September 28, 2011

Wednesday Nibbles - The Condensed Edition

We've got company at the house this week.  Not wanting to be a poor host, I'm keeping the Nibbles brief.  Real brief.  Same stupid mix of stuff, you may just need to add water and stir first.

Stupid "fishing" video.  With a name like Farts & Explosions, how do you go wrong?



Want to get away for a weekend?  This looks promising...and has a good name.  Now what are we catchin'?

You know Trout MaGee's blog.  But did you know you can buy his stuff HERE?

Phillies.  101 wins with a chance for one more.  Let's go eat.

Blog Love. Folks seem to be crushin' on Fly Fishilicious.  I am too.  Fishilicious...Troutrageous...we like smushed words here.  Go visit HERE.

You enter the contest yet?  No?  Do it.  HERE.

That is all...and yes, this is a new low.

September 27, 2011

Tenkara Tuesday - Sakasa Kebari Variants

Welcome to Tenkara Tuesday.

For today's installment, I'm honored to present a guest post by Chris "Kiwi" Kuhlow, a tenkara angler that many of you that frequent outdoor blogs may already be familiar with.  Chris ties some of the prettiest tenkara flies you'll ever see and displays them prominently over on his blog, The North River.  He's also quite accomplished, placing 2nd in a national fly tying contest sponsored by the Montana Fly Company & Outdoor Blogger Network.


When I was thinking of which person I'd want to write about tenkara-style flies, Chris immediately came to mind, and I'm thrilled to bring his post to you today.  Please enjoy!


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Sakasa Kebari Variants

When it comes to flies used in fly fishing there are some great patterns that have stood the test of time. If one were to make a list of notable flies they would surely include the Adams dry fly, the Elk Hair Caddis, the Hare’s Ear Nymph, the Royal Wulff, the Partridge & Orange, and the Sakasa Kebari……(insert abrupt screeching noise on a record here).

The sakasa what? If you are already familiar with Tenkara then you know what I’m talking about. But for the newbie the sakasa kebari is a fly that can be and is as simple as Tenkara itself. A sakasa kebari is a fly that consists of little more than a hook, thread body and a forward facing hackle (over the hook eye).


In many respects it is very similar to a soft hackle North Country fly like the Partridge & Orange. Both types of flies were created several hundred years ago in their respective countries and are still used today for good reason…they are very effective at catching fish.

In Japan, these flies are generally tied with hackle from a Japanese hen pheasant. I personally like to tie them with Hungarian partridge or starling feathers but any soft hackle that will move freely in the water will do. The soft hackle is key with a fly like this or a North Country fly.

Royal Sakasa Kebari
(Available at Tenkarabum.com)

The characteristic reverse hackle is a trigger point to trout or any other fish. The currents in a stream will give “life” to the hackle and “life” suggests food. There are several different ways to effectively present this fly. Upon casting, a sakasa kebari will sink several inches below the surface and hang in the water column. They can be fished as a wet fly on the swing, dead-drifted, or by sutebari. The last method translated to English means “throw away fly.” An angler makes several casts to an area near a potential trout’s hiding place and lets the fly just touch the water and immediately picks it up again. This serves to get a trout’s attention then a final cast is made to the expected location of the fish and usually…Wham! However, I find my favorite method to be casting across and just upstream of a likely spot and letting the fly dead drift to just the right spot and then giving a slight twitch. The hackle will open and close and in many instances induce a strike.

Ausable Kebari
(Available at Tenkarabum.com)

The beauty of these flies is that you don’t even have to be a Tenkara angler to use them. Several non-tenkara anglers I know have used them as effectively as any other soft hackle in the fly boxes. In addition, because they are such simple flies to tie they lend themselves to a vast number of variations. Below are a couple of my own variations using the sakasa kebari template.

Green Brassie Sakasa Kebari

I have tied up at least 40-50 different variations using a sakasa kebari “template” in the last two years but I usually find myself only fishing maybe 5-10 of these in the course of several weeks. I have tied so many types because I enjoy experimenting but in reality they are such good flies I only need a few for specific situations. 

Olive Bubble Kebari
(Available at Tenkarabum.com)

For example, the Brassie Sakasa Kebari has a little more weight due to the copper ribbing and can help me to get the fly down into the water a little faster. The Royal Sakasa Kebari I use more as an attractor pattern when I’m looking for small stream brookies. I am not a “match-the-hatch” kind of guy or someone who subscribes to the “one/any-fly” approach but fishing with a few different sakasa kebari ‘s I can cover a wide range of situations (including bluegills and bass in a still water setting) with one small box of these bad boys. 

