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First Time Micro Fishing

by Ted Naydan
(Charlton, NY)

Red Fin Shiner, This was my top lunker of the day

Red Fin Shiner, This was my top lunker of the day

I've been fly fishing since I was born, but today was my first time out "micro fishing." I just got my Daiwa six foot Tanago Rod. Today I went out to a little stream three minutes from my house and tried out the equipment in one of my secret spots. Rigging up this superfine equipment right at stream side in the middle of a wind really pushes your patience. I can't believe it, but I end up catching one of the rarest fishes in my entire state, that is Upstate NY. It is a Red Fin Shiner, lythrurus umbratilis. I actually caught four of them. It is not yet endangered, but listed as of special concern and considered rare. It was one of the best days fishing I've ever had in my life.

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May 12, 2014
I just love stories like that
by: TenkaraBum

What a great story. I am very glad to have been able to get you the gear that made that day possible. Not every day of micro fishing is going to be that momentous, but hopefully they'll continue to be very special days.

May 12, 2014
by: Levi Cain

Well done, I have still yet to catch a Redfin Shiner. And your right. That wind is no joke, because of it I have come to learn that I have very short patience.

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