The fly fishing club I belong to in the Bay Area http://www.trivalleyflyfishers.org had an outing to the Sonora Pass area this weekend. I specifially bought my 12' Iwana for this trip and gave it its first run on the Middle Fork (MF) and Clark Fork (CF) of the Stanislaus.
I fished the MF in Kennedy Meadow for a couple of hours on Thursday. I used both my Iwana and my conventional 3 wt with dries. I had no success with the dries, but I hooked and landed four nice fish on the Iwana. Most were smallish resident trout about 6-8 inches, but one was a stocky 12" planter, which was pretty exciting on the Iwana. Later in the day I fished both rigs on the CF and had just the opposite result. The resident fish on the CF just crushed my elk hair caddis on the 3 wt, but I got no response to the tenkara flies. I just need to keep working on it.
It was a great trip. Excellent weather except for the smoke from the Yosemite fire. I posted a report in our club newsletter http://www.tri-valleyflyfishers.org/newsltr/SEP2011_Newsletter.pdf and more pictures on the the Clubhouse page of our club web site http://www.tri-valleyflyfishers.org/club_house.htm.
I learned a lot about working with the tenkara gear. Still more to learn. The CF required a lot of bushwacking, so I was retracting and deploying the Iwana between holes. Wrapping the line around the spool was little bit of a drag. I'd like to find some small brackets or hook keepers that i can attach to the first section of the rod to wrap up the line. I also think a belt or shoulder holster/holder for the retracted rod would be nice.
My first Tenkara trout: