Welcome to the Midwest Tenkara Tribe
I have been fishing Tenkara now for about four years. I target smallmouth in flowing waters; the Fox (and some feeder creeks), Kankakee (and some feeder creeks), DuPage, Kishwaukee, Vermillion, Milwaukee, Sheboygan. It has been a superb journey. Still use the western rods for steelhead and carp, but that is real seasonal.
It has been really rewarding and I catch a lot of smallies. Mainly because I know how to read moving waters and know where fish should be - given time of year, water temps and conditions. I also have a particular way of fishing - wading and casting downstream only - never up, or up and across.
I average 20 fish per four hour outing. I say that not to go, "hey look at me, ain't I good," but that I am learning or understand the wwwww&h of smallmouth behavior in flowing waters and I am able to figure that out most days on the water. And, that Tenkara has really been more effective for my techniques than western style. I have come to view Tenkara limitations as advantages.
I'd be glad to share info with you if you wish. PM would probably be best. - Bob Long Jr, Chicago
Last edited by bossbob50; 02-03-2017 at 08:20 PM.