Tenkara grayling in the UK

by Dave Southall
(Driffield, East Yorkshire, UK)

I bought my first Tenkara rod, a 12' Iwana in late November 2010, just as we started with the worst winter in over 30 years. My first 2 sessions were on a small stream in north east Yorkshire. The temperature was 10 degrees F, but no bother since there were no rod rings to freeze up & I could wear gloves since I had no line to manage. A size 14 scud tied with UV shrimp pink ice dub accounted for 8 grayling to 11" and a couple of out of season brown trout to 18". I was sold on the technique.

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Jul 16, 2011
Winter tenkara
by: TenkaraBum

Sounds like you had a great time despite the cold. No guides to freeze is definitely a major advantage of tenkara in the winter. Being able to wear gloves is nice, but if you have to take them off so frequently to unhook all those fish...

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