October 11, 2010

One Year Anniversary Tenkara Outing

You might have noticed that I've started fiddling with pages (or tabs) at the top of my blog.  Not exactly sure what compelled me to do so, but if there's a toy in the toy box, figured I might as well play with it.

In doing such, I wanted to create a page about tenkara fishing.  I've really become engaged with it and just wanted to put some resources down for others who may like to take a similar leap.  While setting up the page, I was re-reading some older posts of mine, and realized the first time I went tenkara fishing was on 10/5/2009.  Appears I've been doing it for a year.  Also figured the best way to celebrate this "anniversary" was to grab my rod and head down to Valley Creek, site of the first outing.

I won't bore you with most of the details.  If you've read one tenkara blog post on Valley Creek from me, you've probably read them all.  On that first day, I caught one tiny trout.  Today I caught 4.  Not a huge haul, but 4 times better, right?

Here are some pics from the outing.

Another beautiful day at Valley Creek
Get in the net!
Largest of the day - 9 or 10 inch wild brownie
It lives here 

Also, going to take a tip from Bill over at the "Fishing Through Life" blog, and show the tools & flies used on today's outing.  (Check out Bill's blog if you have a chance, he's celebrating a milestone of his own - 50 followers - congrats Bill!)

11' Tenkara USA Iwana, Streamside Leaders Furled Line, Plano fly box
Most popular menu item of the day
#16 Copper John


  1. Right On, these are the posts that Im here to read!
    nice job Rage

  2. First off T, congrats on your "re-engagement and happy anniversary.

    I guess it's just me, but I don't get it. I have a hard enough time deciding which rod and reel to use without throwing a whole other style into the mix. That being said, I'm paying attention...teach me.

  3. Wow, a great outing.
    I love the light load to the stream, just what you need.

  4. I just may have to try this long rod thing---I have used a jigging pole 11 ft. for crappie in the spring with tiny jigs---I just may tie on a copper john and see what happens. Thanks for the mention of my blog.

  5. Hey Mike. Looks like as good a way to spend an "anniversary" as any I can think of. Besides, you still haven't beat me into submission yet.


  6. @Big - Thanks man, coming from you that's a major compliment.

    @Cofisher - Tenkara = small stream pursuit to me. If you notice in the pic, stream isn't anymore than 25 or 30 feet wide at largest point. You can do virtually everything you can with a fly rod & reel with tenkara gear at that distance. It compliments my normal outfit, but doesn't replace it. Plus the fact that the rod telescopes down to about 20" while walking through the trees helps.

    @Brk - Couldn't agree with you more.

    @Bill - Give it a shot. A tenkara rod is a little more like a fly rod than a crappie rod in terms of action, but do yourself a favor and pick up a furled line from Streamside leaders, will make casting flies much easier.

    @Shoreman - I'll get there some day. May need to come out to visit you on one of your small creeks first, but one of these days!

  7. I've liked your blog for quite some time for I love to trout fish in what I call my down time. Any changes you have done so far look good and just add more to show.

    Keep up the great job. Come next summer I am going to need somewhere to go when I start fly fishing because I have no idea what I'm going to do.

    Whitetail Woods Blog / Deer Hunting and Blackpowder Shooting at it’s best.

  8. I'm no fly fisherman (yet) so that reel set-up just cast me for a loop...

    Nice pics Mike...looks like a great day (thumbs up)