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    Default Tenkara (sort of) for coarse

    I had my first attempt at Tenkara today.

    Not wanting to commit to buying the gear without trying it first I improvised a bit.

    I tied a tenkara style line of my own devising. I started with a short loop of elastic, tied that to 2' of #1 fly line, then 5' of 25lb mono, ending in 3' of 2lb tippet.

    I tied the elastic on to the top eye of a 9' rod (the longest I had to hand). What a traditional Japanese fisherman would have made of this I hate to think, but it worked.

    Tenkara (sort of) for coarse-tenk-jpg

    My fly choice was limited as I had only a very basic kit with me (I had actually set out to go elderberry picking). I had plenty of fish (Bleak, Dace and small Chub) inspect the fly, but not take it, but only managed to get three to hand.

    It was enough to prove to me that the technique can work on the slow moving streams and rivers near here, and definitely enough to give me an excuse to splash out on the proper gear.

    I can't resist finishing with a photo of how different where I fish is, to the pristine hill streams where tenkara originated.
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    Default Re: Tenkara (sort of) for coarse

    I was back down at the river today, but this time I had small black Klinkhammer with me.

    I caught a lot more fish, and some were a bit larger:Tenkara (sort of) for coarse-tenk4-jpg

    I had a thoroughly enjoyable half hour session, which is good news as I placed my order for a tenkara rod last night.

    I still got a lot of last second refusals, so I will continue to experiment with different flies (there was no obvious hatch).

    Fun fact, This fish was caught directly under the M1 motorway.
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    Default Re: Tenkara (sort of) for coarse

    I love reading about improvised and home made gear, and starting to really enjoy coarse fishing, but yet to try it on the fly. Keep posting please.

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    Default Re: Tenkara (sort of) for coarse

    I know zero about tenkara fishing what's the appeal to it over a fly rod set up.?

    Cheers Al

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    Default Re: Tenkara (sort of) for coarse

    Quote Originally Posted by speytime View Post
    I know zero about tenkara fishing what's the appeal to it over a fly rod set up.?

    Cheers Al
    For me it is the simplicity of the gear.

    I fish on my lunch break and have a 10 minute bike ride to the river. This means that the gear must be transportable by bike and must be quick to set up.

    My theory is that a telescopic rod, with a clip on line (once I create this), will give me maximum time on the river.

    I realise that setting up a traditional fly rod an reel doesn't take an age, but every second counts.

    I'll be testing the theory as soon as my rod turns up!

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    Default Re: Tenkara (sort of) for coarse

    Quote Originally Posted by jerryrum View Post
    For me it is the simplicity of the gear.

    I fish on my lunch break and have a 10 minute bike ride to the river. This means that the gear must be transportable by bike and must be quick to set up.

    My theory is that a telescopic rod, with a clip on line (once I create this), will give me maximum time on the river.

    I realise that setting up a traditional fly rod an reel doesn't take an age, but every second counts.

    I'll be testing the theory as soon as my rod turns up!
    I understand that the time it takes to set up is too long when you only have an hour, fishing on your lunch break now that's dedication.

    Al

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    Default Re: Tenkara (sort of) for coarse

    So, about 10 minutes after post the above, I received an email from the post room saying my parcel had arrived:

    Tenkara (sort of) for coarse-tenk-rod-jpg

    As soon as lunchtime came around I jumped on my bike and headed for the river.

    The rod, at around 28" is just too big for the holder currently on my bike, but it didn't stick out much.

    Once at the river I tied on the same line I had been using last week (with Klinkhammer still attached). The wind is up today and my first few casts fell foul of this and spooked the first shoal I'd seen. Fortunately these fish barely ever see a rod, never mind an artificial fly, so by the time I worked out how to make a half decent tenkara cast, they were back.

    It only took a few minutes before I'd landed my first ever tenkara rod caught fish.
    Tenkara (sort of) for coarse-tenk-rod-2-jpg

    I caught a couple more in the same spot before deciding to head in to the trees. There is a 'pool' on the river where I had often seen fish, but due, to the tree cover and a mat of weed on the nearside bank, had never managed to cast to.

    I decided to see if the tenkara rod would let me reach these fish, short version of the story, it did. The reach of the rod 3.6m (just shy of 12'), allowed me to get out over the weeds, with a bow and arrow cast, to the faster flowing water beyond.
    Tenkara (sort of) for coarse-tenk-rod-3-jpg

    A couple of more fish came to hand before I lost my fly in a branch and had to head back to the office.
    Last edited by jerryrum; 28-08-2019 at 12:59 PM.

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    Default Re: Tenkara (sort of) for coarse

    I was back in my native North Yorkshire this weekend and managed to get a few hours on the river.

    I couldn't resist taking the tenkara set up to show my dad. I struggled with casting on the larger river, and even reverted back to my standard fly rod for a while, but once I'd had a few fish on that (and was confident they were biting), I went back to the tenkara.

    At first I fished deep and heavy with tungsten bead GRHE, in a euro-nymphing style, and after a bit of perseverance managed to land a decent Grayling:
    Tenkara (sort of) for coarse-g1-jpg

    I was hoping for a trout, and had seen some rises, so I tied on a Klinkhammer and moved to a smoother patch of river. I struggled to cast accurately with the tenkara rod (this is probably down to my improvised line), but using a bow and arrow cast managed to land the fly just upstream of a rising fish.

    I have to say I was quite surprised when I got it to the net and it was a Grayling, not a Trout.

    Tenkara (sort of) for coarse-g2-jpg

    This was not a one off fluke, ten minutes or so later I took another Grayling on the surface.

    So my £16 (delivered) tenkara rod from China has now taken a good variety of species, from several different rivers. Well worth the cost.

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    Default Re: Tenkara (sort of) for coarse

    Bearing in mind that I only paid £16 for the rod, I don't really want to spend the same (or more) on a 'proper' tenkara line.

    After my Northern fishing exploits I was in a hurry to get home so just wrapped the 25lb mono line around the collapsed rod and chucked it in the boot.

    Big mistake:
    Tenkara (sort of) for coarse-line-jpg

    I couldn't keep using the mono, so I decided to experiment with different lines, and now I have learnt you can't use lure fishing braid for tenkara.

    It is difficult to see and impossible to cast. After two hours I caught one small Chub, using a bow and arrow cast, but I'll definitely be changing the line again before my next trip to the river.
    Last edited by jerryrum; 17-09-2019 at 08:03 AM.

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    Default Re: Tenkara (sort of) for coarse

    Get some hi viz fluoro from Esoteric tackle.

    I get mine from Tenkarabum in the USA, but more UK outlets are now selling it.
    There is a fine line between the angler and madness

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