November 9, 2018

Daiwa Master Tenkara L 3.6 m rods

Daiwa has announced a new tenkara rod to their already impressive line up. It is a "master" rod, being designed and produced specifically for advanced tenkara anglers.

No one has seen the rods yet, as they have not been released to the public, but tenkara researcher extraordinaire, David Walker has found out some information regarding the new rods. Here is what David says:

 "Last time round Daiwa introduced the Expert Tenkara L & Expert Tenkara LT [エキスパート テンカラ L & エキスパート テンカラ LT ] rods.

The Master Tenkara L [ マスター テンカラ L ] rods are now listed on their webpage this time round, with release date of Nov 2018 [2018.11 デビュー]. Two rods, both 3.6m in length. The LL 36 & LT 36.

The rods only have 4 segments. Thus a longer collapsed length of 99.2 cm, about 1m. Weight 78g and 80g.

Pricey rods, both list for 46,000 JPY ~ $408. I did not find them listed yet on any commercial websites. Maybe retailers will list them at lower than Daiwa’s list price.

Developed by Katayama Etsuji-san tester [片山悦二さんテスター ]. Who calls it a “中継テンカラ竿”, Which I am guessing means a mid flex (middle segment) rod. The same 中継 term is used in the description of the Expert L tenkara rods.

Each rod has a different type of tip. First segment. LL 36 (Tubular tip), LT 36 (mega top tip). Which from the description indicates the difference is to enhance the use of light level line or tapered line, and why they should work better."

Here is the full information page from Daiwa. 

I'm looking forward to casting and fishing with this rod. It's expensive, but having fished Daiwa's other tenkara rods, I bet it's worth it!

November 7, 2018

Royal Gorge Anglers Tactical Tenkara Nymphing Line

I recently had a welcome communication from Paul Vertrees of Royal Gorge Anglers regarding a new tactical nymphing line that he has made. I use a couple of Paul's lines when I nymph as it is, but I was excited about the new line. He graciously sent me one to try out.

Here is what Paul says about the line: "When I was designing this line, I took what I knew about archery (arrows), atlatl darts, and spears, and applied it to the span of a nymphing line.  On a greatly reduced scale, it's still tapered weight-forward just like an arrow, atlatl dart, or a spear.  Although it's swinging instead of flying forward, the WF design still lends itself quite well to casting nymph rigs (weighted or unweighted) in one simple, smooth forward-moving arc.  I feel it does this much better than one single, constant diameter length of level line.  Using bi-color segments and adding "Depth Dots" made this line even better, as you now can have consistent depth control and visual connection in all light conditions."

My Tactical Tenkara Nymphing (TTN) line is 12' and matches perfectly with my Daiwa 43MF, my main dynamic nymphing rod. I took the line to the Henry's Fork to fish double tungsten bead head nymph rigs for fall browns and large mountain whitefish. The weather has been cold and there's always a breeze blowing on the Henry's Fork. It's a great testing ground for lines and flies.

The line casts wonderfully. The weight forward design, along with the fluorocarbon line, really flies through the air carrying the heavy nymphs without any hesitancy. The breeze made no difference in casting the line.

The sky was overcast with low light conditions, but the line's three "depth dots" really glowed nicely making it easy to track. Because you can see any one of the depth dots at all times, any hesitation is readily noted and so hook sets can be quick. This is just what is needed for tactical nymphing.

The line is extremely well made and appears to be robust. I'm confident mine will last many seasons.

I think Royal Gorge Anglers and Paul have another winner here. If you are into fixed-line tactical/dynamic nymphing then you should look into getting one of these TTN lines. It may be just the ticket to up your game!

October 25, 2018

Autumn Means Sight Fishing

I went fishing this morning on a small creek that I really enjoy. This time of year the water level is low, but since the creek has a spring origin the water temperatures remain stable throughout the year.

I went to do some sight fishing. The browns that inhabit this creek are plentiful and they love to hold right next to the creek bank, or in front of obstructing rocks. This makes them easy to see and to target for sight fishing. Every trout I caught I first spotted, snuck up on, presented the fly to and then hooked. I could see the white flash as each one opened its mouth to take the fly. It was great fun.

The weather was overcast with no wind. The air was 50° F and there was no one else around. I fished for exactly 30 minutes and caught a baker's dozen.

I rarely ever fish with a dry fly, but the water level that these trout were holding in was mere inches tempting me to do so. However, I love that fishing subsurface fly fishing is so challenging in such thin water. Also, it is very productive and that's why I do it.

I took pictures of about half the fish I caught, to document the outing for my journal. After I fished for 30 minutes I decided to go home. It was all I needed.

October 21, 2018

Autumn Cutthroats (and a few rainbows)

Fishing up in Teton County (Idaho and Wyoming) has been slow, due to the cold water temperatures. But fishing a little further south has been great! I went fishing in southeast Idaho the other day and the cutthroats were cooperative. I only fished for 40 minutes, but I had some lovely hiking in the mountains.

Here is a video of a few of the fish I caught during those 40 minutes:

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