I am sure many of you are saying do I need another rod in my arsenal, yes you do. I have taken up the Tenkara Style of fishing and it sure is fun. Simplicity is the best way to describe this style of fishing. All you need is a good graphite rod from one of the Tenkara USA, I use the Iwana and Ito rods, various lengths of 8 to 20 pound fluorocarbon material for the base of the leader, 2 and 4 pound fluorocarbon fishing line for the finishing leader, and some 2mm tippet rings. Mount the leader base to the rod via the Girth Hitch connection, a 6 to 8 foot section is good. Add some 4 pound fluoro by loop to loop to the base, tie on a tippet ring with a Davy Knot. Now add to sections of the 2 pound fluoro to the tippet ring, one about 3 foot long and another about 6 foot long with Davy Knot’s. On the shorter tippet tie on a smaller fly of your choice, I prefer a Tenkara style soft hackle. On the longer tippet tie on a heavy Czech style nymph for getting things to the bottom quickly. This system works well in slow deep pools as well as shallow fast riffles. The possibilities are endless on how you can fish with Tenkara.
For dry fly fishing you will need a furled leader in a 10 foot length, add about 3 to 5 feet of 2 pound fluoro tippet with a loop to loop connection and any dry fly of your choice. With all the length on these rods it makes high sticking very easy.
One more thought on Tenkara style fishing. When your lines are freezing in your guides on those cold weather trips, no problem when using a Tenkara rod. Things that make you go hmmmmm!!
Today being CYBER MONDAY is the start of a very popular trip special pricing we did last year. Starting today and running through March 10th, you can float the South Holston or Watauga Tailwater going after those big trophy fish that these two tailwaters are known for. We use articulated streamers and a few other techniques that should put you on some nice fish. The pricing is $250 for one or two persons on a 6 hour float with a lite lunch (wife’s homemade soups), flies and equipment provided, you can use yours if you prefer.
Here are some from last year.
Don’t forget to get your gift certificates for the fisher-persons on your gift list. You can get one for a full trip or any amount needed that can be applied towards a trip.
Have a great week and enjoy all those turkey leftovers.
Our winter fishing is really kicking into high gear, we are seeing plenty of big browns all over the rivers, and they are willing to play well with us. We also have been fishing with success for the spawning rainbows the past week. They are taking many patterns, no real particular pattern has emerged to be the front runner. We can sight fish to these bigger fish and we just keep changing flies until they react. The “Peachy” would probably be the best this past week, if you have fished with me then you know which fly we are using.
We have a river in East Tennessee that gets a bunch of spawning rainbows that we can fish to all winter long. These big guys are all in the shallow runs and they fight hard with drag pulling runs and heavy head shakes. If you want to go fish this special place give me a call and lets get you hooked up on them.
The South Holston and Watauga Tailwaters can be very special places during the winter and the fishing is at its best because the heavy pressure these rivers see during the warmer months is non-existent. Let us put you on one of these beautiful rivers.
Well not only did the true time change take place this past weekend, but the rivers are going through big changes this time of year. The browns are moving all over the South Holston and Watauga getting ready for the spawn, we are having good success fishing for them. The generation schedules have changed as well giving us the opportunity to fish for them several ways.
The time is now to think about buying a gift certificate for that fisher person for Christmas. We have many types available to fit your needs. Half-day, full-day, wade, or float. We even can do just a specific dollar amount that they can apply to a trip. Even our dog, Miss Effie is getting into the spirit.
The WINTER FLOAT SPECIALS are soon in effect. Starting November 28th through March 9th, I will be doing six (6) hour floats with a lite lunch, the price is $250 for one or two persons. We had a good time on these last year with plenty of nice fish caught so don’t miss out on this opportunity.
The WNC Fly Fishing Expo was a great success for me, I thank everyone who stopped by to talk and look forward to getting you out on the water for your trips. The next show I will be attending will be The Great Southern Fishing Show in Atlanta, GA. The dates are January 21st and 22nd. Looking forward to seeing everyone there.
Give me a call or email and get your gift certificates, winter trip special or just talk fishing.