TenkaraBum Challenge - Sand Shiner
by Levi Cain
(Blanchard, OK, USA)
Size 30 Black Killer Bugger
Well I woke to a thunderstorm this morning which completely changed my plans of targeting gar, buffalo, carpsuckers, and catfish on the Black Killer Bugger Fly. So I stayed inside most the day and tied a few flies. But come around 3 or 4 o'clock I couldn't stand to be in the house any longer and decided to go to the park here in town to try and catch a Western Mosquitofish. Except this time instead of using a 13' tenkara rod I figured I could try out my 4' Miyako rod.
After digging around the house I found what I hoped would make a good casting line. A spool of 80lb braided line (0.018” thickness). I cut off about 4' and figured out how to make the loop to attach it to the lillian of my rod. Then made a knot at the other end of the line and attached about 2' of 8x tippet along with a size 30 Black Killer Bugger fly.
When I arrived at the creek it was not to murky or high due to the rains earlier that day. But there was a slight wind present. And thankfully there were not very many people at the park either. Because I sure did feel silly and I could only imagine what I must have looked like. Trying to fly fish with a four foot rod in a creek that could be stepped over. Yeah I got looks.
Needless to say, I only landed one fish, a Sand Shiner. And got skunked by the mosquitofish which completely surprised me, considering they have become somewhat like bluegill when micro fishing. You always seem to catch one.
“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
The hooks are sharp.
The coffee's hot.
The fish are slippery when wet.
Beware of the Dogma