TenkaraBum No Vise Challenge - Old Hand
by Martin Powney
BKB and after repair. BG10
Tied a black killer bugger with #14 Orvis 122J, beadhead hook, 6/0 black thread to cover shank, Loctite brush-on to make sure materials do not twist. Marabou and the yarn, held on with copper ultra wire sm.
I should mention that I don't whip finish the wire, just lazy I guess, I wrap 6 times and break off.
Fished with my Suntech Field Master 39 for 3 hours in the afternoon on 3 small ponds in WV.
Caught 25 bluegills / red-ear sunfish 5-10" plus two LM Bass, biggest being 14".
At around fish number 18, the fly started to come apart. So I did some bank-side repairs, unwinding the wire, re-wrapping the yarn, re-winding the wire and trimming the end of the yarn. The repaired but slimmer fly caught another half dozen BGs and the smaller bass.
I used a ketchum release disgorger to remove the hook, which was just inside the month everytime. The clamps tend to damage the fly more I think but, they do make a useful vise!
I still have the fly, hoping to add to the score on trout in the mountains next week.
“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.
Beware of the Dogma