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TenkaraBum Challenge - Bluegill
by Sean Rooney
My first Tenkara fish!
It's been a very long winter up here in the North (Upper Peninsula of Michigan). I bought a Kurenai 33 to console myself and tied about a dozen black Killer Buggers a during a blizzard a few weeks ago (yes, in May). I'd been out on the local rivers a couple times to cast but they are swollen with snowmelt so no fish.
Due to weather and my work schedule we were not able to open our cabin on Witch Lake until Memorial Day weekend. It's finally warm though and I just spent a glorious morning hour on my dock in T shirt and shorts with my coffee and new Tenkara rig. I counted 23 bluegills before my fly fell apart and the wind kicked up too strong for casting. My first successful Tenkara session!
I saw a nice smallmouth and some small northern pike and cast to them but they weren't interested in my size 12 fly. I do have a couple 6's and 18's because Chris very kindly sent me some extra hooks with the fly kit, so I'll try a bigger one tonight when it gets calm again.
Here are before and after fly photos and the smallest of today's fish. We call all the sunfish "bluegills" or "sunnies" up here, I don't know the specific species. The biggest one was about twice this size.
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“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.
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