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Love it

by Tim
(St. Louis, MO, USA)

First time out with my TenkaraBum 36 today, and I caught 5 Rainbows in under 45 mins using nymphs. My drifts never looked so good! So much fun .... only caught 2 on my 9 wt. :-)

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Aug 23, 2018
by: Les Albjerg

Tim - That TenkaraBum rod will grow on you! I don't fly fish much anymore. The direct connection and ability to more accurately manipulate a fly has me hooked on fixed line fishing! I have many rods, and I would say I fish my TenkaraBum 40 50% of the time. If I could only keep one rod, it would be either my TenkaraBum 40 or possibly the TenkaraBum 44.

Fishing a crystal clear stream last weekend would have required an 8 to 12 foot leader on a fly rod. I was able to fish my Tenkara rod with an 18 inch leader and catch fish with my Tenkara rod.

Aug 23, 2018
by: Timmy

Tim- You actually have cold enough waters this time of year for trout in St.Louis, MO??! NO WAY!!!

Aug 23, 2018
Spring-fed trout parks
by: Chris

There are spring fed trout parks in MO that I would bet stay cold enough year round.

Aug 23, 2018
Cool Springs
by: Alan Luecke

At this latitude (Missouri) the temperature ten feet under ground is 56 to 58 degrees year round. Spring fed water is trout water.

Aug 24, 2018
Hidden Gems!
by: Les Albjerg

Last spring, I had a mentee who grew up in Missouri. He has made an annual trip to fish the spring creeks and steams for the past 24 years since leaving Missouri. I thought it a little strange to go that far for trout until I saw the pictures. I tried to get him interested in Tenkara.

He is a dedicated spin fisherman. He showed me pictures of several 3 plus pound browns caught on 1 pound test line! Mark said one pound test was his secret weapon.

Aug 24, 2018
Good rods
by: David

I'm not surprised by your experience. I don't have a TB36, but the TB40 has become one of my favorite 4m tenkara rods this summer after ordering it this spring. The grip took a little getting used to. After that was adjusted to it's all been good.

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