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Tenkara Trip Reports
I should have posted tenkara trip reports all along. These will not be nearly as formal as the rod reviews or the discussions on flies, but will be quick and dirty reports of what I tried - what worked and what didn't.
After just the second report, it has become obvious that this page will be much too long if all reports are published here. I will leave the original one here for now and just post links to more recent trip reports.
Looking at the list, it seems like I haven't been fishing much this year. I have been out, but for most trips there was really nothing much to write about.
Tenkara Trip Reports
November 22, 2020 - Back to a Killer Bug!
November 14, 2020 - Pro Square Level Line 360 and 390
September 25, 2020 - Honryu Tenkara, Take Two
September 18, 2020 - Nissin Pro Square Level Line Rod
September 6, 2020 - Tapered Leaders, more rods
August 23, 2020 - Tapered Leaders, Hollow Tipped Rods
January 17-18, 2020 - Yokohama Fishing Show
November 10, 2019 - Longer Line with Shorter Rod
November 3, 2019 - Honryu Tenkara, Take One
October 19, 2019 - Longer Line Tenkara
September 7, 2019 - Hi-vis /Clear Combo Line
August 25, 2019 - Spot Patterns / Hackled vs No-hackle Flies
August 11, 2019 - Keiryu, Spinning and Micro Fishing
August 10, 2019 - Nikko Sashi
July 28, 2019 - Seiryu Sunday
July 14, 2019 - Micro Day Became Micro Spoon Day
May 23, 2019 - Guided Trip on the Farmington
May 11, 2019 - Top Float Bluegills
January 6, 2019 - More Thoughts on Line Colors
December 14, 2018 - Fine Mode Nagare, Air Stage Medium
December 2, 2018 - Nylon Lines in Central Park
October 20, 2018 - Tactical Sighter as Tenkara Line / Tenryu Kebari
September 30, 2018 - Different Line Weights / Tenryu Kebari
Oni School 2018
Maine Vacation - 2018
Midwest Spoon Fest - Spoons at the Midwest Tenkara Fest
April 28, 2018 - You Have to go Exploring
March 22-24, 2018 - Sowbug Roundup Recap / Sculpins
February 28, 2018 - Central Park
January 20, 2018 - Seiryu Rod For Keiryu / Mop Crane Fly Larva
December 3, 2017 - At least it was nearby
October 14, 2017 - The Essence of Tenkara
Oni School 2017
August 13, 2017 - Any Method Species Challenge
Fly Fishing Fair - Spin Fishing in a Fly Fishing State
July 16, 2017 - Just One Good Photo. Please.
June 3-11, 2017 - Maine Vacation
April 22, 2017 - Cortland Mono and Ajing Jigs
December 11, 2016 - Crappies in Central Park
November 5, 2016 - Partridge & Orange (widebody)
October 30, 2016 - TenkaraBum Prototypes
October 2, 2016 - Plan B
September 25, 2016 - Fly Manipulation
September 17, 2016 - The Limits of Zero Fishing
September 10, 2016 - Egg and Flour Paste Bait / Zero Fishing
August 14, 2016 - A Tale of Two Fish and a Warning
July 24. 2016 - Ultralight Worm Fishing
July 3, 2016 - White Killer Bugger for Micros
June 25, 2016 - Minimal Dace on the Farmington
June 18-19, 2016 - Return to PA Private Club
May 29, 2016 - Simplifying Flies III - Minimal Dace Prototypes
May 21,22-2016 - Tenkara for Stripers
April 29-30, 2016 - PA Private Club
April 1, 2016 - NY Opening Day
March 18, 2016 - Overhand Worm 7, Overhand Egg 0
February 28, 2016 - The Downside of Fishing in Parks
December 12, 2015 - Heavy Clear Tippet as Tenkara Line.
November 7, 2015 - Second trip with TenkaraBum 36
October 25, 2015 - Many, many in Mass.
October 17, 2015 - Fishing the Overhand Worm
Micro Fishing Gear, Don't Leave Home Without It II - October 11, 2015
Micro Fishing Gear, Don't Leave Home Without It - October 4, 2015
September 26, 2015 - Simplifying Flies II
September 6, 2015 - Simplifying Flies
August 23, 2015 - Keiryu on the Farmington
August 9, 2015 - Blue ZPRO, Air Stage Hakubai, Simplified Chenille Worm
June 28, 2015 - Keiryu rods and rigs for bead head Black Killer Bugger
June 21, 2015 - Fish in featureless riffles, Blue ZPRO
Oni School 2015
January 4, 2015 - Squirmy Wormies with Seiryu Rods
December 27, 2014 - Lantern Fishing
December 26, 2014 - Coach's Green Goddess, small hooks for worm flies
December 21, 2014 - Shorter Worms, Smaller hooks
December 14, 2014 - Pink Chenille Worm with size 32 hook
November 30, 2014 - Nissin Royal Stage Tenkara Rods
November 16, 2014 - Thin Blue Line, Start of Winter Challenge
October 31, 2014 - Hiding Behind Rocks
October 26, 2014 - Why I Rarely Fish the Catskills
October 17, 2014 "Go Long"
September 28, 2014 - Are Most Catches Failed Spits?
