Tenkara fishing in Spain
by Jeffry Gottfried
I've been traveling in Spain and doing a little tenkara fishing. It is extremely difficult for a foreigner to get a fishing license and then permission to fish on a particular piece of a stream or river.
I hired Alex Luque, a delightful young man and guide from San Sebastián, Basque Country, to get my licence and permission to fish on the Bidasoa River. Alex fished a western fly rod and I fished my Ito Tenkara USA rod. After hours of fishing promising looking waters with a Kebari, I switched to a bushy, size 12 caddis pattern that I skittered all over the river, as only a tenkara angler can, inspiring numerous surface attacks by native brown trout (trucha comun). Needless to say, Alex was very impressed! It was a great day!
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"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.
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The fish are slippery when wet.
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