Sakasa Kebari possess all of the great qualities of a successful fly, simple to tie, made from inexpensive materials, durable, and longevity with a proven track record that dates back several hundred years. Tenkara angler or not, my advice would be to have a few of these in your fly box on your next trip to the stream.

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About the Author:

Chris "Kiwi" Kuhlow grew up fishing in New York’s Hudson Valley and has always had a passion for the outdoors (nature observation, hiking, camping, kayaking).  He currently lives on Long Island New York with his wife and two beautiful little girls.  He became a Tenkara addict in late 2009 and now spends most of his time fishing exclusively in this manner.  Though he prefers chasing small stream brook trout in the hills and mountains of New York , if it can be caught with a Tenkara rod he will try. In addition, much to his wife’s dismay, he has become equally obsessed with fly tying and its history and continues to experiment with sakasa kebari.

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Are you a Western tenkara angler?  Do you have a story, pictures, video, fly recipe, or simply a fishing report from one of your recent tenkara adventures?  If so, Troutrageous! wants to hear from you for a future Tenkara Tuesday post!  Feel free to send an email HERE, or check out this previous post for more information.

September 26, 2011

Giveaway: Free MooseKnuckle Carbon Fiber Lanyard™

Fly Fishing Lanyards...some people love 'em, some people don't see the point.  Until recently, I probably fell into the latter grouping.  I always interpreted them as simply a charm necklace for anglers...and unless you're Mr. T or Flavor Flav, you probably can't pull one off.  That coming from a guy who fishes with a man-purse.
Swap fly box for kitchen clock and you get the point...

That perception changed a bit when I ran into MooseKnuckle Lanyards on the various social networks.  Let's just say this isn't a necklace your kid braids together in summer camp.  Not only do these lanyards have some really sweet technology in the form of a unique adjustment system, but they are built to be bulletproof and come in some nice finishes, like Stainless Steel, Carbon Fiber, and in a limited edition, Fiberglass.
A MooseKnuckle Carbon Fiber Lanyard in all its glory

Here's a short video about the MooseKnuckle Lanyard, especially highlighting the adjustment mechanism.



So what's the advantage of a lanyard?  Well, if you fish light, everything is accessible, right where you need it.  No digging through vest pockets, no lugging around a fishing bag.  Couldn't be more simple, no muss, no fuss.  Maybe not ideal for the guy who brings 12 fly boxes, 70 spools of tippet, and a Subway Five Dollar Foot Long to the stream, but for those of us that also fish tenkara...hello!...the only thing more streamlined is just using your pockets!  Plus if John Dollar likes it, it's good enough for me.

So you want one yet?  Have you been lanyard curious and just shy about making the leap?  Well guess what, Jeremy at MooseKnuckle is offering up a free Carbon Fiber MooseKnuckle Lanyard (valued at $34.95) to one lucky Troutrageous! reader.  So no more excuses!

All I'm asking you to do is one (or all) of the following acts below and comment in the comments section of this post for each one you complete.  The more you do the more entries you get.  Don't worry, I have a feeling if you're reading this, you've probably already done most of the work already.

1. Join Troutrageous! with Google Friend Connect in the upper right of this site 
2. Go to Facebook & "Like" Troutrageous!
3. Go to Twitter & "Follow" Troutrageous!
4. Go to Facebook & "Like" MooseKnuckle Lanyards
5. Go to Twitter & "Follow" MooseKnuckle Lanyards

Note:  When you comment on this post, please write one individual comment for each task completed. If you do them all you will have written 5 separate comments.  Get it?  Those are your multiple entries.  Although not required, including your email address in your comments will ensure I can contact you if you are a winner.

The contest will close at 12:00 AM Eastern Standard Time, Sunday, October 9, 2011 (aka late Saturday night).  The winner will be chosen via RNG and announced on Monday, October 10, 2011.

And while you're clicking all kinds of links and buttons, you may find that MooseKnuckle's website hasn't officially launched yet; so instead feel free to stop by the MooseKnuckle Lanyards blog for even more lanyardy goodness.


September 25, 2011

Pssst...Hey...You...Mr. Bassmaster...

I don't fly fish for bass all that often...okay, I've only done it once....but in my dreams, this Sage Bass II rod is the sh*t I'd be swinging.


So if you get turned on by a nice, tight bass...and got the $500+ to afford this new stick...buy one by clicking through the banner below.


