TenkaraBum No Vise Challenge - Old Hand
by Matt Shipp
(River Falls, WI, USA)
Hook: Owner Size 8 Eyeless Keiryu Hook
Thread: Gutermann Silk Thread or Pearsall's Primrose Yellow
Hackle: Ginger Rooster Hackle
Dubbing: Zenmai (aka some fuzz I picked off a fern)
Eye: Red Griffin silk bead cord #2
Finished with a couple of half hitches and a drop of crazy glue.
This fly caught three brook trout and a brown all of which were in the 8-10" range. Sadly, I lost my fly box this season at some point with this fly in it. I've been tying and fishing this pattern in a variety of sizes and colors almost exclusively this year and it has been a lot of fun. I suppose someone will find my box, open it up and think...what are those crazy looking things?
“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