Being a fishing geek, I enjoy pretty much all of what is sent in, however, I think I take the most interest when anglers submit stories about their local waters and native species, be it Gila trout in Arizona, Golden trout in California, Colorado Greenbacks, or more recently Redeye bass in Alabama.
|Warrior Redeye | Photo: Chris Lynch|
Those redeyes are particularly novel because if there was ever such a thing as a warm water fish that lives in "tenkara perfect" surroundings, it might be the various species of redeyes found in Alabama. Chris Lynch wrote the excellent article, "Southern Hospitality," in the Summer issue of Tenkara Angler that has more than piqued my interest in making the trip a few states west and pursuing these fish. If you give it a look, I bet it will give you the itch too.
|Cahaba Redeye | Photo: Chris Lynch|
Plus, one of the species, Micropterus cahabae, happens to call the Cahaba River home... and fishing aside, the spring lily "hatch" on the Cahaba River looks pretty spectacular.
Feeding off this article, I've since purchased the book "Fly Fishing For Redeye Bass" by Matthew R. Lewis off of Amazon as well. While Chris' piece in the magazine serves as an introduction to redeyes, Matt's book is more of a deep dive through all of the details of these fish, including some scientific background, where to find them, and how to catch them on the fly. At about 125 pages, it's an easy and enjoyable page-turner that I'd highly recommend for a nice weekend read. Heck, even if you have no intention of traveling to Alabama... you might learn something new!
Oh, and I'd be lying if I said I didn't go out and buy a few Boogle Bug poppers for just such an occasion...