Yeah, I'm not ashamed to say I get paid a kickback from Leland if you do. As Al Davis once said, "Just Monetize, Baby!"  Lilly wants the new Barbie game for Wii.

September 22, 2011

Be The Envy Of All Your Friends

The latest shipment of T! Shirts has arrived. All sizes (Medium thru 2XL) are in stock.

Order them HERE and be cool like this box of misfit flies.


You know you want to.

September 21, 2011

Fun With Typos

Does anybody else find a certain amount of humor in reading the spelling errors of others?

Don't get me wrong, they're not all funny...like when somebody types "hear" instead of "here"...that's just poor grammar...but there are some good ones where I can't help but giggle...especially when it comes to fishing.

Like STEAMER...
Lucky thing I didn't use THIS picture...

Instead of STREAMER...

Or STRIPPER...

Instead of STRIPER...

Or BOOGER...

Instead of BUGGER...

I could go on, but you get the point.

One observes typos such as these frequently, especially if you read as many blogs as I do.  I find them funny, even more so when the author has no idea of the mistake. Like the cat that ate the canary, I can only smile. I'm awful, I know.

In case you didn't notice, I also like excuses to post pictures of scantily-clad women on this blog.  It's nice when two things you enjoy come together so effortlessly.

September 20, 2011

Tenkara Tuesday - American Tenkara Enthusiast

Welcome to Tenkara Tuesday.

For today's installment, it's my pleasure to present a guest post by Adam Trahan. Truthfully, Adam was one of the few I approached to write for this series, as he has gone to great lengths to research and share his findings on the origins and techniques of tenkara. More importantly, he's also one of those guys that doesn't waste words when writing. His words are all chosen to have have a purpose, ultimately to make the reader think...even if it is not always the most popular viewpoint.  The world needs more folks like that. 

Please enjoy!

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Adam Trahan

Troutrageous! (Michael Agneta) asked me to write a little on being an "American Tenkara" enthusiast. I am honored to write for his blog.

As of now, late summer of 2011, I am completing my second full year of practicing tenkara. During that time, I have not used a Western fly rod with a reel. I consider myself an new person to tenkara and at the same time I am very experienced with it considering my angling experience. As a fly fisherman, I am well advanced, tenured in many schools but really just starting to understand what it is to be a fly angler.

Forty years ago, I caught my first Brook Trout on a mountain stream in Utah when I was just ten. I practice fly-fishing in streams, rivers, lake and sea. I also build bamboo fly rods from raw materials and have produced the oldest small stream fly fishing web site found on the Internet.
(Wayback Machine Grab).

As an American angler, I have not forgotten who I am or where I came from.

Tenkara is from Japan.

I practice it in America.

I research the history of tenkara and I understand where it came from and the position it stands at in Japan and in America past and present.

With the assistance of a Japanese fly fisher living in Japan, I have researched and have shared my findings to Americans (and anyone that cared to read) the Japanese books on tenkara that predate the Internet and the business of marketing tenkara to America.

My philosophy is that I consider myself a global citizen and I believe we are all created equal, no matter religion or race, men women and children are all created equal.

As an American, I follow American traditions.

I am considerate and respectful to other forms of angling. I learned to fish with a cane pole as a child and that is the allure of tenkara, the youthful feeling, the return to a more simple time in my fishing.

In my past, I also have used a spinning rod as well. I am far from being a tenkara purist even though I have been fishing the last two years only with tenkara rods.

I consider fly-fishing a more challenging skill and a better choice for an overall fishing experience than tenkara for obvious reasons however I consider tenkara the best choice for mountain stream fishing.

I believe fly fishing skills pertain to tenkara and a tenkara rod can be substituted for a fly rod in order to learn fly-fishing. I believe tenkara is the best way to learn fly fishing but one should not stop with tenkara, it is far too limiting unless you choose to only fish small mountain streams the rest of your life.

Not a bad choice…

I have been making small stream fly fishing specific Internet web sites since 1996. Since that time, I have shown people how rewarding mountain stream fishing is, how easy it can be with a simple method of a small fly box in your pocket, a nipper on a piece of fly line around your neck and a light line fly rod. I’ve shown that using this simple method, other forms of fly fishing can be simplified.

I enjoy the aesthetic of the Japanese and their stylish interpretation of fly fishing their own mountain streams. For as long as the tenkara enthusiast, Yoshikazu Fujioka has made his web site (since 1997), I have admired and complimented his style, sending Internet fly fishers his way. But Mr. Fujioka does not represent all of Japan yet I consider Mr. Fujioka, Japan’s leading fly fisherman from my own American perspective reviewing his presentation of fly fishing the mountain streams in Japan.

