by Jimi Fly
Went to Liberty Park Pond in Sedalia today. A bit windy but I did manage to catch one 18 inch Rainbow on my Iwana rod on the 5th cast. As I was bringing it in my rod tip hit an overhead branch and SNAP, broken rod! This is the third Tenkara rod I have broken in 5 years and all 3 times it was totally my fault. This was the same rod I landed a 5 pounder with last winter. I went home after that and placed an order with Tenbum for a keiryu rod (Fine Mode Kosansui). I'm just glad there is a place where I know I can purchase a great rod for a good price.
As far as fixing my Iwana I think I'm done with cork grip rods anyway plus it gives me an excuse to buy myself a birthday rod so.......happy birthday to me. I did mange to hand line the fish in with the tip section dangling in the air. I love Tenkara!
“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