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Old 12-31-2016, 02:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys, I am pretty new to CLF and fly fishing. I started out using a western fly rod with the reel an all about 2 years ago and loved it. The casting was a little difficult and having all that line out and floating around on the water was a bit annoying, especially in faster moving water. After looking for some information on how to better cast I came across Japanese fly fishing, Tenkara Fishing. It is a very simple way to fly fish. you have a long expandable rod anywhere from 10 to 20 feet long, A furled line and a simple fly. There is no reel and the rod is super flexible so even the smallest fish seem like a 4 or 5 pounder. I picked up a rod over the summer and ever since that first day pulling in an a 6 inch sunfish I have been hooked. I sold off most of my western fly equipment and went full Tenkara. If any of you have tried it I would like to find out your thoughts, techniques and any information you have.
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On really skinny streams I could see it being productive but around here I don't see the benefits. How much line do you have attached to your rod? I enjoy using a flyrod during certain times of the year on the river but consider myself a hack. Positioning yourself to make quality drifts thru an area is key, I'm content with a 40ft cast in most situations.
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I have used any where from a 7 ft rod with a 7 ft line and about 3 ft of tippet on the smaller creeks. On the Fox River I use an 18 ft rod with an 18 ft line and about 3 to 4 ft of tippet. I find this method much better than the western style simply because the castings so easy. It is just a flip it out and go, there is no line getting tangled up and going back an forth to get the line out.
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Old 02-03-2017, 09:16 PM   #4 (permalink)
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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

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