In order to learn tenkara, I chose a Japanese tenkara rod, made in Japan by Japanese craftsmen sold by an 110+ year old Japanese rod shop. This Japanese rod company chose me to represent their tenkara products much in the way that Loop Fly Reels did in the 1990's. I have helped and continue to help others purchase tenkara equipment from Japan no matter what company they decide to purchase from because I believe in supporting the companies from the country of origin. They have many years developing tenkara rods and I enjoy equipment that stands the test of time.

Michael, thank you for asking me to submit my thoughts on being an American tenkara angler. I wish you many years of enjoyment and satisfaction in writing your thoughts and reflecting on angling.

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About the Author:

Around 1994, my mother gave me her Macintosh computer. A work friend that understood HTML and also had a Mac taught me how to make web sites. I have been creating online communities since 1994 and started www.smallstreams.com in 1996 and www.tenkara-fisher.com most recently. Since I was a child, I have been pursuing solo sports in the mountains, pioneering snow surfing, all forms of skateboarding, surfing, hang and paragliding. My best work is done alone and under pressure. My career as a cardiovascular technician allows me to be free from marketing and helps me to report independently of advertisement and marketing. I enjoy researching my interests online and have created those online communities to gather together the best people at a particular discipline. www.slalomskateboarder and www.grassart.net are two more examples that have become successful and continue to this day. At 50 years old, Adam Trahan is the father of three boys and the husband of SWMBO.

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September 19, 2011

Jail Break!

Hurricane Irene did a lot of damage a few weeks ago.  High winds, ridiculous amounts of rain, caused well documented catastrophes all over the East Coast.  Even after Irene, remnants from Tropical Storm Lee came through and made what was already wet even wetter, which led to high water all over the place, flooding, and even more damage.  But you all know this already, right?

What is left of a water gauge
Downed trees everywhere
A pair, totally uprooted

Well...what if I told you that it also caused a Pennsylvania trout nursery to overflow, allowing the majority of its late summer fingerlings to escape from their pens and make a run for it in the stream located beside?  An unannounced & unintended late summer stocking thanks to Irene & Lee?...well two of my friends (Spurky and Swattie) gave me the "hint-hint" about this late last week, so this past Saturday I hopped into the car and made the couple hour drive to help play Sheriff...or at least Deputy.  I'm typically not a stocked trout chaser, (you know me and Valley's native browns), but someone had to make sure the ex-prisoners were behaving themselves...

Who needs a gun and handcuffs...don't hate...this isn't a fly fishing only blog...

So yeah, we fished...

Spurky working beneath a bridge
First fish of the day
Swattie brought the fly rod

And fished...

Spurky fishing some newly created cover
Swattie working a run close by

And the closer we got to the top of the hill...the more ridiculous it got.  Bring your spinner through a pool, 7 or 8 fish swarmed to follow.  It was almost like fishing for bluegill or sunfish.  Every cast...slam...another feisty little 6 to 7 inch rainbow or brookie on the hook.  How many did we catch?  A lot.  That's all I'll say, I'm not a "numbers" guy.




There were two memorable fish of the lot that I will specifically mention.  The first was a 12"+ rainbow that surprised me.  After catching all the small guys all day, this one made the loose drag on the spinning reel sing.  Wasn't expecting to find this one.  Must have been a holdover from the Spring stocking.


The second was a small native brown.  It was the only brown I caught all day, plucked from beside some smaller rocks within a swift and narrow current.  It clearly wasn't from the nursery, which was nice.  I just wonder how he and his fellow natives will fare this Fall & Winter with the influx of all of these hungry jailbirds during the brown's prime spawning season?  So back he went, hopefully to get a little bit bigger.




We ended the day with Swattie catching a pretty brookie at the top of the hill.  The bright sun that was hidden most of the morning brought out the distinctive markings on this fish.




September 16, 2011

Down Goes The Dam!

Hey, thought I'd write a blog post today.  Novel idea, right?

I got some photos via email of the dam removal process over at the Stony Creek.  Yeah, I mentioned that the dam was coming out in a previous post, but the real heavy lifting finally got started this past week.

While dam removal is viewed as pretty important, this one is a bit controversial because the dam is kind of the centerpiece for recreational fishing on the Stony Creek.  No dam = two less deep holes (above & below) for the stocked trout.

