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Thoughts on Tying Kebari  
I've been refining my kebari tying techniques lately. I'm probably overthinking these simple flies, but these observations might help someone out. …

Central Oregon Thanksgiving 
I just got back from a post-Thanksgiving fishing trip with my brother David. The bulk of our time was spent on the Crooked River: a great stream for anglers …

My First Experience Making and Using Horsehair Line 
My First Experience Making and Using Horsehair Line Recently I ordered a couple of horsehair line kits from Chris Stewart at TenkaraBum, figuring I’d …

Another Great day 
Hello good folks, We've had a very late winter here in New Mexico. It's just starting to freeze overnight around the state. I took advantage of this …

Beaverhead 
The Upper Beaverhead River is where I caught my first fish on a fly; about a year and a half ago. Since then, I've wanted to float that section again. …

The Chub and I  
This was inspired by Chris’s excellent blog, “Fallfish!” One of the best features of Tenkarabum is the appreciation of all the fascinating fish species. …

Big Brookie on
Air Stage 290 硬中硬
 
My son and I went on our first father-son camping trip last weekend, up to Smokemont in GSMNP. Fall colors were awesome, temps were PERFECT, it was a …

A New Stream 
I feel that I've been neglecting my tenkara rods a bit as of late. I recently finished a build on my first Western-style rod, a beautiful little 4wt, and …

Fixed line white bass 
A little after work fun with the white bass at the local Ohio river dam. The bass were hitting top water in a fast current. I used a Suntech fieldmaster …

Big Fish VA - Daiwa Kiyose 43M 
Have been fishing and catching trout in the 10 to 15in and was itching to catch bigger fish to see what the rod could handle and make one last trip before …

Trip Report: Sand Creek, Co. 
If you’re a fan of small streams with big fish and also hiking, I highly recommend the tenkara friendly Sand creek on the western slopes of the Sangre …

Chasing cutthroats in the Valle Vidal  
Finally was able to go to this area of New Mexico and fish for Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout in this high elevation meadow. I focused my efforts on Comanche …

Streamside Repair 
On my second outing with my Tenkarabum 36 I managed to snap off the tip through an act of clumsiness. It was getting late and we were a few miles from …

Women of Tenkara 
Tenkara fishing is new in America, which means that the appeal of tenkara to U.S. women anglers is also new. My wife, Robin, and I have been trying it …

The High Life 
I can't say I've had great luck fishing in the Adirondacks of upstate New York. I've fished there perhaps 8 or 10 times, often in the cold season when …

Fixed Line Crankbaits? 
Going through my old fishing stuff the other day, I found my old box of Mepp's spinners, along with a couple of micro crankbaits from when big fish/small …

Shenandoah Brookies 
Have been using Nissin Pro Spec 320 for fishing stocked streams in Virginia during the spring and summer. Learned Tenkara by following Chris on TenkaraBum.com …

Vacation at Home 
My Parents visited me in Montana for the past week to do a some fishing and exploring. I introduced them to fly fishing and tenkara during their stay last …

Pocket Mini and Mountain Bike 
We have a local small stream which is perfect Tenkara water. It is full of small redband rainbows and a few brookies. The state wants to eliminate the …

Does Yarn Color Make a Difference? 
Does Yarn Color Make a Difference? One question tenkara anglers like to debate is whether the color of flies, nymphs, or streamers makes much of a …

Big Brown backwards 
I was on the Madison in Montana today. Great day 6 fish all over 16" in two and 1/2 hrs. First fish was a real challenge though. Ever foul hook a …

Air Stage 硬中硬 390 and Kiyotaki 24 in N Georgia 
Took a return trip to a new favorite river in GA this weekend with some new friends. Brought two rods I didn't have last time; Air Stage 390 硬中硬 (medium) …

A New Species 
Here in SW Montana, the target of flyfishers is almost always some sort of salmonid species. Last week was my first time landing something else in a recently …

Costilla, New Mexico 
My wife and I (and dog, Belle) have visited the Rio Costilla area in far northern New Mexico the last three years for a wonderful, serene 4-day getaway. …

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North Georgia Wild Trout 
This week I fished another North GA creek for small wild trout. I used a Kiyotaki 18 rod, 7-ft of Yamatoyo 3.5 fluorocarbon level line, 2-ft of 5X tippet, …

Quality Tenkara Rods 
Quality Tenkara Rods When a person tries tenkara fishing, one of the first things he notices is the wide price ranges of the rods. You can buy …

Rio Grande Perch (Texas Cichlid): A Warm-Water Tenkara Challenge 
Rio Grande Perch (Texas Cichlid): A Warm-Water Tenkara Challenge When we think of tenkara fishing, we usually imagine casting for trout in free-flowing …

Wild Rainbows 
I had passed over this section of creek in North GA a week earlier, it’s tight, overgrown and barely 5-feet wide. On this day I returned with a 4-foot …

Flatwing Design for Tenkara 
Flatwing-style baitfish are mostly thought of as saltwater flies, but they also make for excellent tenkara streamers. They're easy to cast, very hydrodynamic, …

Tenkaraticulation 
Articulated streamers are the rage these days, so I thought for the Streamer Challenge, why not cook up an articulated streamer that's castable with a …

Lost Maples State Natural Area . . . Texas Tenkara Treasure 
Lost Maples State Natural Area . . . Texas Tenkara Treasure Would you enjoy testing your tenkara skills in a pristine, Texas Hill Country setting …

Not on a streamer, yet 
Red Shiners are the common local variety and I've caught a lot of them. But never a spawning male. I found a large school of them swarming around some …

White Bass Switchup 
I am new to tenkara and new to fishing in Kansas, so between the two, I've been having slow (but improving) success this year. Last week, I went down …

Southern Ontario Tenkara Brookies 
Today was my first outing with my new Nissin Pro Spec 320 6:4. I had only taken the rod out to test cast and was already very impressed by the lightness, …

SF Holston River 
There was a family pounding the hole upstream from me with lead head jigs and curly tail grubs to no avail. After about 20 minutes of flogging and tossing …

Tenkara fishing in Spain 
I've been traveling in Spain and doing a little tenkara fishing. It is extremely difficult for a foreigner to get a fishing license and then permission …

