first time

by ecb

Went fishing in Montana last week. This was my second trout fishing trip. I started out with my 3.6 rod I had ordered after returning from MT last year and finding Tenkarabum online. I thought it would be perfect for the smaller boulder strewn creeks we fished and that proved to be true.

I immediately caught a fish on a tenkara fly, but soon switched to a traditional dry fly because I just couldn't see the tenkara fly on top or distinguish strikes when under. I have since ordered some of the bright amnesia line to use as an indicator next time.

I had trouble casting at first, it was windy, but was good enough to catch several fish. I learned to love the bow and arrow cast for tight spots and delicate drifts. I found it easier than traditional fly fishing. I didn't go back to traditional until I broke my rod on the
Last day :(! I figured I actually broke it the night before when collapsing the rod. I got in a hurry. No worries $20 later, the replacement section is on its way.

The biggest advantages I saw was the ability to keep most of the line off the water for better drifts, I found myself wishing for a longer version more often than a shorter one and these streams were small! The other advantage was not having that tangling flyline to worry about!

I'm sold and will be getting at least 2 more rods, my son just moved to Alaska so I'm stoked for trout, salmon and grayling.

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