TenkaraBum No Vise Challenge - Old Hand

by Martin Powney
(Vienna, W.V.)

BKB and after repair. BG10

BKB and after repair. BG10

Tied a black killer bugger with #14 Orvis 122J, beadhead hook, 6/0 black thread to cover shank, Loctite brush-on to make sure materials do not twist. Marabou and the yarn, held on with copper ultra wire sm.
I should mention that I don't whip finish the wire, just lazy I guess, I wrap 6 times and break off.

Fished with my Suntech Field Master 39 for 3 hours in the afternoon on 3 small ponds in WV.
Caught 25 bluegills / red-ear sunfish 5-10" plus two LM Bass, biggest being 14".

At around fish number 18, the fly started to come apart. So I did some bank-side repairs, unwinding the wire, re-wrapping the yarn, re-winding the wire and trimming the end of the yarn. The repaired but slimmer fly caught another half dozen BGs and the smaller bass.

I used a ketchum release disgorger to remove the hook, which was just inside the month everytime. The clamps tend to damage the fly more I think but, they do make a useful vise!

I still have the fly, hoping to add to the score on trout in the mountains next week.

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Jun 28, 2015
Rules change - no repairs
by: Chris Stewart

Because the portion of the challenge dealing with the number of fish caught on a single fly is to see how durable No Vise flies are, I have decided that repairing a fly is not allowed. Consider this: If you tied an Ishigaki and the body started to fray, so you repaired the body, and then the hackle came off so you replaced the hackle, and then the body frayed again so you repaired the body, and then the hackle... It's not the same fly anymore. No repairs. Fish it till there's nothing left if you want, but repairing a fly starts the count over again.

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