June 24, 2017

Tenkara, June 23, 2017

I fished a small mountain stream yesterday and videoed the outing. I used my 3rd person view set up to video. I like the results of using this set up, but it's a pain to fish with.

I used the Nissin Zerosum 360 7:3, a 9' #3 line, 2.5 feet of 5.5X tippet and two flies. The flies were a #10 redhead Oxford wool sakasa kebari and a #10 UKB. I changed to the UKB when the Oxford kebari broke off.

Here's the video. I hope you like it.

June 19, 2017

Tenkara, June 19, 2017 -- one hour, many fish

I went out this morning and fished for one hour. I wanted to see how many trout I could hook in that amount of time from a stretch of creek that I had not previously ever fished. Because I had never fished that section, I didn't where the fish were.

This morning was bright blue sky and 73°F. There was no appreciable breeze. It was just plain lovely.

I drove to my previously chosen spot, parked the car and grabbed my rod. I wet waded, and had already had my stuff on, so I walked to the edge of the creek, extended the rod and made my first cast. Within two casts I was into my first trout -- a nice wild brown.

I worked my way upstream and at the end of one hour had taken over 12 trout. Most were browns, but one was a very nice cutthroat. I'm not sure how far I fished, but I think it was about 100 yards.

At the end of one hour I got out of the stream, walked back to my car, and drove home. It was a very successful outing!

June 10, 2017

Fishing With My Son - June 9, 2017

I'm not a guide, but I do on occasion have the opportunity to fish with another person who has need of some coaching and guidance. One of those opportunities came up yesterday when I went with my son fishing. I'm certainly not an expert tenkara angler, but I've been practicing tenkara (let alone fly fishing) for quite a while that I've learned a thing or two. My son is heading off to law school, and yesterday's trip will likely be the last time we fish together for awhile. It's hard to believe he's all grown up -- where did the time go?

For this trip I took him to a couple of headwater streams that I had been fishing lately. I knew where the trout were, and I knew what they would take. I helped him with his gear and got him into casting position. He has caught trout via tenkara in the past, but this trip was special. The trout were very cooperative and everything worked out as planned.

I took video of the trip. It's mostly of him, as he caught most of the fish. I only made a few casts and caught one fish. That was good enough for me. I delighted more in watching him use his skills so effectively and catching trout after trout.

Here's the video:

June 2, 2017

Tenkara -- June 1, 2017

The rivers are still very high in my area. So high that flooding is occurring in numerous locations. There have been some drownings on the larger rivers, and entering any moving water right now is taking your life into your own hands. Still, I wanted to go fishing, so I headed high into the headwater regions of one of my local streams to see if the water was a little less aggressive and more fishable.

I had never fished this particular reach of the stream. I'm not sure why -- I guess I never got around to it.  It's a side branch of the main stream and gets pretty low in late summer. But right now it looks really good.  It's a great little stream!

I stayed out of the water and fought my way through the profuse red-twig dogwoods that lined the stream. I fished anywhere there was a decent opening. Boy, was I surprised! I hooked some really nice fish. I didn't bring a net with me and I lost the largest trout right as I was getting them to hand.

I took a few pictures of a few of the fish. I fished from 5 PM to 6:15 PM. I caught 15 trout -- all except two were browns. I had my Zerosum 360 7:3 with me and I matched it to a 8.5' level line. It was a great little exploratory outing!