Trip Reports

I should have posted trip reports all along. These will not be nearly as formal as the rod reviews or the discussions on flies, but will be quick and dirty reports of what I tried - what worked and what didn't.

After just the second report, it has become obvious that this page will be much too long if all reports are published here. I will leave the original one here for now and just post links to more recent trip reports.

October 2, 2016 - Plan B

September 25, 2016 - Fly Manipulation

September 17, 2016 - The Limits of Zero Fishing

September 10, 2016 - Egg and Flour Paste Bait / Zero Fishing

August 14, 2016 - A Tale of Two Fish and a Warning

July 24. 2016 - Ultralight Worm Fishing

July 3, 2016 - White Killer Bugger for Micros

June 25, 2016 - Minimal Dace on the Farmington

June 18-19, 2016 - Return to PA Private Club

May 29, 2016 - Simplifying Flies III - Minimal Dace Prototypes

May 21,22-2016 - Tenkara for Stripers

April 29-30, 2016 - PA Private Club

April 1, 2016 - NY Opening Day

March 18, 2016 - Overhand Worm 7, Overhand Egg 0

February 28, 2016 - The Downside of Fishing in Parks

December 12, 2015 - Heavy Clear Tippet as Tenkara Line.

November 7, 2015 - Second trip with TenkaraBum 36

October 25, 2015 - Many, many in Mass.

October 17, 2015 - Fishing the Overhand Worm

Micro Fishing Gear, Don't Leave Home Without It II - October 11, 2015

Micro Fishing Gear, Don't Leave Home Without It - October 4, 2015

September 26, 2015 - Simplifying Flies II

September 6, 2015 - Simplifying Flies

August 23, 2015 - Keiryu on the Farmington

August 9, 2015

June 28, 2015

June 21, 2015

Oni School 2015

January 4, 2015

December 27, 2014

December 26, 2014

December 21, 2014

December 14, 2014

November 30, 2014

November 16, 2014

October 31, 2014

October 26, 2014

October 17, 2014 "Go Long"

September 28, 2014

Keiryu Trip September 26, 2014

Keiryu Trip September 19, 2014

September 1, 2014 - Let Them Eat Steak

August 1, 2014

July 25, 2014

July 20, 2014

July 13, 2014

July 6, 2014

June 29, 2014 - An Introduction to Micro Fishing

June 29, 2014 - TenkaraBum Video

June 22, 2014

May 10, 2014

April 27, 2014

April 5-6, 2014

March 20, 2014

March 8, 2014

February 23, 2014

December 28, 2013

December 24, 2013

December 1, 2013

November 17, 2013

November 3, 2013

October 27, 2013 Trip Report

October 20, 2013 Trip Report

October 6, 2013 Trip Report

September 21, 2013 Trip Report

September 15, 2013 Trip Report

September 8, 2013 Trip Report

September 1, 2013 Trip Report

August 25, 2013 Trip Report

August 17, 2013 Trip Report

August 11, 2013 Trip Report

July 21, 2013 Trip Report 

July 14, 2013 Trip Report 

July 7, 2013 Trip Report 

June 23, 2013 Trip Report 

June 16, 2013 Trip Report 

May 5, 2013 Trip Report

April 28, 2013 Trip Report

April 21, 2013 Trip Report

April 14, 2013 Trip Report

April 7, 2013 Trip Report

March 2, 2013 Trip Report

January 13, 2013 Trip Report

January 6, 2013 Trip Report

December 25, 2012 Trip Report

December 23, 2012 Trip Report

December 9, 2012 Trip Report

December 1, 2012 Trip Report

November 25, 2012

Went to one of the few streams that is still open and relatively easy to get to via public transportation. The weather was in the low 40s with a breeze. When it gets much colder than that I stay home and tie flies.

As usual, I had a number of rods I wanted to fish with. I always have some rod/line combinations I want to test, and often have new rods I am trying to decide whether to carry on (I don't remember the last time I went fishing with only one rod and wasn't evaluating something.)

I ended up catching three fish, had three long distance releases and missed one "bump" that was clearly a fish rather than a rock. All the fish were caught with a Killer Bug variation tied with a yarn I now call Tupps yarn rather than my usual Sand (for Killer Bugs) or Oyster (for Utah Killer Bugs). The bug was tied on a size 12 Daiichi 1560 nymph hook, with small red Ultra-wire for an underbody (also used to tie off the yarn). The Tupps yarn produces a bug that is much pinker than either the Sand or the Oyster (and would make a nice Tupps Indispensable).

The first fish was caught on a Nissin 450 ZX 2-way rod that can be fished at a length of either 13'6" or 14'9", with a size 4 Hi-Vis fluorocarbon line. The rod is not available on the site now, but it might be in the future because I really like the rod. At the shorter length the bend characteristics are almost identical to a better known rod of that length that is often used for larger fish, but the Nissin also zooms to a longer length, which the other doesn't.

A little while later I got a pleasant surprise. By far, most of the fish in the stream are stocked, and the state stocks both browns and rainbows. There is some natural reproduction of browns, though, and any brown trout that is less that 9" is streambred. I caught the following fish and then had an LDR of what could have been his twin (probably was, come to think of it). This fish was caught with the Shimano Kozuka 30NT, which it turns out is a nice rod for nymphing, being just a bit stiffer than most tenkara rods. The line was the heavy Hand Tied Bi-Visible line.

The last fish of the day was the best fish, not only was it the largest it also went airborne several times during the fight. (Plus, it came from a lie that almost always yields a fish, so it was almost like reconnecting with an old friend - though I doubt it felt quite the same way about it). It came on a rod I borrowed from Tom Davis at The rod is a Daiwa SEKKEI 36M, which is also a great nymphing rod and has the added benefit of zooming, so it can be fished at a length of 3.2 meters (10'6") or 3.6 meters (11'10"). It's just enough stiffer than the Shimano that it might be a special purpose nymphing rod rather than a more all around rod. Nice rod, though, and it does have the advantage of zooming. Thanks Tom! Now I have to decide whether to carry them.

After releasing the fish I saw a couple fishermen just above me who were working their way downstream, so they had only very recently fished the water I would have gone to next. Plus I was getting stiff and cold and if I left right then I'd have time for a hot cup of coffee at the little diner next to the train station before the next train came. I decided to call it a day. Not a bad day for late November in these parts.

The Shimano rod is available on the site. The other rods can be ordered.

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