(Salem, AR USA)
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!) I took the unusual step of obtaining permission to some very high-grade private water on my uncle's property. This is as fine a farm pond as exists and is loaded with supreme high-grade fish. I had some great memories of fishing there about 30 years past and my uncle very graciously gave me the oppurtunity to fish there.
I used my 14' Wakata tenkara fly rod as this is what I carry when I'm on the road....it is supposedly ultralight but as my fine catfish from last year proves it has the potential to beat fairly large fish when you hook up with one. I was able to bank this fine largemouth (probably about 17 inches) and about 20 superior coppernose bluegill in around an hour and a half. I recommend this fly rod without reservation and for those of you wanting to simplify fly fishing to an acceptable level, tenkara (fixed line, no-reel) is the answer to your prayers!
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"Be sure in casting, that your fly fall first into the water, for if the line fall first, it scares or frightens the fish..." -
Col. Robert Venables 1662
As age slows my pace, I will become more like the heron.
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The fish are slippery when wet.
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