July 29, 2012

Nothing of any size -- Video

The day before the Tenkara Summit 2012 I fished a local stream for a few hours in the late afternoon and evening. The air temp was near 90 and I suspect that the water temperature was also elevated, although I did not measure it.  As I have mentioned before, the water is low and clear for this time of year. Still, it was nice to get out and toss the fly.

Yellowstone Cutthroat

I didn't catch anything over 10 inches. Most of the natives were 6-8 inches and a few rainbows were 10 inches.  For the fly I went with a #10 Soft Hackle Grey kebari as I have done mostly on this stream this year. Once again it seemed to be the ticket for these fish.

 Soft Hackle Grey Kebari -- its been a real producer for me this year
A small Brown
One thing that I am noticing more and more is that these fish tend to take the fly with in seconds of it hitting the water. Sure, I few take it during a drift, but the majority of the fish I took the other evening took it quickly. This means I have to be right on task with every cast! This is terrestrial season so maybe  the fish are more ready to hit anything that splashes down into the water.

Teeny cutthroat guy

I used the Daiwa Sagiri 39MC with a 9.5 foort #3.5 Tenkara USA HiVis line. The line had a 2 foot 10lb red Amnesia sighter just before the tippet. This has become my usual line, although I do vary the length, and weight depending on the rod and stream characteristics.  The Daiwa is perfect for this water; also good would be a 11ft Tenkara USA Iwana. I recently expressed my thoughts on both of these rods.

The Sagiri 39MC (extended to 13 feet) with an 8 incher on
You can see how visible the red Amnesia sighter is

I'll post my impressions of the Tenkara Summit 2012 in a few days -- after I get my camera back.  I left it in Salt Lake City -- what a dough-head!!

Here is a video of two sections of the stream where I caught fish. They are essentially unedited so you can see the cast-to-cast action.


  1. I just got my first tenkara rod recently, and spent the last week up at the family cabin fishing for bass and sunfish. I also noticed that at certain times, if they didn't hit within the first two seconds after hitting the water, I wouldn't get any other takes. I switched to "slapping" the water with the fly (like a hard tuck cast where you try to dive your nymph down deep fast), which helped to induce more takes. It was a lot of fun.

  2. I've been pondering adding another rod to my collection and this one seems to be the ticket. Many of the streams I fish in NM have a tree canopy with some open areas. I tend to gravitate towards the longer rods (390 cm plus) but they are limiting on the small streams. I found this out while I was in Missouri fishing for McCloud rainbows over the weekend. I had three rods that I took along with me; Suntech Kurenai HM33R, Nissin Air Stage Fujiryu 410 6:4 and a Nissin Air Stage Honryu 390 cm. The Suntech was perfect for the somewhat smaller fish, <8" but larger ones, I felt, I lost some control especially in snag filled parts of the creek. All were effective but the limiting factor for the longer rods was on parts of the creek which had quite a bit of tree cover. I had to resort to frequent bow and arrow casts. I really liked the NASF despite the relatively high rating of 26 pennies but I had to pay attention to the tree cover due to the rod's length. I think the Sagiri 39MC is going to be a great addition and it's ability to zoom will make it very effective on the type of creeks I find myself on. I was able to locate on on the Tenkara-ya website.