TenkaraBum.com is located in
New York City, which is essentially locked down.
Package pickup has
been suspended. My neighborhood post office is closed. I go outside as little as possible because I am in an "at risk" group.
TenkaraBum.com is still open, for now. Next shipments tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, April 8 (rain in the forecast).
Most international flights have been cancelled, so there is no ETA for out-of-stock items that come from Japan.
Wide Eye hooks for full throttle Fishing!
by Les Albjerg
Jump Creek Falls
I tied up some Utah Killer Bugs and bead weighted worms on the SBL 35 Wide Eye hooks. These are well made, strong, thin wired hooks that catch fish. I had lots of nibbles with the other hooks, but only landed fish using the Wide Eye hooks. Jump Creek where I fished is a high desert stream with a few holes that have red-band rainbow trout. I had a five fish day. The big one was 6 inches, the others were 3-4 inches. I also enjoyed my Suntech GM Suikei Keiryu Special 44. I was able to work the pool at 44, 40, and 36. I was using a level size 3 line and a 6x tippet. I love my new Suntech rod! I could really feel the fish nibbling the flies. This pool doesn't get fished much because it is a swimming hole in the summer. It is the closest place I can go to fish for wild trout from my house. It was nice to fish on a stream again, rather than a pond. It was amazing the difference in using a light wire hook vs a standard hook. If you haven't given the Wide eye hooks a try, you ought to. I am also amazed how the Suntech GM Suikei Keiryu performs. I like it at all lengths. It casts different at all three lengths, but it is accurate at all three lengths. I can cast it at all three one handed, but at 44 going to a two handed cast it seems feather like. A couple of guys came along after Frankie and I got back to the car, and I was able to show off my rod (or is it a pole?). They saw me in my fishing gear, but didn't see my rod. When I took the Suntech out of the sleeve, and extended it 14 plus feet their eyes got big. I then handed it to them and they were astonished at how light it is. They were impressed and I wrote down the TB website for them to look up. Maybe my Tenkara evangelism is beginning to work.
“The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten” – Benjamin Franklin
"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