TenkaraBum Challenge - Yellow Perch

by Chris Stewart
(New York City)

Yellow Perch

Yellow Perch

You hear stories of fly fishermen catching fish as they are reeling in their line, with the fly hanging in the current directly below them.

This little perch was caught after I had collapsed the rod, taken off the line, and was coiling the line to put it away. All of a sudden there was a fish on the line! I didn't even know there were perch in that stream!

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Aug 16, 2014
Line off - fish on!
by: Adam B

I had a similar experience last week. I was wading in a small stream and inadvertently cast my line off (my bad - didn't cinch it down tight enough on the lilian), but was able to grab it before it got too far downstream. I let the fly (a UKB) dangle below me while reattaching the line, and a resident Cutthroat managed to hit it and hook itself - had to hand-line it in as I wasn't tied back up yet.

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