Saturday 14 January 2012 - River North Esk
I've got a couple of free hours so I'll head to the river to try out a few Sakasa Kebaris' that I tied the other evening. I tied them on a size 16 standard hook so we'll see how it performs. I'm using a 15 ft tapered fluorocarbon level line cast. I've used 5 ft - 20lb:5 ft - 15lb and 5 ft of 12lb. To the end of that I have attached 14lb of red power gum to act as a sight indicator then 2 -3 ft of 3lb tippet.
A 5 minute walk from the car takes me to a nice little pool with a good run at the head sweeping into a nice deep holding area. I caught my one and only grayling out of this pool back in November so I know the fish I'm after are in this pool.
The air temparature is 7 degrees are the are some small flies hovering about but no activity on the surface from any resident fish. I already have a tipppet made up with a weighted nymph so I decide to give this a try first.
Well I've tried for 15 minutes with the weighted nymph with no success so I change fly and try the Sakasak Kebari that I tied the other day. Wow... it looks (to me anyway) good on the water and its so simple to tie all I need is a grayling to engulf it and I'll be in heaven.
Not to worry I head upstream and fish the next run straight ahead.
I like fishing runs like this with the tenkara rod..its great fun and although I don't entice any fish to rise to my fly I notice that my fly casting with the tenkara rod and level line is improving all the time, so time out on the river is an investment for me in river craft and tenkara technique. You can't beat it ...you know what they say ..practice makes perfect..can't agree more.
I really like the look of this little pool. I've seen fish rising in here before (but not today) but never managed to catch one..well I've only fished it four or five times --but I'll keep persevering.
Hold on I see a rise at the tail of the pool. Yep, its a grayling with the tell tale bubble appearing in the middle of the rise circle. I cover it a number of times but no joy.
It'll get dark soon so I'll pack up now when the light is still good and head home. I've got plenty of time to catch the elusive grayling