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Dan from Wisconsin

by Daniel McDowell

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 simplicity that drew me to it.

Anyway, most of my fly fishing before last summer had been for bluegill, bass, and pike. I had never lived near enough to trout water to make trout fishing possible on a regular basis. When I did take trips, I rarely caught anything without a guide present.

Last summer, my dad and I went fishing on the headwaters of a northern Wisconsin river, the Little Wolf. We fished for about three hours or so. We each caught one fish of any real size, which I know is pretty poor. But there it is, I caught my first wild brook trout on a tenkara rod. I was using a Tenkara Rod Co. Sawtooth, with a 13ft furled line, 5x tippet (I think), and a size 14 bead-head hare's ear nymph. The ease of casting let me focus on the water (and my wading, which I now believe is why I didn't catch more fish, I waded like a blind elephant with a trick knee).

That's my story. I've spent the winter tying up tenkara style flies, and I cannot wait to hit the streams come January.


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Dec 27, 2015
by: Rob Ruff

Now that you've had the breakthrough in catching that trout, there will be many more fish to follow. Gone are the days of needing a guide. The more water you introduce yourself to, the more experience you will gain in knowing how to fish it. Your wading stealth can be greatly improved by using a wading staff or, when possible, not wading at all unless absolutely necessary. Good luck and have fun.

Jan 07, 2016
by: Herb S.

Hi Dan:

To begin with, Rob's suggestion to use a wading staff is right on. They call me Tripod, but a staff has saved my old bacon several times.

Having had the chutzpah to teach fly fishing at times over the years, one of the main things I try to impress is the need for stealth, and I congratulate you on realizing that. Some never do. The first thing is to slow down. Slower. Stop often. Wait. Watch. If a wake runs ahead of you you're moving too fast. If you've ever watched a great blue heron fishing that will give you the idea.

And don't neglect warm water streams if you have any nearby. Sunfish, bass, chubs and other fish are good training for trout and just as much fun.
Happy Fishing!

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