First Fish on a Tenkara Rod

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First Fish on a Tenkara Rod

Postby rsetina » Mon Sep 14, 2009 7:41 pm

Today was the day I caught my first fish on my Ayu. I know it's not impressive but the creek was devoid of fish of any large stature. These little guys just wouldn't stay away from my fly. We're heading up the mountain tomorrow in search of bigger fish. Hopefully I can put the Ayu under a bit more stress.

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I caught this little wonder feeding on a purple thistle.

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I've read the posts discussing how delicate casting is the key to a good presentation, and I found out today just how delicate, delicate can be. I doesn't take much to put the fly were you want it even in a breeze. I think Tenkara will be an excellent addition to my fly casting rods. Definitely on small to medium creeks and streams.
Rick

テンカラ。小さなストリームのシンプルさ。
My Tenkara Rods:
13' Ayu, 12' Yamame, 11' with a conversion handle, and an Ito.

My Wife's Tenkara Rods:
12' Ebisu and 13.5' Amago, 12' Iwana with a conversion handle, and an Ito.
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Re: First Fish on a Tenkara Rod

Postby LMarshall » Mon Sep 14, 2009 8:50 pm

Beautiful photos, and fish, I've never seen brown trout with parr marks before!

edit: what part of the country were you fishing in?
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Re: First Fish on a Tenkara Rod

Postby rsetina » Mon Sep 14, 2009 9:09 pm

We are staying in Mammoth Lakes Ca and the McGee Creek is between here and Bishop CA. It flow onto Lake Crowley. It's not a big creek but there are times when big fish come up from the lake.
Rick

テンカラ。小さなストリームのシンプルさ。
My Tenkara Rods:
13' Ayu, 12' Yamame, 11' with a conversion handle, and an Ito.

My Wife's Tenkara Rods:
12' Ebisu and 13.5' Amago, 12' Iwana with a conversion handle, and an Ito.
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Re: First Fish on a Tenkara Rod

Postby CM_Stewart » Tue Sep 15, 2009 4:33 am

Pretty fish! (And in my book, a four inch wild trout is still a wild trout!) I think you'll find before long that larger fish won't stay away from your fly, either.
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Re: First Fish on a Tenkara Rod

Postby rsetina » Tue Sep 15, 2009 8:26 pm

Thanks for the replies. We are having a great time up here. We fished Box Lake today in float tubes. We had to backpack them in 1.5 miles but the trail was very easy, though by the time we got back to the car we were pretty tired and hungry. I caught 15 to 20 fish and Sherry got 2 with 6 or 7 hits that didn't hook up. On the way to shore she hooked one that took the midge dropper. Damn knots. I'll let the pictures tell the rest of the story.

Ready to hit the trail.
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Sherry on the trail. I thought for sure God was with her today and she was going to kick my butt! :lol:
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Rick on the trail.
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This was the prettiest Brookie I caught today. The fire orange belly was beautiful.
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The black mouth was unusual. I don't remember seeing that on a brook trout before.
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Two more pretty brook trout.
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Most of my fish were caught on my Tenkara Ayu 13 foot rod. That rod is allot of fun to fish with.
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Sherry's two fish. The second one still qualifies her for the smallest fish trophy.
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Hope you enjoyed the pictures. Until tomorrows report! Have a good night!
Rick

テンカラ。小さなストリームのシンプルさ。
My Tenkara Rods:
13' Ayu, 12' Yamame, 11' with a conversion handle, and an Ito.

My Wife's Tenkara Rods:
12' Ebisu and 13.5' Amago, 12' Iwana with a conversion handle, and an Ito.
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Re: First Fish on a Tenkara Rod

Postby LMarshall » Tue Sep 15, 2009 9:38 pm

Awesome!!

Brook trout sure are pretty, probably my favorite fish to catch, partly for that reason. I know they've been stocked extensively out west, but I identify them so strongly with the landscape out here on the east coast that it's a little striking to see them out in CA.

Any thoughts on 12' vs. 13' rods?
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Re: First Fish on a Tenkara Rod

Postby rsetina » Tue Sep 15, 2009 10:55 pm

Thanks for your reply. I have only fished the Ayu. The 12 foot Ebisu belongs to my wife Sherry and she's kinda particular about who fishes her rods. LOL. I should try hers for comparison. They are both 6:4 rods and i would think the foot length wouldn't make too much difference but I could be wrong. If I fish hers tomorrow I'll post what I think about any differences.
Rick

テンカラ。小さなストリームのシンプルさ。
My Tenkara Rods:
13' Ayu, 12' Yamame, 11' with a conversion handle, and an Ito.

My Wife's Tenkara Rods:
12' Ebisu and 13.5' Amago, 12' Iwana with a conversion handle, and an Ito.
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Re: First Fish on a Tenkara Rod

Postby gentleshepherd » Wed Sep 16, 2009 6:52 am

Can you show us a pic of your dropper rig?
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Re: First Fish on a Tenkara Rod

Postby rsetina » Wed Sep 16, 2009 7:58 pm

gentleshepherd wrote:Can you show us a pic of your dropper rig?


Sherry was fishing a standard FF rod with a wooley bugger and dropper when she lost the last fish. I used the Tenkara rod most of the time with a black midge. 12 or 13 fish were caught on my Tenkara rod with that fly. I think a dropper rig would be too hard to cast with a Tenkara rod.

Today Sherry got her first fish on her Tenkara Rod on the San Joaquin River near The Devil's Post Pile in Mammoth Lakes Ca. She was so excited! Just another good day on the water.

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Rick

テンカラ。小さなストリームのシンプルさ。
My Tenkara Rods:
13' Ayu, 12' Yamame, 11' with a conversion handle, and an Ito.

My Wife's Tenkara Rods:
12' Ebisu and 13.5' Amago, 12' Iwana with a conversion handle, and an Ito.
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Re: First Fish on a Tenkara Rod

Postby grampa » Wed Sep 16, 2009 8:36 pm

Great photos, Rick! Thanks for sharing your trip with us!

You live in La Crescenta, I see. I live down in La Mirada, a bit south from you on the 5. Maybe after the road gets opened again, we should go see if the East Fork of the San Gabriel to try tenkara on its trout!
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