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...

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Jun 07, 2015
No Vise Mini Kit
by: Chris Stewart

I usually try to throw in a little something extra with each order. Just after announcing the No Vise Challenge I made up some No Vise Mini Kits to send out. The last orders to be shipped before I left on vacation received them. I will try to send a No Vise Mini Kit with most orders during the challenge.

Jul 14, 2015
12 more
by: Sean Rooney

I've caught 12 more fish on this fly to date, mostly bluegills but several rock bass, one small smallmouth bass, and one small largemouth bass. It's barely holding together. I've been hoping for a northern pike, which are plentiful in my lake, but general don't eat insects much I think, so this is probably the wrong fly for them.

So about 20 total so far.

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