Al Alborn spends his time chasing native Brook Trout in the Backcountry of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. He looks for spots few others frequent. Al specializes in small stream Tenkara (Fixed Line Japanese style) fly-fishing. He will be sharing his experiences, recommendations, and lessons learned fishing Tenkara on small streams. Al will also be demonstrating how to cast a Tenkara rod, land a fish, how to tie Sakasa Kebari (Japanese Reverse Soft Hackle Flies) and strategies for using these flies to catch Trout. Al will also share directions and tips on his three favorite streams, a great place to set up a fishing camp convenient to all three, and share advice for folks who like to wander around the backcountry.
Al is a member of the Rapidan Chapter of Trout Unlimited, a Project Healing Waters Guide and Instructor, the resident fly fishing instructor at the Bull Run Warrior’s Retreat, and a Trout Unlimited Veterans Outreach volunteer. He is also a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America. Check out his blog, http://www.troutbumva.com, and his latest article in the current issue of Fly Fishing the Mid-Atlantic to read about Project Healing Waters 2-Fly and Mossy Creek Invitational tournaments.
In the pre-meeting flying tying demo, John Hadley and Al will demo Tenkara flies like the Sakasa Kebari (in photo). Check out the video by Tenkara to get a sense of how easy the are: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBLqqq8G0jo