackle nymph” dressing style used in an overlooked and deadly technique smuggled out of Japan and adapted for conditions of strong wind and complex currents which frustrate many good fly anglers. Full dressing demonstrations so that you can include each performance feature into any of your flies whenever you choose (from streamlined/fast-sinking, quick-tie mobility, hot-spots, high contrast, extreme mobility, current-grabbing “anchoring” in weighted and unweighted sunk flies and many insider tips on how to include those functions in your fishing). Unique chance to walk through some of the most important and effective tactics and concepts in the European Nymph Fishing E-book in a live tying demonstration.
Everything found in the courses above, plus - "Magic Bullet Method For Selecting Nymph Fishing Rigs, Nymphs and Locations" This course ruthlessly breaks down an effective method for choosing how and where to fish specific nymph patterns into such a simple to use cheat sheet. Because it relies on the knowledge and skills that you'll automatically absorb from the rest of the Power Bundle, this Magic Bullet method will not be available as a standalone product outside the full bundle. It also contains three bonus fly patterns that let you take advantage of a completely new tactic that is not covered in either the Nymphing Handbook or in the Western Course PDFs (or even in the Black Box video recordings).