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First Lake Rainbow Trout

PostPosted: Mon Sep 06, 2010 5:08 pm
by rsetina
I called a friend and told him I'd be fishing a local lake today and though the fishing was slow we managed a few fish. It was so slow I decided to take out the Ayu and give it a try, thinking it couldn't hurt and may be more productive.

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The fish were rising on the lake taking very small, size 26 to 32 hook size, midges. I had a parachute emerger in my box and tied it on the end of the new 13 foot furled leader. On the 3rd cast near to where I had just seen a fish rise I was rewarded with a nice 13 inch rainbow. It made my day! The bend in the rod was incredible. I had no problem landing him with a net despite the length of the leader.

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I missed a couple of takes after landing this one. I'd caught some small brook trout on passed trips but nothing over 6 inches. It was nice to catch a bigger fish on a slow day fishing.

Re: First Lake Rainbow Trout

PostPosted: Mon Sep 06, 2010 6:12 pm
by troutrageous1
Very nice, congrats! Looks like it was a beautiful day to be on the lake.

Noticed in your rod pic you've got one of those hook keepers attached. Are you using it as an actual hook keeper, or as line storage (didn't see the second keeper for the latter scenario). Just curious, I have a few spinning rods I use those hook keepers on, but never thought to use one on my tenkara rod as a hook keeper, probably due to the length of the rod/line.

Re: First Lake Rainbow Trout

PostPosted: Mon Sep 06, 2010 7:56 pm
by rsetina
Thanks! It was a very nice day to be on the lake. The rod keeper is the one I just haven't taken off yet. I decided the blue spool is the best way to store the line.

Re: First Lake Rainbow Trout

PostPosted: Tue Sep 07, 2010 2:09 am
by wrknapp
I use the hook keepers all the time now and plan to buy more for all my tenkara rods and other telescoping poles. I have found three things helpful that make my hook keepers an almost indespensible feature. First, I put a small snap swivel or plain swivel (you need a snap swivel for furled lines) between the line and a loop of braided dacron that attaches to the lillian. This keeps the line from twisting while wrapping it onto the hook keepers and also helps to keep the line from twisting while fishing. Second, I put on the smallest o-rings I can to attach the hook keepers to the rod. This keeps them tight on the rod so the wound on line doesn't slide off one or the other end. Those o-rings can be purchased in multiple sizes at most hardware stores including Home Depot and Lowes. Third, I put an independent o-ring between the hook keepers on the rod. This can be slid or rolled up and down and is necessary as an actual hook keeper for your fly. This is so much faster and easier than using the blue line storing spool. If tight enough the hook keepers hold the line on even inside the rod sock and tube. I have two rods always ready to fish this way with line and fly attached.
Randy

Re: First Lake Rainbow Trout

PostPosted: Tue Sep 07, 2010 1:23 pm
by goneflyfishing
wrknapp wrote: First, I put a small snap swivel or plain swivel (you need a snap swivel for furled lines) between the line and a loop of braided dacron that attaches to the lillian. This keeps the line from twisting while wrapping it onto the hook keepers and also helps to keep the line from twisting while fishing.


Randy - I use the hook keepers as well and the trick to wind the line and not twist it is to wind the line in a figure eight, not round'n'round. I read this on a related forum (I can't take credit) which was also comparing it to winding the electrical cord on a vacuum cleaner.

Tight Lines, -K

Re: First Lake Rainbow Trout

PostPosted: Tue Sep 07, 2010 1:33 pm
by wrknapp
I'll try the figure 8 wrap. Thanks.

Randy

Re: First Lake Rainbow Trout

PostPosted: Fri Sep 10, 2010 8:49 pm
by rsetina
goneflyfishing wrote:
wrknapp wrote: First, I put a small snap swivel or plain swivel (you need a snap swivel for furled lines) between the line and a loop of braided dacron that attaches to the lillian. This keeps the line from twisting while wrapping it onto the hook keepers and also helps to keep the line from twisting while fishing.


Randy - I use the hook keepers as well and the trick to wind the line and not twist it is to wind the line in a figure eight, not round'n'round. I read this on a related forum (I can't take credit) which was also comparing it to winding the electrical cord on a vacuum cleaner.

Tight Lines, -K


Oh, that may make me rethink the hook keepers. If the line came off the hook as I was getting ready to fish again it made a mess. One time it took me and Sherry about 5 minute to undo a tangle. Thanks for the K.

Re: First Lake Rainbow Trout

PostPosted: Fri Sep 10, 2010 9:01 pm
by goneflyfishing
I had never a tangle when the line came off - it actually "coils" off nicely if you don't wrap it too tight. Don't collapse the hook keepers though, just start unwinding. I think the collapsing of the hook keeper actually might cause a massive mess.

My 2 cents for tonight. Heading up to the mountains for two days of hunting Greenbacks.

Tight Lines, -K