Snowshoeing and Tenkara in SE Minnesota
by Paul Tronnes
(Rochester, MN, USA)
Now my favorite winter sport
Snowshoeing and tenkara make for perfect winter recreation. The destination today was a favorite state park in SE Minnesota. My first season winter fly fishing, I love the tranquility and solitude--I had the park to myself. Today I found my groove. No hang-ups in the branches above. No tangled lines to replace. No snags or lost flies. Tenkara is perfect for winter fly fishing. No issues with iced up equipment. My casting felt on point. I found several nice holes. The rainbows were stacked up in water just a few feet wide. Cast after cast, I put my nymph on just the right spot. I landed 11, with many more hook ups that got off. The biggest was 14 inches. It felt like a lunker on a light rod. Took me several minutes to land it. My Tenkara Bum 36 handled it with ease even in the current. Thank you, Chris, for the outstanding service and information available on this site.
“The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten” – Benjamin Franklin
"Study to be quiet." - Izaak Walton 1653
"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
As age slows my pace, I will become more like the heron.
The hooks are sharp.
The coffee's hot.
The fish are slippery when wet.
Beware of the Dogma