TenkaraBum No Vise Challenge - Old Hand
by Jeff D
the ugly fly
Gamakatsu size 4 stinger
chartreuse sparkle fiber
yellow kevlar thread
super cheap yellow hackle
I chose a pretty big hook for two reasons. First, I hand-held it while tying instead of using hemostats. Second, I wanted it to look like the big yellow mayflies we get here and I expected larger fish to be interested.
As it turns out, I only caught a few bluegill with it. I used it with my Nissin Pro Square 360 6:4 and a #3 line, 6x tippet. Unfortunately, shortly after I caught the fish pictured I managed to catch one of those horrible tangles of fishing line you often find in heavily fished areas and lost the fly.
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