The Ju and the Go

The Go (left) and Ju (right)

The Go (left) and Ju (right)

A few weeks ago I read a blog post on Discover Tenkara which had a video of Dr. Ishigaki showing entitled “Soft Ju and hard Go for tenkara“.   I found this technique interesting, switching the grip between a standard forefinger on top, the hard gō, and a light thumb and last two finger grip for the soft jū.   Before reading this I always kept the forefinger gō grip when casting and when drifting or adding action to the kebari.   Switching to the softer jū grip after the cast is simple and does indeed give a softer feel to the lifts and drops of the rod when actively working the kebari in the current.

A few days ago I was on the river and there were some sporadic October Caddis coming off the water.   I had on a fairly large GRHE Sakasa Kebari in #12 and used the jū grip while activating the kebari as it swung across the current.   Big trout (well, big for this river) couldn’t resist.  I had several fish hit the kebari 3-4x before finally hooking up, they were just drawn to the fly and the way it was behaving just like the emerging caddis.   This is definitely a technique I will start next season with.