Quick Fix  
Spent three lovely hours on my local creek this morning. I was fishing with my Air Stage Fujiryu 360. I used 12' of size 4 level line and about 3.5 feet …

A Good Day In NM 
Went out to the East Fork of the Jemez River here in New Mexico today. The weather was mild and the fish were biting. Beautiful wild browns and splendid …

Tenkara Fishing At The Hatchery 
On April 21 our Trout Unlimited chapter held our annual “meet the DNR” meeting at the local state fish hatchery. We were told we could fly fish the show …

1st Trout on TB36 
The rainbow is a bit beat up but I caught him on the Tenkarabum 36 using 3.6 meters of #3 level line and a cased caddis with tungsten beadhead. It was …

Scottish Browns III 
Just got back from my annual Scotland visit. Got to visit my grand kids, daughter and son-in-law. Once again I had a little time to sample some local streams. …

Bows and dollies and cohos  
Fished the Kenai and Russian Rivers in Alaska last year with my buddies. We caught more than 1000 rainbows, dollies and cohos on tenkara. Even drift …

Son's first fish! 
I've taken my son, Wyatt, fishing several times already with my various tenkara/keiryu rods. Today he was actually patient enough and cooperative enough …

Bluelining  
Decided to go bluelining on a favorite creek for the last few days during an exceptional warm spell. Water was rather low and crystal clear but the fish …

Crane Creek 
I was in Crane Creek the weekend of March 5th and had the opportunity to fish for McCloud 'bows. I had 4 rods with me and ended up using a Kurenai HM33R, …

Hickory Creek, Neosho, Missouri 
Along with two friends, Chris and Kevin from the the local flyfishing club (Heart of America Flyfishers), I made a day trip to Hickory Creek in Neosho, …

February Fujiryu 
We had a windy but very mild day in central IN this past Saturday. I took my 7 year old daughter and my Nissin Air Stage Fujiryu to a retention pond. …

Little Bugs 
In response to Alex's question about a size 26 UKB in the Speak Softly thread -- here's a couple.

Spring River, Mammoth Spring, AR 
My son and I were fishing on a guided float trip in Mountain Home, AR. The flows on the White and North Fork were way to high to safely wade fish. Our …

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Back to the Tidepools 
I just returned from my third year of fishing the tide pools and rocks of Isla Mujeres, Mexico. The basics of the business is covered in my post Fishing …

Jig head killer buggers 
I picked up some Wapsi jig heads and tied a few killer buggers. Went to the local flood ditch and had a blast. The Daiwa Kiyose 43m worked nicely with …

What rods should I bring across Canada? 
Nissin Zerosum 7:3 360 (I don't like cork handles so I'm probably not bringing) Nissin Zerosum keiryu 620 (20ft, a beautiful rod I'm bringing for sure) …

Daiwa Kiyose 43M 
Some photos of the fish I've caught with this rod. Plenty of backbone for fishing deeper water, 3 feet or more. I used a glass bead kebari and a nickel …

Nice Day In WNC 
A couple of things came together ... I got my Daiwa LT39SF from Chris and Mother Nature delivered a beautiful 50F day. Decided to break-in the new rod. …

Possum Kingdom Tailrace 
Good day fishing below Possum Kingdom lake. The Brazos River gets stocked with trout during the winter months about every two weeks. The water had been …

Happy New Year 
I started 2016 at our local Catch and Release pond. Brrrrr, 25 degrees and wind! The first fish broke my 5x tippet. I landed the next one, a nice 19" …

Dan from Wisconsin 
Hello all, I'm a recent tenkara angler. I started fly fishing around four years ago, and I began fishing with tenkara last summer. I'd say it was the …

Winter Tenkara Fishing at Whitewater State Park, SE Minnesota 
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, …

Many "Lost" Day at the Blue River, Tishomingo, OK 
On Dec 21st I headed to the Blue River. It's a spring fed river and during Nov to March it's stocked with trout. Summer temps are too warm to keep it …

Fixed line fishing in Florida 
Our family vacation in Marathon gave us access to a small boat dock. We had the Fieldmaster 44 with us so it was game on! We caught many Mangrove snappers, …

Winter Trout Tour Stops at Bennett Spring 
My wife was meeting friends in Lebanon, MO, the closest town to the Bennett Spring Trout Park. I offered to drive. Bennett Spring is the oldest and perhaps …

Wild Trout 101, Taken to School at Crane Creek 
In 1881 a train carrying McCloud Rainbows to be stocked back east broke down in Crane, Missouri. Rather than lose all the fish they dumped them in the …

Overhand Worm Peacock Bass! 
Soon as I read the "Overhand worm treatise" by Chris Bum, I wanted to try it and was absolutely sure that "my" local peacocks would love it. Actually, …

Season's Best of Show 
I've had some great trips and excellent fishing this year, but my hopes of really mastering the local shiners and other micros was frustrated by the heavy …

Nissin Air Stage Honryu 380  
I recently acquired a Nissin Air Stage Honryu 380. I took it out this past Sunday to a little utility ditch located behind a bank. Fished for about an …

North Central New Mexico 
I went exploring a few days ago. The East Fork of the Jemez River runs for about a mile through a beautiful mountain canyon just south of the Valles Caldera …

My First Tenkara Fish 
My First Tenkara Fish! How cool is this type of fishing?.... During the spring a group of outdoor enthusiasts got together at Hacklebarney State Park …

The little fish are back 
The creek where I fished for micros this summer washed out when we received 2-inches of rain in a couple of hours. This morning I tied two #28 flies and …

Kenkara aka ken 
Just got back from 3 mo. in West Yellowstone MT. I fish with nothing but Tenkara. This is my 4th year of addiction and I wish I would have found this …

Vermont Trip Report 
I've been to Vermont for skiing and ice climbing but never for fishing. It's no further than the Adirondaks for me but I just always felt the 'Daks were …

Guide Conversion 
I was recently in the Taos area and set up a trip to the Cimarron with a local guide. When we met I told him that while I did bring a 3 wt. I would like …

Trip report - Colorado 
I had the chance to travel to Colorado in late September for business so I couldn't resist adding on an extra few days in order test the local waters. …

Onward to Taos 
After two days on the San Juan Vern and I headed east across northern New Mexico on highway 64. What a beautiful drive. With this summer's rains the wildflowers …

