Winter Tenkara Fishing at Whitewater State Park, SE Minnesota
by Paul Tronnes
(Rochester, MN, USA)
Favorite little pool on the Whitewater River
12/26/15. Between the snow and sleet, I was lucky enough today to try out my new TenkaraBum 36. My destination was Whitewater State Park in SE Minnesota, one of a few places in Minnesota open year round for trout fishing. It's a popular place for fly fishing, and gets a lot of pressure even at this time of the year. I usually manage to catch fish, which I credit to the tenkara rod's suitability for targeting small riffles and runs with pinpoint casts, drag free drifts, and immediate hook sets. Most anglers tend to focus on the longer runs and pools. Of course tenkara works there as well, but I greatly enjoy the ability to target waters maybe overlooked by others. The first fish I caught came out of a swift flowing current of water just 1-2 feet wide along the opposite bank. Casting bead head nymphs with a light line was accurate and effortless. The rod was sensitive enough to detect the slightest of strikes, with enough backbone to lead a 10-12" fish out of a 3-4' deep pool, across the current, and over to the bank where I could land it. Within a week of ordering my rod, I was able to get out and enjoy today's success. Thank you for the outstanding service. I'm new to fly fishing in general, having started on tenkara last fall. The information available on this website has been invaluable.
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