In Brent's Words
"I can't claim being the creator of the Royal Wolf Kebari as I have seen it tied once or twice in social media posts in the past but there is nothing I can find referenced online. The back body is based off a traditional Royal Wolf fly but the rest of the fly is just a sakasa kebari. I have seen some flies out of Japan that have this similar segmentation with peacock in the body as well so the idea is not new to tenkara but maybe to American tenkara anglers.
It has become go to fly for me about 4 years ago for the fall season in small creeks, especially for brook trout. I was striking out big time with my regular go to kebari and I switched to this red kebari and the day totally changed. There seems to be something magical about a red body with the incorporation of peacock at the thorax and tail end of the body, it always works for me in the fall especially since that day. It works times of the year as well. It is a fun simple tie and the added peacock gives you a slightly different profile to present to fish when the traditional simple sakasa is not triggering the fish. "
How to Fish This Fly
This is a simple effective soft hackle tenkara fly that should work good especially for trout in mountain creeks & streams. This fly is meant to be fished as a wet fly (sub-surface)
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The fly is a great impressionistic pattern that can represent a variety of aquatic life at various stages of the life cycle. Because this pattern is generic I feel its fits very well into the tenkara realm as it can be fished nearly anywhere in the water column and is effective using a cross section of techniques such as dead drift, pause and retrieve, tapping, lift and drop, down across swing, and by simply changing rod position you can move the fly into various levels within the water column.
This variation is my attempt to add in a bit of flash and light to the traditional pattern to increase attraction and feeding response.
Lets "TIE THIS!"
1. Place hook in the vise and lay in the thread foundation base finishing at the bend
2. Starting at the bend tie in the single strand of flashabou returning the thread to the bend
3. Wax the thread and dub in Hares ear body material. You can use a simple touch/twist dubbing method or use a dubbing loop (tyers preference)
4. Wrap the dubbing forward building a tapered body. Ensure to leave enough space between the body and hook eye to tie in the hackle, herl head and allow room to whip finish.
5. Wrap the flashabou forward in 3-4 spiral wraps tying if off just in front of the body.
6. Prepare the hackle for a tip tie in
7. Tie in the hackle and wrap forward with 2-3 turns and tie off.
8. Tie in the peacock herl.
9. Spin-Twist the peacock herl and thread together for durability.
10. Wrap forward to build the head - it typically takes 4-5 wraps.
11. Tie off the herl and whip finish the head.