Big fish, little flies on the San Juan 
Earlier this month I was fortunate to spend a week in northern New Mexico fishing with my friend Vern B from Dallas. We started on the San Juan river in …

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New Species (for me) 
Went to a recently opened mountain creek in Northern NM a few days ago. Had big fun fishing my Suntech Suikei 39 with a level line and flying ant pattern. …

Dry Flies or Wet Flies 
Since starting this Tenkara journey I have caught many fish carp, bass, sunfish, bluegill and of course many trout. In regards to the flies, I have caught …

Time to 100-fish on killer bug, large lake 
On my recent trip to a northern Wisconsin lake, there were so many fish found near the early weeds along the shoreline that I just had to try my own Tenkara/killer …

First time Tenkara newbie 
I purchased the Kurenai HM33R. After attaching level line, tippet, some fly I had for years, went to a local pond to try it out. I was catching sunfish …

That's Mr. Crappie Pole to You 
A cold front cut off the serious spring crappie spawn before I could get out, but some action was still to be had at James A. Reed Conservation Area, a …

Kansas Trout Stream 
Kanapolis Lake is a Corps of Engineers reservoir on the Smoking Hill river in central Kansas. Starting around 2007 a program was started to convert a small …

TENKARA COMANDO FISHING 
Just what on earth is Commando Tenkara fly Fishing? A Tenkara Commando is an angler who fishes the very smallest of tight, brushy streams, where the casting …

Sunday Surprise on a Kurenai HM33R 
I was enjoying a late Sunday evening fishing adventure at the local city lake using my wife's Kurenai HM33R. I had a size 14 black bluegill killer on …

First garfish on fly 
My setup was a Shimotsuke tenkara 3.3, 7ft of level line, 3ft of 1lb test tippet #32 white killer bugger with a Unibobber as a float. Caught my first eastern …

First fish on #32 fly 
The setup was a Shimotsuke tenkara 3.3 with 7' of level line, 3ft of 1.8lb tippet and a #32 white killer bugger. I hooked a 2" yellowfin bream but he threw …

Making Full Use of a Trout Park 
The state of Missouri has five wonderful hatchery / trout fishing parks spread around the Ozarks. They are all fed by large cold springs. It's great to …

Utah Killer Bug Challenge 
My variant of the Utah Killer Bug tied with Globrite Floss (see the UKB Challenge for tying sequence) is one of the best flies I have for grayling fishing …

Windy Oklahoma 
My son and I went out twice in the last two days using our Tenkara rods in the Oklahoma wind. Yesterday it was gusting to 20 mph and today it was a little …

How not to open a stuck rod ha ha 
I am a total tenkara addict. I have numerous tenkara rods and should have known better than what I did that I'm am about to tell you about. Last year …

Wrong rod for Whitefish? 
I headed out to the Crooked River in search of the December mountain whitefish action. The river is packed with whitefish, but usually you catch mostly …

Making up for lost time 
This is a little bit of a different story, more about a relationship than fishing, but a relationship that has changed because of fishing and specifically …

Many, many fish day 
Took my Nissin 450 two-way ZX (soft) to our local urban catch and release pond today. I landed 29 of these feisty rainbows 10 - 14 inches. This is by …

Soyokaze Therapy 
Despite the beautiful weather in Kansas City the season is winding down. A week ago I spent Sunday on some wonderful creeks west of town but mainly enjoyed …

Tenkara bumming in Cary, NC 
So, now I finally get it. What micro fishing is all about, that is. I live in Cary, N.C., a small but growing town near Raleigh. Its home to SAS and …

Reaction of the uninitiated 
I've shown my Tenkara set-ups to a number of fly fishermen lately, and it seems the more skilled and knowledgeable they are, the more interested they …

Tenkara panfish first timer 
I wanted to get back into fly fishing after a long hiatus. My daughter and I walk past several ponds on her way to school, but I would probably get some …

Why wasn't I hooking fish? 
I don't know the waters in my region. I was never a fisherman, until a hiker friend said he'd barter fishing knowledge for my building him a bridge hammock. …

First Trout on Tenkara 
My good friend and I were going to the IFFF Fair in early August in Livingston, Montana. We were going to fish Yellowstone Park a few days before the …

First try with a light line. 
After reading all the talk about light lines and 10x tippet I decided to put together a light line rig. I was planning on a micro day and decided to take …

Size #32 Sakasa Kebari 
First attempt. I need smaller scissors and smaller vice jaws and yes Chris I do need a magnifying glass. Here's what the first one looks like sans magnifier …

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If The Tenkara Fits 
I would like to thank a friend of mine, colleague actually, he pushed me over the edge……. I had been staring longingly, all winter, over Tenkara rods …

Chicago Creek 
While on vacation in Colorado a couple weeks ago, I took the opportunity to drive the Mt Evans highway, a spectacular drive to the 14,130' summit, all …

Short (stiff) rod, long line. 
This an idea I want to share, maybe someone else can also benefit from it. Lately I've been fishing using a short (9'), stiff (7:3), powerful (45 penny) …

Driftless Killer Bugs 
My friend and I just returned from fishing the driftless area of SW Wisconsin. Most of my trout were caught on Killer Bugs that I tied using the Tenkara …

Short Rod Heavy Line 
I have been experimenting with fishing in real tight cover. Using and Air Stage 240, previously I used a 3 line and it cast fine but I had some problems …

Close but no gar. 
Chris, Greetings. Thanks for all the effort you've put into organizing the Challenge. I'm into it much more than I thought I'd be. The Challenge is …

Went trout fishing and caught something interesting 
The Heart of America Flyfishers had an outing at Roaring River trout park in southwest Missouri. I caught trout and liked it, but that's expected, it's …

Kurenai works well! 
I bought the Kurenai HM33R for my wife while at the Sowbug Roundup in Mountain Home, AR from Chris. We were in Wisconsin last week fishing off a small …

Fun Video I Made 
I've been making fishing videos on You Tube for a a couple months now. This morning I went down to my local lake in some flip flops with a cup of coffee. …

Titanium line 
Discussions about "drag" usually relate to "drag" from water current. However, I feel that drag from the wind blowing from upstream is equally problematic. …

