TenkaraBum No Vise Challenge - Old Hand
by Sean Rooney
(Marquette, Upper Peninsula of Michigan)
TenkaraBum™ No Vise Mini Kit
Daiichi 1150 #12
UNI-Thread 6/0 Black
India Hen Back Feather
I was trying out my new Suntech Keiryu Sawanobori 63 and there was a major hatch on the lake. After catching about a dozen big bluegills on a popper I switched to my No Vise Kebari made from the Mini Kit that Chris sent me.
Since they were hitting surface bugs I put on about 12 feet of #3 level line and 3 feet of 5x tippet and used a dapping technique, bouncing the fly on the water and then holding it at the surface. Sometimes Tenkara can be dapping! I got some explosive hits from the small fish and the tiniest trout like sips from the big bluegills. About a quarter of them sucked the fly all the way inside.
I then switched over to letting the fly sink a bit and pulsing it and got about half as many hits, all from the smallest fish in the school.
So far I've caught 8 fish on this fly. I didn't photograph all of them. They ranged in size from 3 to 8 inches, all bluegills of varying colors.
My next no vise fly is going to be a big dry fly, maybe using foam...
“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.
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