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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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Feb 15, 2017
White River
by: Martin

My son and I are going over to the White River this Friday. What part of the river were you fishing?

Feb 15, 2017
Wrong Question!
by: Les A.

Great story, and priceless time with your son!

It is amazing how technique gets relegated to 3rd or 4th on the importance list when people ask questions. They think it is the rod or the fly (bait) that is making the difference, but rarely talk or ask about technique. My last time out, I was able to share with a guy how I was manipulating my Mummy Worm with the rod and by using my strike indicators as a guide to where it was in the water column. I also shared with him that since I knew the length of my line I knew the distance of my cast. I then showed him the the large Oak tree across the pond that I was using as my target since I had had several strikes in that area. After all of the talk, the fish gods were kind to me as I had a good hook-up on the next cast when he was watching me!

Feb 15, 2017
To Martin
by: Danny

One afternoon we fished below the Norfork Dam just below the ramp in the skinny water. The next afternoon we fished Roundhouse Shosls on the White. The Roundhouse was hot. Good luck!

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