Had fun with my new 5' Daiwa today 
Had a few minutes today to try my new Hinata 5' rod, had a blast. I went out to catch some chubs, but wound up trout fishing. I know this rod isn't intended …

New Rod NEW Fly 
Same pond different day. I finally got a look at a real killer bug (thanks Chris) and decided to tie a few up and give them a try on my local pond. …

We're gonna need a bigger net! 
Here is a link to Lance Linscott catching his first big bow of the Spring on his Soyokaze 27SR. http://www.pocketwaterfishing.com/blog/2014/3/8/we-are-gonna-need-a-big …

Nissin Pro Spec, not only for trout! 
Bought the Nissin Pro Spec 360 7:3 from Chris after reading the Tom Davis review on it. (http://tetontenkara.blogspot.com.br/2013/06/nissin-pro-spec-2-way-73-rod-review …

Iwana SNAP! 
Went to Liberty Park Pond in Sedalia today. A bit windy but I did manage to catch one 18 inch Rainbow on my Iwana rod on the 5th cast. As I was bringing …

a tenkara rod journey 
In early 2010 when I decided to buy a Tenkara rod for my trout fishing, I chose the TUSA Iwana. One year later, I purchased an Amago, another 6:4 rod, …

First Year on the Fly 
Exactly one year ago I decided I could catch more fish if I could put small buggy lures closer to the fish. I purchased a 6 weight combo from Cabela's …

Confessions of a CHEAP Tenkara Newbie 
Many years ago I fished small streams in upstate NY with egg sacs on a fly rod. Nice browns and brookies. FUN! But then my wife came along, kids, etc. …

Big Grayling on Tenkara 
I'd been targeting a big grayling on my local, Driffield, East Yorkshire, UK, chalk stream for a couple of weeks without success, just a few big, out of …

Steelhead? 
I got some free time this afternoon down at my local tailwater - in town, about 1.5 miles from my doorstep - where there is a pretty healthy trout population …

Rainbow on Caddis 
I used my Fountainhead Caddis 360 yesterday (11-8-13) while fishing the Lower Illinois River in Gore, OK. I have previously caught bluegill and small …

Auspicious Beginnings 
The USPS smiled upon me and delivered a Nissin Airstage 390, before noon. Recently I got a hot tip on where to find some brookies... somewhere where sanitary …

Peacock and brown plus Soyokaze - great combo 
After a week of working harder than I really wanted to I quit a little early on Friday and stopped by Tomahawk Creek (suburban Kansas City) on my way home. …

Pink Salmon 
The portability of the Daiwa Kiyose 30SF is such that I can have it with me at any given time. In the case of a recent trip to Minnesota's North Shore …

Kids Tenkara Kit is Awesome! 
Last week I ordered the kids tenkara kit for my 6 year old's birthday. I knew he was a little young, but thought we would give it a go anyway. We went …

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A Number of Firsts - Kiyotaki, Micro Fishing and a Blue Fly 
Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to get about 4 hours of fishing in at one of my favorite streams. This particular river has a large amount of overhanging …

A Bigger Net 
I finally landed a carp today. 26" from nose to the v of the tail. It took 20 minutes with the Kiyose 43MF and a home tied crayfish fly (no it wasn't blue, …

Going to need a bigger net 
Warning: Non-traditional use of tenkara rods to follow. Purists, avert your eyes. The Monongahela River a few miles upstream from downtown Pittsburgh, …

Kiyotaki at Benett Spring, MO 
Went down to Benett Spring today to try and catch a trout or two. I have been creek fishing for months now and missed the fight that you get from a good …

Nissin Cat 
I have a Kiyose 43MF and Vic and Terry's big fish stories have me all fired up. I've been casting to some carp but haven't hooked one yet. In the meantime …

Tenkara vs. Fly Fishing 
It's no contest. There is no question. If you are using a fly, it is fly fishing........even if you're dapping or high sticking. If you're using bait, …

Hand Carved Rod Plug 
Chris, I emailed a couple days ago inquiring about rod plugs. I picked up a dry lilac branch today in the yard, right after sharpening my new buck knife …

Perfect Way to Teach your Family How to ENJOY Fly Fishing 
Chris - I've sent you stories of me and my two kids fishing with the various rods I've found through you - we finally got my wife to cast some flies …

ERA Tenkara Guides in the newspaper 
http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20794-summer-guide-2013-i-believe-i-can-fly.html I instructed/guided Matt Singer of Willamette Week newspaper …

First Time Out 
This is not a great story, but a first-time-out story with my Tenkarabum Starter kit equipment which might be of interest to people thinking of making …

Tenkara with my brother. 
It was a beautiful day here in Northern Kentucky so I decided to pick my not so little, little brother up and take him fishing. Dustin had never fly fished …

UK Tenkara Syndicate 
Spring 2013 saw the formation of a 'Tenkara Only Syndicate' to fish several small, previously unfitted, moorland streams near Sheffield in the north of …

Big Trout on Tenkara 
I fished in the Bighorn River with friends from Wyoming: the annual "Big Fish and Lots of Em Trip" from April 10-13. We floated each day, based at Thermopolis. …

1st Tenkara fish  
April 4th, first nice day of trout season in upstate NY. First day ever with Tenkara. Kiyotaki 27 and olive Tenkara fly. I fished a small creak that I …

Suntech Field Master returns to the Peñasco 
Here's a pic of a typical 8-inch brown from my return trip to the Rio Peñasco with the Suntech Field Master. The 11-incher I caught and released on my …

First trip with the Suntech Field Master 
Hi Chris. I just got back from taking the Suntech Field Master you sold me out for the first time. I went ten miles down the road from my house to the …

Christmas Vacation 
Spent a week on the Lower Mountain Fork River between Christmas and New Year. It is amazing how a river can change from season to season. I was just there …

Tenkara on the River Wharfe Yorkshire 
Had my very first go at tenkara recently fishing the Wharfe in Yorkshire famous for its fabulous wild trout population and some large grayling. Stephen …

Fall Cutthroat Trout 
Last Saturday, Educational Recreational Adventures took fathers and kids tenkara fishing on the Nehalem River near the Oregon Coast. Everyone was new to …

