First time micro fishing
by Kevin Etherson
Farm fishing, upstat NY
I recently had the opportunity to fish on a farm creek in upstate NY. There was very limited casting room for my ITO rod and I was almost ready to give up. Then I decided to take my rod apart and only use the top three sections. I was fishing by a foot bridge so I had a little more room to flip my fly to some fish. Sure enough it worked and I was able to hook and land several fish. I missed a few fish because the hook was to big for their small mouths.
I realized that taking my rod apart wasn't the best idea so I decided to get a shorter rod. I decided to try a micro fishing rod from Tenkarabum and purchased a Nissin Tanago Koro and a Shimotsuke Kiyotaki rod* for some of the small shrub choked streams where I live on Long Island, NY.
I used the Koro rod on a small stream not far from where I live and was able to land a few fish. This rod had no problem with the bluegills that I was catching. The bluegills I caught on that stream weren't all that small and they gave a good fight.
At one point I saw a nice size trout shoot out from under some weeds and dart back under cover. I don't know if the Koro would have handled that fish so I think I'll be using the Kiyotaki rod next time I fish this little pocket on that stream.
This is a fun way to fish and I'm looking forward to giving it a try in some of the streams that I fish.
(*I couldn't make up my mind so I got both to add to my ever growing collection of rods).
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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
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