TenkaraBum No Vise Challenge - First Timer
by Roy Davison
I used a cheap dry fly hook (I don't know the company, but it's some cheap Chinese made stuff) For materials I used the same brown sewing thread as I did on my other entry, a tiny bit of yarn that I separated from a larger tan piece, a thin partridge hackle from a bag, and a clump of deer hair from a rug in the garage. I made 6 of these Deer Hair Caddis a couple weeks ago before a family trip to the eastern Sierras, and the one pictured was the best. I was able go catch 12 small wild Brook trout and a Brown trout on this fly before losing it to a bundle of twigs on the opposite side of the creek I had caught the Brown out of. Although I landed only 13 trout on this fly, I missed about 20 trout with it (those small wild trout are VERY quick at realizing it's not real food). Wish I had more pictures, but immediately after taking the picture of the Brook trout you see here, I dropped my new phone straight into the creek, luckily my cousin was there to have it out in less than two seconds. My phone survived unscathed, but I was left too scared to do it again.
“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