Almost a Colorado Grandslam 
Headed out for the first Fall fishing this year, finally! Boulder Creek was low and the fish spooky but if you approached them with care, you could not …

Tenkara Scores Again in Austria 
This September I revisited the high streams of Austria with my friends Steve Donohue, Don Stazicker & Stuart Crofts (ex England Rivers Team Captain), all …

Tenkara Takes Off in UK 
Tenkara is really taking off here in the UK. I gave a talk on my experience of Tenkara at our recent British Fly Fair International where great interest …

Soyokaze Smallmouth Bass 
Today I fished a local stream with the Soyokaze 27 9-foot rod I purchased a couple weeks ago. I was using 2# monofilament line for tippet because it is …

My Singing Tenkara 
My first tenkara rod was a 13’6” Amago model. I have now become a convert. Until that time I had always fished a favourite mountain stream with my faithful …

Tenkara fishing for amago in Japan 
My family and I just returned home from two weeks in Japan. I have been corresponding with Yoshikazu Fujioka, a tenkara angler and painter of fish from …

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Fishing with the Soyokaze 
I got the Daiwa Soyozake 20SR for micro fishing, but I have found it to be a very versatile rod that can be used to catch a multitude of species with different …

Farm Pond Captures 
Hello All..... I was recently able to steal a week off the boat and while on a visit to my Grandmother (84 years old and still working five days a week!) …

Killer Bug Piggys 
Took the day off yesterday to go do a bit of spring creek fishing here in Southern Idaho. I fished the first pool with a small red copper kebari for a …

My daughter's first trout 
I am new to Tenkara, though I have been western fly fishing for over 25 years. I have been impressed with the "uncluttered" technique of Tenkara and so …

Utah Killer Bug Proves Itself on Yorkshire Grayling 
Thanks Chris for the Utah Killer Bug yarn you sent as a free sample with my last order. I thought I should tie an actual Utah Killer Bug so I looked up …

Amago, Iwana and horsehair line 
Chris, just returned from my recent trip. I used the horse hair lines for my Amago and Iwana rods exclusively with great success. It was slightly windy, …

Tenkara Outfishes Bait! 
In the UK many grayling anglers change from fly to bait fishing once the cool days of November arrive, resulting in a decline in the efficiency of fly …

'TENKARA DAY' Derbyshire Wye 
Well 'the fire' is spreading fast! Tenkara is really starting to 'take off' in the UK. As a committed tenkara convert, I was recently invited (with the …

Extra Shock Absorbers & Light Tippet 
I've been experimenting with additional shock absorbers when using light tippet (7x) & tiny flies (sizes 20 to 30 CdC midges & midge pupae) for fish in …

Rive Alyn, North Wales 
Had a day out on the Warrington Anglers stretch of the Alyn. As the trout season on rivers is over, I can now fish for Grayling all winter, but only on …

U K - Upper Tees Tenkara Heaven 
Sold on the principle of a simplified approach to fly fishing, I took the plunge and purchased a 12’ Iwana earlier this season. My first outing with …

Iwana on the River Calder 
I took my Iwana on it's first visit to the River Calder, which flows of the Penines in Lancashire, England. The river was out of sorts and as I haven't …

1st Tenkara Fish 
I purchased a 12 foot Ebisu a little while ago from one of Tenkara USA's brick and morter dealers. Selecting it was fun since the Bay Area representative …

Tenkara in Austria 
As a tenkara convert of 9 months I decided to take my Amago to Austria. I already knew of the massive advantages of tenkara presentation in waters with …

Breaking Down Mental Barriers with an 11' IWANA  
This is a story I've been meaning to write for sometime, and after reading Chris's post about 'Rethinking Rod size', I was motivated to say the least. …

THINGS YOU GOTTA DO SOMETIMES 
This post is in addition to my previous submittal of "Small Stream Tenkara Adventures." (See other post). As I was typing in the story, I could see that …

Fly Fishing and Freshwater Ecology Camp 
Through Educational Recreational Adventures, a non-profit organization that I founded in 2003, I conducted a week-long Fly Fishing and Freshwater Ecology …

Small Stream Tenkara Adventure 
From Sept 6-10, 2011, I was able to get away for a 1300 mile round trip blitzkrieg fishing adventure. It also enabled me to catch, photograph and release …

First trip with Tenkara on The R.Alyn, North Wales 
Got my new rod, a 12ft Iwana and had a great day on my first trip. I soon got used to casting but our river is a bit overgrown as it does at the backend. …

Tenkara on the River Calder UK 
Over the last weekend I had an offer to fish the River Calder in Lancashire by a friend who had known about my Tenkara habit. He told me not to bring …

The Kebari Has Landed, Tenkara Guides LLC Is Up And Running 
I just wanted to post up and formally introduce the Tenkara Guides crew to the TenkaraBum Blog. Together we are ERiK Ostrander, John Vetterli, and Rob …

UK Tenkara Dry Fly Fishing 
A while back I mentioned how impressed I was with tenkara for winter grayling in the extreme cold we had in the UK last winter. Well, now I've had time …

Killer Strikes Again 
I haven't changed flies in the last three trips. I'm not sure I still remember how to tie a clinch knot. Connected with this guy Saturday, on my way back …

Still Killin' It 
One of three browns (the biggest) that fell for a Killer Bug on a recent muggy day in the lower Hudson Valley.

Young Children as Tenkara Anglers 
Staff of Educational Recreational Adventures has just completed our 4th week of Outdoor Adventure Camp with campers from 7-12 years old. One day was dedicated …

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Quick and easy! 
Having a Tenkara rod always set up in the car is too easy! Everybody should have one. Stopped off at the Alyn on the way home from work. The rod had already …

Welsh Tenkara Virgin 
A work trip to South Wales gave me a chance to visit my brother. He is the reason I started fly fishing all those years ago. He has tried my tenkara rod …

Tenkara grayling in the UK 
I bought my first Tenkara rod, a 12' Iwana in late November 2010, just as we started with the worst winter in over 30 years. My first 2 sessions were on …

A Tour of the Catskills 
Woodland Valley Stream in New York is ideal tenkara water. A sunny afternoon in mid-July is not the ideal time to fish, but my buddy and I still managed …

High Water 
This story was submitted without a name. No reason to be shy, especially with a fish like that and the pics to prove it. _______ I was fishing upper …

