Father and Son First Tenkara Nymphing

by Danny
(White River Mountain home Arkansas)

We got our first taste of tenkara fishing with a TenBum 36 last summer on the frying pan in CO. Perfect drag free drifts tripled our catch rate on dry flies. Last weekend on the White river in Arkansas, we finally got to try nymph fishing with our Tenkara rods. We had a blast. I love the bend that we get in our rods even with average fish. We used an airlock indicator and two nymphs- a y2k bug and a ruby midge. The Ruby Midge slayed them. We caught so many that onlooking fishermen began to ask us "What are you catching them on?" Part of our success was due to the flies, but a big part was the great drifts that we got using our Tenkara equipment. It's going to be hard to go back to using a western rod.

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