Keiryu Trip September 26, 2014 - Field Master 44, Lots of Fish
Keiryu Trip September 19, 2014 -First Real Keiryu Trip, MANY MANY
September 1, 2014 - Let Them Eat Steak
August 1, 2014 - Suntech Suikei ZPRO, Second Trip
July 25, 2014 - Suntech Suikei ZPRO
July 20, 2014 - Daiwa Tryan Zero, 10X tippet
July 13, 2014 - Soft Rod and Light Keiryu Line for Micros
July 6, 2014 - Advantages of a Keiryu Rig For Bead Head Flies
June 29, 2014 - An Introduction to Micro Fishing
June 22, 2014 - Ten Species Day
May 10, 2014 - Fish the Parks
April 27, 2014 - Wild Fish (That No One Fishes For)
April 5-6, 2014 - Fly Tying Demo, Vertical Line Fishing
March 20, 2014 - Missouri Micros
March 8, 2014 - Long Rod, Light Line
February 23, 2014 - A Keiryu Rod Surprise
December 28, 2013 - Why I Don't Fish a Cast of 3 Flies
December 24, 2013 - Central Park Panfish
December 1, 2013 - Trout Like Bling!
November 17, 2013 - Kosasa 210, Yarn Bodied Soft Hackles
November 3, 2013 - Fishing a Fly Under an Indicator
October 27, 2013 - One Fish - It Was a Good Day
October 20, 2013 - A Field Master, Bluegills and Upside Down Bucktails
October 6, 2013 - Seiryu Sunday
September 21, 2013 - The Fish Got Away, The Rods Survived
September 15, 2013 - Waxworms and a New Rod
September 8, 2013 - Fishing Under a Tree, Red Spot Fly
September 1, 2013 - Warm Water Stream = Multi Species Day
August 25, 2013 - Two Micro Streams, Red Dishevled Fly
August 17, 2013 - Oni Rod
August 11, 2013 - First Black Nose Dace on a Fly
July 21, 2013 - Oikawa III, Minimal Fly, Rock or Fish?
July 14, 2013 - Active vs Passive Bait Fishing
July 7, 2013 - "Micro" Bullhead, Nissin Level Line 320
June 23, 2013 - Size 2 Kebari
June 16, 2013 - Big Kebari, Immediate Hits
May 5, 2013 - Long Collapsed Length Revelation
April 28, 2013 - Titanium Line, Nissin Air Stage Honryu
April 21, 2013 - Black, Blue and Bloody
April 14, 2013 - Blue Flies, Size 1.5 Line
April 7, 2013 - Blue Yarn Bodied DRY Flies
March 2, 2013 - Pro Spec, Zerosum
January 13, 2013 - Fishing Up, Fishing Down?
January 6, 2013 - White Killer Bugger
December 25, 2012 - Christmas Crappies, Bluegill on Cue
December 23, 2012 - Nissin SP - Soft Rod, Light Line
December 9, 2012 - Back to Bead Heads
December 1, 2012 - Birth of the Killer Bugger, Field Master, Sekkei M
November 25, 2012
Went to one of the few streams that is still open and relatively easy to get to via public transportation. The weather was in the low 40s with a breeze. When it gets much colder than that I stay home and tie flies.
As usual, I had a number of rods I wanted to fish with. I always have some rod/line combinations I want to test, and often have new rods I am trying to decide whether to carry on tenkarabum.com. (I don't remember the last time I went fishing with only one rod and wasn't evaluating something.)
I ended up catching three fish, had three long distance releases and missed one "bump" that was clearly a fish rather than a rock. All the fish were caught with a Killer Bug variation tied with a yarn I now call Tupps yarn rather than my usual Sand (for Killer Bugs) or Oyster (for Utah Killer Bugs). The bug was tied on a size 12 Daiichi 1560 nymph hook, with small red Ultra-wire for an underbody (also used to tie off the yarn). The Tupps yarn produces a bug that is much pinker than either the Sand or the Oyster (and would make a nice Tupps Indispensable).
"Tupps" Killer Bug
The first fish was caught on a Nissin 450 ZX 2-way rod that can be fished at a length of either 13'6" or 14'9", with a size 4 Hi-Vis fluorocarbon line. The rod is not available on the site now, but it might be in the future because I really like the rod. At the shorter length the bend characteristics are almost identical to a better known rod of that length that is often used for larger fish, but the Nissin also zooms to a longer length, which the other doesn't.
Nissin 2-Way 450 ZX
A little while later I got a pleasant surprise. By far, most of the fish in the stream are stocked, and the state stocks both browns and rainbows. There is some natural reproduction of browns, though, and any brown trout that is less that 9" is streambred. I caught the following fish and then had an LDR of what could have been his twin (probably was, come to think of it). This fish was caught with the Shimano Kozuka 30NT, which it turns out is a nice rod for nymphing, being just a bit stiffer than most tenkara rods. The line was the heavy Hand Tied Bi-Visible line.
Shimano Kozuka (since discontinued)
The last fish of the day was the best fish, not only was it the largest it also went airborne several times during the fight. (Plus, it came from a lie that almost always yields a fish, so it was almost like reconnecting with an old friend - though I doubt it felt quite the same way about it). It came on a rod I borrowed from Tom Davis at http://tetontenkara.blogspot.com/. The rod is a Daiwa SEKKEI 36M, which is also a great nymphing rod and has the added benefit of zooming, so it can be fished at a length of 3.2 meters (10'6") or 3.6 meters (11'10"). It's just enough stiffer than the Shimano that it might be a special purpose nymphing rod rather than a more all around rod. Nice rod, though, and it does have the advantage of zooming. Thanks Tom! Now I have to decide whether to carry them.
Daiwa Sekkei 36M
After releasing the fish I saw a couple fishermen just above me who were working their way downstream, so they had only very recently fished the water I would have gone to next. Plus I was getting stiff and cold and if I left right then I'd have time for a hot cup of coffee at the little diner next to the train station before the next train came. I decided to call it a day. Not a bad day for late November in these parts.
“The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten” - Benjamin Franklin
"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