Tenkara & Hi-Vis Orange vs Western 
Just got back from fishing the Breitenbush River in Central Oregon. My sons, grandsons and son-in-law head up there every year while the women enjoy a …

Tenkara Trailhead... 
I recently purchased and tested two rods marketed as "tenkara" rods, sold by the same distributor and apparently made by the same manufacturer. You can …

Top 10 Ways to Break a Tenkara Rod or Telescoping Fishing Pole 
Top 10 Ways to Break a Tenkara Rod or Telescoping Fishing Pole 1. Connect the line to the lillian with the tip section of the rod with any part …

Big Fish, Big River Tenkara 
Chris -- First and foremost, thanks for the all the time you spend on your website. I find it to be an invaluable resource about the state of tenkara. …

Clear Creek, Buffalo Wyoming
April 25th, 2011
 
I had the opportunity to finally use my recently purchased Tenkara gear. I was in Wyoming for family business and was able to sneak away for a day of Tenkara …

Warm Water Tenkara: First Impressions 
Two weeks ago I'd never heard of Tenkara. Thought I'd share some of my rookie experience, meager as it is. My home water is a pond about ten miles …

Second Time Fly Fishing 
So my buddy, my brother and myself went down to the Arkansas river in Pueblo, CO for my second time fishing on a breezy day. My first day of fly fishing …

My First Fish!!! 
I bought the Iwana 12' rod not too long ago and some of your orange hi visibilty level line along with other essentials, and was ready to try fly fishing …

First Tenkara Trip 
I just want to say a big thanks to Chris once again for all of the help, advice, the flies and the lines. I got everything in a couple days ago and took …

Putting my Gear Though its Paces 
I've only had my Iwana rod 5 months and felt that I should put my gear though it's paces before I left any reviews or feedback. After today the rod, lines, …

2010 Tenkara Year In Review 
I kept a log of my tenkara fishing during 2010 (my first year fishing this way), and after seeing our host's percentages of fish caught on different flies …

Dry Flies in Late November 
Another nice Sunday with the Ebisu, a level line, sunny weather with no wind and good hatches of various-sized midges. I caught a rainbow on a weighted, …

Some Tenkara Trip Thoughts 
Last week we took a family vacation and spent a week at a house right on a section of Oak Creek in northern Arizona. Throughout the week I had a chance …

SF American River 
During the last week of September, I was able to day trip up to the SF American river and Rock Creek, a sweetheart of a little stream. Both rivers are …

Chasing Cutthroat with Tenkara  
My friend Ari and I fished a number of small creeks in the Lewis River watershed in SW Washington. I had read about larger cutthroat that migrated from …

First Tenkara Fishing Trip 
Not only was this horsepack trip my first outing with my new Tenkara 12' Iwana, it was my oldest daughter's first true backcountry camping/fishing trip …

Tenkara for Kids 
Our non-profit organization, Educational Recreational Adventures, (www.edurecadv.org) has conducted three fly fishing camps and two outdoor adventure camps …

Tenkara on Oak Creek 
I was able to sneak away for half the day this past Saturday and go up to Oak Creek, near Sedona, AZ. Oak Creek is a beautiful place to fish, but can …

Simple, pure, and deadly 
Chris - Here's a quick story: My wife asked me minutes after I got home from a recent trip..."aren't you going to unload your gear? I want to drive …

First tenkara creek trip 
I took my first tenkara creek trip yesterday. I have played with the rod at a local lake a little bit, but no moving water until yesterday. My wife and …

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Pesca Alla Valsesiana 
My name is Andrea and I live in Valsesia in northern Italy. In my valley (and only here in Italy!) we fish with a technique similar to tenkara but with …

First time out with my Kiyotaki 24 rod 
I took my new kiyotaki 24 rod out for the first time today. I used Chris’s recommendation on how long to make my 3.5 level line and tippet. I went one …

Big clunky rod 
Been fishing my local pond in Sedalia Mo for winter trout (stocked) I brought my Iwana since I thought I might hook a lunker by accident. I have been fishing …

Titanium To The Rescue! 
Spent last week fishing the Trophy Section of the Ravensfork River in Cherokee, NC. The river can vary from 30-150' in width and flows last week were in …

Kiyotaki in the High Sierras 
For years of fishing the back-country of California's High Sierra, I'd haul the traditional 5wt outfit to these rockbound lakes to combat the alpine winds …

The Daiwa Kiyose 33SF in Australia 
First trip out with the Daiwa Kiyose 33SF on a cool windy day. Line Tenkarabum hand tied fluoro heavy 10',6x tippet, brown bead head nymph and an indicator. …

Tenkara Skeptic 
Wow, what an elaborate website. It is very informative. I just can't see using a $150 "cane pole" to dab flies as being all that exciting. Simplicity …

Another Shoreline 
I know a lot of places to fish in the metro area, but it's always exciting to find a good one. I didn't think Hillsdale Reservoir was a good one. Hillsdale …

August Lahontans 
After recently reading about a newly restored Sierra Nevada stream on the Calif. DFG website, I made plans to be there Aug 1st, 2016, the season opener …

I'm a Believer! 
I met Chris Stewart and Misako Ishimura at the Sow Bug Festival in April and decided to get her book and a TenBum 36. Both gathered dust on a shelf until …

Fishing with Daughter 
I recently got the Keiryu Kids kit for my 4 year old daughter since she was starting to show interest in fishing with daddy. We hiked up to Lost Lake for …

TB36 in Wyoming 
Did a little fishing in Wyoming over the weekend for Snake River Cutthroats. TB36 was great.

