TenkaraBum No Vise Challenge - Old Hand
by Sean Rooney
(Marquette, Upper Peninsula of Michigan)
TenkaraBum™ No Vise Mini Kit
Daiichi 1150 #12
UNI-Thread 6/0 Black
India Hen Back Feather
I was trying out my new Suntech Keiryu Sawanobori 63 and there was a major hatch on the lake. After catching about a dozen big bluegills on a popper I switched to my No Vise Kebari made from the Mini Kit that Chris sent me.
Since they were hitting surface bugs I put on about 12 feet of #3 level line and 3 feet of 5x tippet and used a dapping technique, bouncing the fly on the water and then holding it at the surface. Sometimes Tenkara can be dapping! I got some explosive hits from the small fish and the tiniest trout like sips from the big bluegills. About a quarter of them sucked the fly all the way inside.
I then switched over to letting the fly sink a bit and pulsing it and got about half as many hits, all from the smallest fish in the school.
So far I've caught 8 fish on this fly. I didn't photograph all of them. They ranged in size from 3 to 8 inches, all bluegills of varying colors.
My next no vise fly is going to be a big dry fly, maybe using foam...
Walk softly and carry a long stick. - Teddy Roosevelt (almost)
“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.