What a great morning I had tenkara fly fishing today. Easily the most productive and fun fishing trip I have had since starting this adventure 2+ years ago.
This year started out for me at a local pond before season started where I caught bluegill and sunfish along with my 1st small bass. I had tons of fun and started honing down on my cast and getting into a good feal for landing fish.
Then once season opened I migrated to my local creek where for the 1st time I felt like a real tenkara fisherman as I was catching rainbow trout in a small foothill mountain creek and felt really good about the season at that point.
Finally I said I needed to hit up a more fast moving river so had 2 hours this morning and dragged my wife to Bear River in Northern California before the crowds showed up. We arrived about 9:30 and I fished for about 1.5 hours and really had a great time catching trout after trout.
Easily this trip has been my most productive and although I did not count, I would guess I caught 6 to 7 trout landed in my net and 2 or 3 at feet before wiggling off my barbless hooks.
The best thing of all for me though is I used my newly tied Siberian Sakasa Kebari that I tried using my Siberian Huskies fur as dubbing and what do you know.... I caught trout and they loved it. hehehehe
The only slightly crappy part is the new Pentax under water camera I purchased earlier this year fogged up somehow, both on the lens and screen, which was very odd. We could not see as we took pictures and almost all have this haze to them. So sorry in advance for crappy pictures but happy that some turned out well enough to help tell my story.
My wife also snapped a few pictures of me working my Tenkara USA Ito rod with 13’ of 3.5# High Vis Level Line, 4’ 5X Tippet, and my Siberian Sakasa Kebari size 14 barbless scud style hook.
What a blast I had and today I even feel more like a real tenkara fly fisherman as I went out of my slow moving creek element I have grown used to and for the 1st time this year slapped on my hip waders and did some wading. I normally enjoy wet wading and don’t like the whole putting on full wader thing, although I have them in case I do one day. It just takes away from the simple aspect I like about tenkara so the less fuss and muss, and no special clothing to put on, I like to just get out and fish since I have limited time between real fishing trips.
But my Chota Hippies Waders are real easy to use and work very well so I felt at ease sticking them on and getting to fishing quickly.
I was hoping to land my 1st Brown Trout but today they were all rainbows, which is perfectly fine with me. The one at my feet that wiggled lose did seem darker and could have been a brown but not sure so we will call it a rainbow.
But what a blast I had today! I am so excited to have hit the river and did some real good tenkara fly fishing and casting today. I picked some seams between the faster waters and found my trout ready to gulp up my Siberian Sakasa Kebari. My casts were pretty good and a decent distance away to not scare off the fish. I was parallel with this seam and just kept working it. I also found my kebari preferred the 14’7” mode of the Ito and carried over the kebari real nice to the river. I would even say I landed the largest rainbow trout I have to date, I would say at least 10 inches, probably near a foot. I am too quick to get that back into the cool water and don't do the whole measuring thing.
Now I can relax the rest of this nice Sunday, feeling like a real tenkara flyfisherman and watch some boob tube, and get ready for a nice chicken dinner we will cook later tonight.
As ever, I am so thankful to god I have been allowed this small time to do some fishing today!
Getting some casts out there feeling good about the day.
The Siberian Sakasa Kebari, cold as ice, and the trout were thirsty for it today!
Hmmm, what do I have here in my net. Cool!
This was the biggie of the day, guessing between 9" to 12' in length.
This was the small frye of the day but still had nice fight in him.
Another of the mornings catches.
TJ heading home after a great morning fishing. I think you can see I am excited and had a great day and a few fish stories to tell my friends.