Tight Lines at Cibolo Creek Nature Center 
Tight Lines at Cibolo Creek Nature Center It’s hard to find good fishing spots near major metropolitan areas that aren’t overrun with people or trashed …

DIY Coiled Sighter 
Strike detection is vital when fishing flies below the surface, whether they are weighted nymphs or unweighted wet flies. Most of the time, one can simply …

Lake Fishing Tenkara from a Watermaster Raft 
Before leaving home to travel to a lake in Iregon's Cascade Mountains, I asked my friend and fellow tenkara angler, "Is there any reason to bring a tenkara …

Outgunned and Having Fun 
I went to a local lake with my girlfriend and her father for a little floating and fishing. I brought my tenkara gear, while they used their 6 and 7-weight …

Tenkara Fishermans' Summer (Apologies to Haig-Brown) 
As a Tenkara style fly fisher I am spoiled by the embarrassment of riches at hand. Having fly fished on Vancouver Island, B.C. since 1970 I am an anomaly. …

SW Montana Road Trip 
Yesterday, a friend and I took an extended day trip to parts of SW Montana that were new to us. We started the night before by driving to the remote Centennial …

New Beach New Fish 
A few weeks back my wife and I spent a few days with friends in Pass a Grille, Florida. Pass a Grille is the neighborhood at the far south end of St. Pete's …

Early trout season in Central New York 
It has been a strange start to the trout season here in Central NY. The couple of weeks leading up to April 1st, we had warm weather, minimal rainfall …

Sea-run Cutthroat in Puget Sound on Tenkara 
I just returned home to Portland, from Gig Harbor/Puget Sound where I was fly fishing for sea-run cutthroat trout and resident coho salmon (salmon that …

Killer bug strikes again! 
Had a chance to get out this morning to a beautiful little local river, "the Little Patuxent." Hooked and landed a few "stocker" rainbows on my new Suntech …

Tidepool Rod Choices Firm Up 
Over the last three years I've taken a number of different rods on my expeditions to Isla Mujeres, Mexico. This year I settled into a small basic kit of …

Snowshoeing and Tenkara in SE Minnesota 
Snowshoeing and tenkara make for perfect winter recreation. The destination today was a favorite state park in SE Minnesota. My first season winter fly …

Post Storm Brookies 
I was surprised by the beauty of this winter brookie, so when I noticed how nicely the picture turned out I decided to share. I had not had an opportunity …

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Vertical Presentation 
Been a fly fishing for 40 yrs. I started using loop reels 6.5 glass 2wt, really long greased furl leaders. Either watched trout flash when they stopped …

43M Strikes Again............and again and again 
Fishing around town with the Daiwa Kiyose 43M. Great rod, plenty of fish fighting power. The largemouths put a decent bend in the rod but were quickly …

Tanago On Ice 
Sitting on the ice today fishing straight down with a short pole reminded me of the descriptions of tanago fishing, sitting on a bank fishing straight …

Back Home With Dinner 
After our day chasing wild trout on a wild stream at Crane Creek Chris H. and I stopped at Capp's Creek Conservation Area on our way home. It's about eight …

Nissin Air Stage Honryu 380 and the Yarn Nymph  
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New Mexico and Oklahoma  
During October I was fortunate to be able to explore New Mexico and southeast Oklahoma. In NM I fished the Ruidoso/Cloudcroft region, the Gila National …

Culprit Is Apprehended  
I took out the canoe and spent the morning working the edge of a local lake for bass and sunfish. I put on a fancy store bought cricket and immediately …

One fly to rule them all 
I'm too much of a gear geek to limit myself to just one fly, but for warm water fish I'm pretty sure you could limit yourself to various sizes and colors …

Scottish Browns II 
Just got back from my annual Scotland visit. Got to visit my grand kids, daughter and son-in-law. Once again I had a little time to sample some local …

When the runoff is too high, find the small creeks and have fun! 
Went out today to fish near Hartsel, CO only to have really high flows put a damper on the usually great fishing there. Water was too murky to fish effectively. …

My first tenkara (keiryu?) steelhead! 
Hit the Carp river today (Lake Superior tributary in Marquette, Michigan) with my Kiyose 42SF, targeting steelhead. Saw a couple nice ones but they weren't …

First Time Tenkara 
I had just received my Dragontail Tatsu the day before and my local park lake had just had one of its "kid fishing days". With one of the coves netted …

Five species of fish and only two trips 
Weather here in West Texas has warmed up great and I have only really spent about five hours on the water but I have fished only Tenkara! Anybody that …

Lovin' the Suntech Kurenai HM45R 
I was steadily catching hand-sized bream this evening when this largemouth bass surprised me by taking a size 12 Kebari on 6x tippet. The Kurenai very …

Multi Tasking 
I had a wonderful day fishing with my son today. We went to our urban trout ponds. There are four ponds, one is catch and release, one bait and keep, …

Broke my Pro Spec 7:3... with a 10 pound Koi! 
OK, I know what you're thinking Chris, I'm crazy. But I couldn't resist casting my fly when saw her coming my way. The craziest part is that after breaking …

End of Season Surprise 
Back in mid November before the arctic single digits, I was working in a house that backed up to Little Mill Creek. I assumed things had shut down with …

Tenkara Comes to Croatia! 
I had the pleasure of fishing in N.Croatia/S. Slovenia on the Kupa River with my friend and guide, Darko Gorjan of Zacrajc Brodski, Croatia. Don't look …

Scottish Browns 
I just got back from a trip to Scotland to visit my daughter, her husband and our grandchildren. There is a stream about two blocks from their home so …

Tenkara Rod Field Repair 
This picture should tell the story. It worked! This field repair was done at Lake Victor (9900') in the Wind River Mountains just last week with small …

first time 
Went fishing in Montana last week. This was my second trout fishing trip. I started out with my 3.6 rod I had ordered after returning from MT last year …

Best Fish I Ever Caught 
It was fun tying a size #32 Kebari but it was even more fun fishing with it. Tonight after I tied the smallest fly I have ever tied I headed out to my …

First fish on Tenkara 
Got my rod and line set up and headed out to a pond close to my house. Caught my first fish on my third cast.

