Bighorn question

by Maple Plain, MN
(Charlie Phelps)

I am wondering if those of you with more experience than I have can chime in on the following:

I am going to be fishing with my wife on the Bighorn for three days in mid-September. I am bringing my western gear, but am wondering if my TenkaraBum 40 might be up for the task as well. It is my understanding that we will be fishing from drift boats a good deal of the time and catching fish that are often in the 14"-18" range.

I have only used my tenkara rods on smaller streams and have never fished it from a drift boat. The fish I am used to catching are in the 10-12" range with an occasional 14 incher.

Any advice any of you sage veterans have to offer will be greatly appreciated!

Best,

Charlie

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Aug 29, 2018
Have Fun
by: Les Albjerg

Charlie - I'm sure you will have a blast. A couple of things. First rest assured your TB 40 will handle anything that the Big Horn has to offer. You would enjoy the length of the Suntech Fine Power 56 or even the 66.

You need to consult with your guide (I assume this is a guided drift boat trip.) and see if it is OK to fish a Tenkara rod from the boat. Guides can be particular. On two guided trips I have taken since having a Tenkara love, both guides wouldn't allow me to fish from the boat, but were fine when we stopped and fished from the shore. It has been over 25 years since I fished the Big Horn. The guide I had stopped often to fish from the shore. You should have some opportunities.

Looking forward to a write-up of your adventure.

Aug 29, 2018
Many thanks!
by: Charlie Phelps

Hi Les,

Thank you for your reply!

That lines up with what I learned yesterday. We are going out of the Bighorn River Lodge and I spoke to a nice & helpful woman named Cheryl on the phone. The guides were on the water, but she hinted that fishing from shore would be the way to go and that I would have chances to do so.

I often fish with a 2.5 level line and 5x tippet. Might I want to beef up either or both?

Best,

Charlie

Aug 29, 2018
Tippet / Line
by: Chris Stewart

Do not beef up the tippet! Better to lose a few fish that to have the lillian or swivel pulled off.

If it is often windy on the river, a slightly heavier line might be a good idea. The rod will handle 3 or 3.5 lines smoothly.

Aug 29, 2018
Bighorn question
by: Ben Bailey

I fish Tenkara on the horn plenty, no problem handling 90% of the fish. They are usually fishing fairly heavy nymph rigs from the boat, no way to stop when you get hung up on bottom so boat fishing is less then ideal. There are plenty of places to swing soft hackles or tight line nymph from shore.

Aug 30, 2018
Tippet
by: Tyson

As Chris said it’s better to loose a few fish then outgun your rod. 5x will catch really big trout played right. I’m learning, and watcheing my mentor catch fish 3x what I could on the same tippet. Most 5x is 4-5lb test which is a great fish on any rod.

Aug 30, 2018
Thank you
by: Charlie Phelps

Thank you all for sharing your thoughts! They're much appreciated and make a good deal of sense.

Aug 30, 2018
Don't Fight the Wind
by: Les Albjerg

Charlie - I grew up in Minnesota. The wind out West is much different. Often it is gusty. So, be patient when you have to and wait for the gust to subside. Second, I have learned to use to the wind to my advantage. Work your way so you can cast downwind if at all possible. I really like 3.5 level line for the TB 40 in the wind. Last but not least, when the wind is raging, a small float (strike indicator) can really save your bacon. The float makes a nice hinge between your line and tippet. It helps you keep the line off the water. Play with it, you will see how it works once you try a float indicator. Most of all get your head straight about wind (I speak from experience.). There is nothing you can do about it, so try to use it to your advantage. The good news is this time of year, the wind isn't as bad usually.

Aug 31, 2018
Thank you Les
by: Charlie Phelps

I appreciate your additional comments about the wind. ...I fish smallies w/an 8 weight 'western' outfit on the St. Croix near Granstburg and we get a fair amount of wind at times there too. I don't doubt there is more farther west though!

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