Ryan Jordan

Posts Tagged ‘tenkara’

Big River Fly Fishing: Why Tenkara Beats Western Methods

The big brown’s first aerial leap from the depths of the Madison River made me smile. The second one made me laugh. The third one, at the end of a run in strong current, reminded me that using tenkara gear and methods for big trout in big rivers is as applicable as the practice of […]

Kebari (Tenkara) Baetis – A Reverse-Hackle Emerger

Since it’s high baetis season in Southwest Montana right now, I thought I’d share what I’d fish with during a baetis hatch if I could only have one fly: the Kebari (Tenkara) Baetis. The pattern is presented in the order of construction, and as typical of tenkara flies, is tied reverse-style. Hook: standard wire, straight-eye scud […]

Tenkara Fly Fishing and Packrafting on Montana’s West Fork Bitterroot River and Rock Creek

Brian and I have been friends, and fly fishing partners, for a long time. We’ve spent a fair bit of time logging trail miles and floating together, always searching for streams off the beaten path that hold big trout. We like to spend our Spring Breaks in Western Montana. Sure, the beaches are a bit […]


“There’s more to life than fly fishing. In fact, real life offers, and demands, a lot more. And that’s a good thing. Because fly fishing can get really boring. Unless, well, you’re actually fly fishing.” – An anonymous truth ~ I love to fly fish. The satisfaction I get out of casting a rod, or […]

Jorden Lake: A Different Kind of Special

Jorden Lake is perched near the western terminus of the Beartooth High Lakes Trail, which you’d infer to be popular simply because the trail is named on the old USGS maps. In July, I walked the High Lakes Trail west from Island Lake and saw only 9 people, 6 of which were day hikers near […]