TenkaraBum No Vise Challenge - Old Hand
by Matt Shipp
(River Falls, WI, USA)
Hook: Owner Size 8 Eyeless Keiryu Hook
Thread: Gutermann Silk Thread or Pearsall's Primrose Yellow
Hackle: Ginger Rooster Hackle
Dubbing: Zenmai (aka some fuzz I picked off a fern)
Eye: Red Griffin silk bead cord #2
Finished with a couple of half hitches and a drop of crazy glue.
This fly caught three brook trout and a brown all of which were in the 8-10" range. Sadly, I lost my fly box this season at some point with this fly in it. I've been tying and fishing this pattern in a variety of sizes and colors almost exclusively this year and it has been a lot of fun. I suppose someone will find my box, open it up and think...what are those crazy looking things?
Walk softly and carry a long stick. - Teddy Roosevelt (almost)
Tenkara has no strict rules. Enjoy tenkara in your own way.
- Eiji Yamakawa
“The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten” – Benjamin Franklin
The hooks are sharp.
The coffee's hot.
The fish are slippery when wet.