Tenkara grayling in the UK
by Dave Southall
(Driffield, East Yorkshire, UK)
I bought my first Tenkara rod, a 12' Iwana in late November 2010, just as we started with the worst winter in over 30 years. My first 2 sessions were on a small stream in north east Yorkshire. The temperature was 10 degrees F, but no bother since there were no rod rings to freeze up & I could wear gloves since I had no line to manage. A size 14 scud tied with UV shrimp pink ice dub accounted for 8 grayling to 11" and a couple of out of season brown trout to 18". I was sold on the technique.
“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