East Branch of the Delaware River in Margaretville, N.Y., just upstream of Pepacton Reservoir. At long last, I fished my very own tenkara outfit — 12-foot collapsible rod, 13-foot braided line fixed to the tip. The day was great but the fishing was slow. I caught two average trout, the kind I would have been happy to catch on my 5-weight, and hooked a smallmouth that went at least two pounds. The limber rod handled the bass just fine. The fish broke the tippet only because I gave up too soon and tried to grab the line. Had I been patient enough to lead the bass to my net, I am certain I would have landed it — on 6X tippet.

In the tenkara spirit, I shed my vest. With no D-ring on my shirt, I hung my net from my wading belt. My net is the kind with a strip of fine, white mesh that acts as a seine you can use to see what critters are in the water. When I landed my second trout, there was an olive shrimp in the net, very similar to the Green Rockworm Czech nymph I was fishing. Interesting.

tenkara butttenkara netjoan wulffNo camera with us on this trip, so the photos here are from last spring — fishing a wild-trout stream in the lower Hudson Valley, and Joan Wulff — former distance casting champion Joan Wulff — trying out a tenkara on the Willowemoc Creek in front of the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum.

Here’s a video of my friend Chris Stewart hooking up, and here’s one of Joan with the tenkara rod. You can see her pretend to double haul.

One response to “Tenkara!

  1. Really great looking site. I like the pictures and video links!

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