First trip with Tenkara on The R.Alyn, North Wales
by Ian Robertson
Got my new rod, a 12ft Iwana and had a great day on my first trip. I soon got used to casting but our river is a bit overgrown as it does at the backend. I still fished small Tenkara type spider flies and a caught lot of fish. The presentation is so much better than with a normal fly rod I caught in places that I haven't before? I can't wait to get to the other river I fish which is the R. Calder. It is more upland and rougher. It flows from the Pennines and our beats are near the headwaters. Lots of pocket water where I have some success but expect to improve.
“The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten” – Benjamin Franklin
"Study to be quiet." - Izaak Walton 1653
"Be sure in casting, that your fly fall first into the water, for if the line fall first, it scares or frightens the fish..." Col. Robert Venables 1662
The hooks are sharp.
The coffee's hot.
The fish are slippery when wet.
Beware of the Dogma