Tenkara on the River Calder UK
Over the last weekend I had an offer to fish the River Calder in Lancashire by a friend who had known about my Tenkara habit.
He told me not to bring the T as the fish in the river would be too powerful for the rod. Anyway the day arrived, along with my 7ft 3 weight and the Tenkara packed we set off to new waters.
The river had ideal runs that screamed Tenkara. Anyway we went through the first run with “Normal river rods” we both had 2 brown trout, Ian then said to try the Tenkara again through the run. Handing the Tenkara to him with 2 heavy GRHE over the next few casts fish appeared from what were before dead runs before taking the offered nymphs.
An impressed Ian! In the next run I hook into a good Brown which had the Tenkara bent in half as it showed off it's aerobatic skills, while impressing Ian again that the rod could cope with a powerful fish.
Over the next few hours we swapped between rods as condition dictated, one very fast run with a slack pool impossible to fish with a normal rod produced another very good brown.
By the end of the day a another converted trout man, Tenkara rod to be ordered this week.
Put a Tenkara rod in the hands of a fisherman in the “right” type of waters and you will convert them.
“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.
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