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Tenkara vs. Fly Fishing

by Jimi Fly
(Warrensburg, MO)

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jimi fly

It's no contest.
There is no question.

If you are using a fly, it is fly fishing........even if you're dapping or high sticking. If you're using bait, it's bait fishing..........even if its a fly rod or a tenkara rod or a tanago rod. Bait fishing is bait fishing regardless of the rod you are using and in turn fly fishing is fly fishing even if you are using a giant Walmart crappie pole and simply dapping. If you are using bait or a fly and no pole it is hand line fishing. If you are using an actual dead or alive fly on any kind of pole then I will assume you are using bait thereby you are bait fishing. I am a fly fisherman even when I am using a 7 foot rod because I tied that fly that is going to catch those fish.

If you are using a hook with nothing on it, well that is a whole different debate.

Jimi Fly

P.S. If you are using a Blue Fly well then you must know Chris and I bet you are catching fish!

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"Be sure in casting, that your fly fall first into the water, for if the line fall first, it scares or frightens the fish..." -
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