I mean check out this "before" picture from this year's Stony Creek Anglers Trout Tournament as reference:


And here are some "after-ish" pictures (courtesy Ray Duff):


It's going to take a little while for the Stony Creek to settle down and find its new flow...but it will definitely look very, very different a year from now.

September 13, 2011

Tenkara Tuesday - Two Years of Tenkara Fishing

Welcome to Tenkara Tuesday.

For today's installment, I'm honored to present a guest post by Randy Knapp, a tenkara angler from Virginia.  I had originally made Randy's acquaintance on the Tenkara USA Forum a few years ago and was very impressed not only by his fishing prowess, but in the variety of fish always displayed in the pictures he posted.  See, Randy's not the typical trout fisherman most envision when they think of tenkara - he uses his arsenal of rods to target all species, and isn't afraid to share his opinions!

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Two Years of Tenkara Fishing

After nearly two years of fishing predominately with tenkara rods and similar telescoping rods/poles from 9' to 21' I have come to realize a number of advantages and a few limitations.  I have fished small and large freestone mountain streams and small and large lowland streams, spring creeks, ponds and lakes, saltwater shorelines and saltwater from a boat.  I have used nymphs, dry flies, wet flies and streamers.  I have fished flies from size 20 to 3/0 and weighted rigs up to 1/4oz.  I have fished live bait and artificial baits.  I have fished in all four seasons from calm sunny days to wet windy days with winds in excess of 20mph.

Virginia Tenkara Creek

These reel-less fixed line telescoping rods can be used successfully in a wide range of fishing conditions.  In limited ways they can do almost any kind of fishing.  Making do by trying to adapt these rods to every fishing situation is, however, less than ideal.  Forcing these rods to work in every fishing situation is similar to playing golf with only one club. It can be done, but the simplicity would be quickly offset by the limitations.  A green is best played with a putter and a tee-off with a driver.  Trout fishing on a small relatively open freestome mountain stream is ideal for a tenkara rod, light line, fine tippet, and a fly.  A cold windy winter night of Chesapeake Bay 40lb striper fishing in a fast tide 30' deep with a 12" live eel hooked through the lips with a 6/0 circle hook calls for a different kind of tackle than your typical tenkara rod.  Somewhere in between these situations, a wide variety of tackle choices may be most appropriate.  Since part of the pleasure and simplicity of tenkara fishing is the lightweight compactness of the rods, there are other subjective limitations in their use.

Small Tenkara Brown Trout

A rod weight of under 4oz and a rod length of about 15' or 4.5 meters is about the upper limit for one hand use. A closed length of about 20" or 60cm seems about right for backpacking.  A closed rod of under 4' is best for U.S. domestic airline carryon.  Line type and length as well as weight is very subjective as is line visibility.  I have tried a wide range of available commercial as well as custom lines and feel most fishing situations can be handled best with a highly visible line equal to no more than 1 1/2 times the rod length with about 4' of tippet added.  This means a 12' rod would have about 18' of line with another 4' of tippet for a total length of about 22'.  Combined with the rod length and the fisher's extended arm, this puts most flyfishing situations well within the tenkara fisher's reach.  Fishing in tight quarters may well call for a line-tippet length of much less.  Fishing a large open lake or pond might call for a longer combination.  The lighter the line, the easier it is to fish and manipulate small flies in or on the surface film.  The heavier the line, the easier it will be to cast weighted nymphs and streamers and handle windy conditions.  Furled or hand twisted lines work well in most conditions as do level lines of monofilament or fluorocarbon. The lighter running lines of traditional lighter weight fly lines also work well in most conditions.  At this time, I still don't have a favorite, choosing rather to vary my lines as fishing conditions dictate.  I think buying a line from the company from which one buys their rod is probably as good a starting point as any.  

Tenkara Gear for a Day

I suppose if I were limited to one line for all conditions, I would probably opt for a highly visible level line of fluorcarbon that would test out at 14 to 16lbs and be equal to about rod's length.  To this I would add about 3 to 4' of 4 or 5x tippet.  Most tenkara rod manufacturers recommend tippets of no more than 5x or 5lb test to protect the rod.  Depending on the fisher's experience and conditions at hand, I am convinced that much heavier tippets can be used.  Most rods are not broken playing fish. Surely a fish can break a rod if it is extremely strong or heavy or if the rod is flexed at too great an angle for the weight of the fish being landed.  This is also true of other kinds of fishing rods.  If a heavier tippet is used and one snags a fly and tries to pull it free with the rod, the rod may break or one or more of the rod sections may become jammed together so tightly that they cannot be unstuck without breakage.  This can be prevented if the line can be grabbed by hand and the fly pulled free or the tippet broken.  The main advantage of using heavier tippets is to either land fish more quickly or to turn over larger and/or heavier flies. I do think that fishing a tippet of 4 or 5lb test and a diameter of 4 or 5x is best for most tenkara fishing situations.  If rod sections do become jammed together, having some sort of rubber pad to grip the rod without slipping is essential in the field if simple tapping does not unstick the sections.