Honryu to the Rescue 
I needed a little more length fishing from the bank at Bennet Spring so I switched from my Kiyotaki to the Honryu 380. What a great rod for fighting smaller …

Kiyotaki Rainbows 
Finally figured out what I was doing wrong on the local trout water. picked up this guy and a few others on the Kiyotaki 27. It handles them like a dream. …

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Sighters 
My eyes are getting old and it is getting kind of hard for me to see the take under water. So, for the last year I have put on a little Orvis strike putty, …

Fine Mode Kosansui 
Took my new Fine Mode Kosansui 450 out to fish my local stocked spring. There were a lot of fish stacked up everywhere, some big some small. I got a ton …

Dark Kebaris Ascending 
I've been wanting to share a fly variation I've been tying, and with Dark Kebaris now being mentioned in the last several posts the time has come. I've …

The cow goes moo! 
Ordered on the 16th your Purple Cow rod. Received on the 18th one Purple Cow. It says Guts on the rubberized grip which is very cool to me and any kid …

Sedalia Winter Trout 
Time for another season of trout fishing at a small pond in Sedalia Mo. Sedalia offers some nice size trout this year with a total of 1300 fish for me …

warm water tankara in the fall of the year 
On Veteran’s Day I woke up later than I usually do. My girl had to work and the kids all had their own things going on. As I lay there in bed, I said …

Trout Country 
One of my favorite things about my apparently yearly excursions to a remote trout stream is how breathtakingly dry, barren and desolate it is. On the way …

Tenkara Fishing 
Found a new way to have fun with my Fountainhead 12' Tenkara rod. I had set up an Elk Hair Caddis and a Pheasant Tail nymph about 18" below it on a 14' …

First timer for tenkara and new to fly fishing! 
I've been tournament bass fishing here in Texas since I was twelve and about a year ago I decided to try something new due to low lake levels and fuel …

Big fish, light rod 
I've been fishing with my Diawa Kiyose 43MF almost exclusively for the last few months... but on a whim I decided to use my Kiyotaki 27. My casting ability …

Kiyotaki 21 
I broke my favorite rod, a Kiyotaki 27, another case of operator error. I get so used to these little rods being so strong and forget sometimes, oops! …

Tenkara on the Tone in Somerset England. 8/27/2013. 
Having "staycation" this year with 4 major jobs to do around our house. I now have all my fishing stuff all in a repainted/waterproof shed (shack) in the …

Kiyotaki 27 
Just wanted to say once again, Kiyotaki 27 YES! Soft tip, responsive, handles small to medium fish with ease and even ticks when a mosquito fish hits it. …

What do you mean? Of course it's alive! 
While looking for my blue fly picture I came across this shot of a killer kabari in it's natural habit. That is one creepy, crawly, juicy little meat unit. …

Daiwa Enshou LL36SF for the win! 
Decided to make a quick run that turned into a long journey. Ran to a place about 30 minutes from home and find that the 1" of rain we got last night turned …

More Exploration of Tenkara Syndicate Waters 
On June 19th I made a second visit to explore one of the UK Tenkara Syndicate waters in Derbyshire. It was warm (20 degrees C) & dull but brightened after …

A tale of two fish 
I had a chance to fish a small lake at a local park. The lake features bluegill, crappie, largemouth and dozens of enormous (average > 36") carp. Between …

Tenkara license frame! 
So after much research and input from this forum, heres my custom Tenkara license frame, thanks guys! (I own a Jeep Liberty SUV)

BAD DAY GOOD DAY 
55 and raining. I was not having a good morning, but decided to push it and go back to a creek I had fished 2-3 weeks before in southern Vt. Then I had …

Seiryu Rod??? Maybe more? 
Chris - I never did get you feedback on the Nissin Fine Mode 2-Way Nagare 440 rod I bought earlier this year. I could say "this is the best rod ever …

Good Day 
We are having a stretch of good weather here in the north east .The smaller streams that I like fishing are running at summer levels ,but with good cool …

a couple three weeks 
it's been a couple three weeks now since i stepped myself into the wacky and sublime world of tenkara. i must say that it has been a really great ride …

December Trout on the Soyokaze 
I first heard about tenkara on a traditional bowhunting website. A couple of guys were talking about packing a tenkara rod in their back quiver while …

Tenkara... taken with a grain of salt. 
Tenkara... taken with a grain of salt. In keeping with the translation of “tenkara” as being “from the sky”, it should come as no surprise a downstream …

Sea-run Cutthroat Trout on Tenkara 
Educational Recreational Adventures guided more than 15 anglers this fall on tenkara fly fishing trips for cutthroat trout. We fished both the Nehalem …

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Fly fishing Tenkara, all about fun! 
Well, this is not exatly a story but more of a conclusion on what really matters. Years ago when I was just entering the fly fishing world I came across …

Bamboo Tenkara Rods 
Discovered this site on Tenkara Bamboo Rods, very interesting site and reading. If you are a bamboo enthousist and were looking for a Bamboo Tenkara rod …

More UK Tenkara Days 
I've just returned from 2 Tenkara Days, the first organised by John Pearson of Fishon Productions & Paul Gaskell of the Wild Trout Trust on the River …

Carry Killer Bugs They are Great 
Fished a tailwater Sunday with 13 ft Tenkara rod, 7x and killer bugs. The versions tied with killer bug yarn and a sand Prismacolor marker were slightly …

RRTU Tenkara Presentation 
Thanks to the Tenkara Bum for last nights presentation to The Rahway River Trout Unlimited Chapter of New Jersey. Chris did an outstanding job on teaching …

Tailwater Tenkara 
I fished my local tailwater last weekend with my tenkara rod. I was able to fish a couple of hours before high water from the generators ran me out …

Small stream fishing with the Daiwa Kiyose 30SF 
I recently recently received my new Daiwa Kiyose 30 SF rod from Tenkara Bum. Thanks to Chris for the great service--the site is great, he answers e-mails …

A Great Day on The Calder 
Had a great day on Saturday 7th April. Couldn't believe my luck - a hatch of Large Dark Olives lasted from about 10 oclock until 3 in the afternoon. Caught …

Ian Robertson Newton-Le-Willows 
Had another good day on the Alyn in North Wales catching Grayling but as we move into November they will vanish and go to the deep pools in the River Dee. …

Low river levels in Wales 
30th of July and the weather is HOT! The river is really, really low! Again we are very short on time this weekend, working away from home in London all …

South Platte River, Eleven Mile Canyon, Colorado 
My son and I just returned from a tenkara fishing/camping trip to the South Platte River below Eleven Mile reservoir. We camped in the Spillway camp ground …

Twist of fate 
For the past couple of weeks I have been giving my brother grief over never seeing him catch a fish or have a picture of him catching a fish (of course …

Kings Canyon National Park 
From Sept. 6th thru the 10th, I was able to camp and fish the beautiful SF Kings River inside and just outside the Park. This is a new river for me, and …

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