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TenkaraBum Challenge - Bluegill Sunfish

by Levi Cain
(Blanchard, OK, USA)

Size 18 Black Killer Bugger

Size 18 Black Killer Bugger

As soon as I received my Black Killer Bugger yarn and marabou tail I tied up three flies of various sizes and headed out to a local creek east of town. My primary targets this first outing were Bluegill, Longear Sunfish and Largemouth Bass. Three easy targets that I had a feeling I should be able to knock out so long as the water conditions were good.

When I arrived I was fearful that the recent storms we experienced might have raised the water level and really caused the water to become turbid with or red sandy soil. But to my surprise it looked better then I have seen it in a long time. The water was clear and there were bass and sunfish swimming all around the place and didn't seem to be bothered by my presence at all.

So I made haste and tied on a size 18 Black Killer Bugger fly and got to work. Using my 13' 5:5 Ayu by TenkaraUSA, by my third cast I had a fish on. And as soon as I could see it take my fly my heart started to race with excitement because I knew I was about to be on the board. And sure enough when I landed him after letting him tire out. I had a nicely colored up Bluegill Sunfish. A fish that I usually hate to see at the end of my line. However this time it was different and I felt like I had caught a new lifer. Even though it was probably like my thousandth bluegill.

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