Strike indicators for nymphing can be effective and my favorite is a 1/2" thingamabobber.  This is another option that is highly subjective.  Again, I have tried other kinds including yarn, colored putty, foam stick-ons, colored tippets, corkies, big dry flies, etal. Sometimes I don't use any.

Creek Smallmouth Bass

I have found the EZ hook keepers to be the best way to quickly store the line after collapsing the rod to move from one location to another, especially when moving through obstacles with the extended rod which puts it at risk of snagging on streamside tree branches and brush.  I attach one EZ keeper at each end of the base section with a couple of extra o-rings on the rod in between.  I can then hook my fly or flies or tippet end under the extra slideable o-rings.  Wrapping the line and tippet in a figure eight between the keepers helps prevent the line tangling and the line slipping off the keepers.  Leaving my favorite line attached to the lillian and wrapped in this configuration allows me to always have a rod, line, tippet, and fly/flies ready to go.  This easily fits in the rod sock and tube if needed.  Many tenkara fishers lose the rod tip plug which can become loose or misplaced.  All my rod base tip plugs are in a baggy in my fly tying desk at home.  They are unnecessary because my favorite line is always attached to each rod. I have tried winding the line onto my hand, a foam tube, a kite line holder, line spools, etc.  I have found the EZ keepers to be superior to all other methods.  I carry extra lines coiled in an old tippet wallet.  I just write details about the line configuration right on the plastic pocket with a permanent marker.  I can then have extra lines ready for any fishing situation.  One line can do it all, but lines of different length and weight offer needed versatility as stream conditions change.

At the outset of this article I said I have fished telescoping rods from 9' to 21' in a wide variety of conditions.  I now realize that it is too limiting for me to try to do it all with these rods. As long as one recognizes this and is satisfied sometimes catching fewer fish or smaller fish or even no fish at all, then I think one can use telescopic rods with fixed lines and be satisfied.  I am not satisfied unless I can also catch fish in situations not suitable for tenkara style fishing. There are times when I am definately going to catch more and larger fish using another method just as there are times when I will catch more fish with a traditional style tenkara rod, line, tippet and fly. For me the key is to be flexible and use the most suitable equipment for each fishing situation.  This necessitates preplanning and detailed lists of what gear to take as well as having my fishing gear separated into different duffel bags for easy access. There is nothing more frustrating than driving or flying to a particular destination only to find a key fishing necessity was left behind.  I have also too often found myself using a backup rod or parts when the inevitable breakage has occurred.

Tenkara Creek Redeye

I still think tenkara is the best way to fish the small to medium freestone mountain streams for which it was designed.  It is also my favorite way to fish for bluegill and other warmwater pan fish in farm ponds and small lakes.  For other kinds of fishing there are other means that may be more productive though probably not as simple and fun.  Each person owes it to him/herself to determine what is best in a given situation.  However, even after evaluating and determining these various criteria, I would be lying if I didn't say that if at all possible I will always choose one of my tenkara or other telescoping fishing rods, a single line, a spool of tippet, and a box full of flies whenever possible.  It is so simple and enjoyable that it is very difficult to go back to using other kinds of tackle and methods after fishing tenkara for a couple of seasons.  It is very addictive.


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About the Author:

Randy Knapp is a retired Seattle fire fighter who has been an avid fly fisher for over 20 years.  He has enjoyed fishing by other methods from childhood when he caught his first sunfish with a cane pole, bobber, and worm.   He now resides with his wife, Liz, in a log cabin in Warm Springs, VA where he fishes streams, rivers, farm ponds and lakes in the Allegheny mountains.  He ties his own flies, travels often to distant fishing locations,  and is an active participant on blogs and forums, especially those related to tenkara tackle and techniques.

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Are you a Western tenkara angler?  Do you have a story, pictures, video, fly recipe, or simply a fishing report from one of your recent tenkara adventures?  If so, Troutrageous! wants to hear from you for a future Tenkara Tuesday post!  Feel free to send an email HERE, or check out this previous post for more information.