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Forum: The Tenkara Forum Threads 11-10-2014, 09:52 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 538
Posted By CM_Stewart
Re: Is tenkara replacing your western style fly fishing?

I have been fly fishing for 50 years, give or take. Probably 99% of it has been on small streams. I've never had a fish take me to the backing.

I learned about tenkara a few years ago, tried it,...
Forum: Coldwater Fly Fishing 06-22-2014, 10:39 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 360
Posted By CM_Stewart
Re: Tanago

Nah, catching them by accident doesn't count.

Satinfin shiner caught sightfishing, with 13 ft, 1.5 oz...
Forum: Coldwater Fly Fishing 06-21-2014, 09:42 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 360
Posted By CM_Stewart
Re: Tanago

Love it!

Going after the little guys can be addictive.
Forum: General Discussion 06-16-2014, 07:12 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,652
Posted By CM_Stewart
Re: Is Tenkara a fad?

Ah, FINALLY someone who considers the loop rod worthy of discussion! I became interested in loop rods probably about 7 years ago, and could find very little information about them. I really wanted to...
Forum: The Tenkara Forum Threads 04-24-2014, 08:19 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 973
Posted By CM_Stewart
Re: Tenkara vs. Cane Pole?.......

There are three main differences between a tenkara rod and your cane pole.
1) A tenkara rod weighs 2-3 ounces and your cane pole probably weighs 8-12 ounces. Most collapse to less than 2' vs a cane...
Forum: The Tenkara Forum Threads 04-03-2014, 07:31 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 584
Posted By CM_Stewart
Re: Fly sizes, larger fish, and small tippets

You will be fine with a size 10 popper. I fish flies up to a size 6 (although mostly wet flies rather than poppers). With LMB, you'll get a lot of abrasion from their teeth. I'd go to a 4 lb test...
Forum: The Tenkara Forum Threads 01-09-2014, 10:21 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,012
Posted By CM_Stewart
Re: Which Rod?

It is hard to give you a recommendation without getting a bit more information, particularly on the trout fishing. A suitable rod for 6" fish in the Montana headwaters is one thing and a suitable rod...
Forum: The Tenkara Forum Threads 11-23-2013, 09:43 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,011
Posted By CM_Stewart
Re: Tenkara? Is it worth a try? Even tho.....

The 11' Iwana has been discontinued but there are few of other rods that fill the exact same niche. pszy22 sells a couple on his Fountainhead Tenkara website, and I sell a couple on my TenkaraBum...
Forum: Flies 07-11-2013, 06:42 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 539
Posted By CM_Stewart
Re: Tenkara eyeless flies, where to buy?

There is an Anthony Naples Loop Eye Kebari that is occasionally available on but they are often out of stock.
Forum: The Tenkara Forum Threads 07-08-2013, 08:41 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 520
Posted By CM_Stewart
Re: Old or New ?

There are some bloggers who write about tenkara but who have no financial interest in whether the method lives or dies. In your neck of the wooks, take a look at Teton Tenkara...
Forum: The Tenkara Forum Threads 04-05-2013, 06:45 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,684
Posted By CM_Stewart
Re: Fountainhead or Tenkara USA

Casting is not the problem. Nissin makes a 6'6" rod that casts beautifully. The problem is that with a shorter rod you pretty much have to fish a shorter line. Otherwise, more of your line will be on...
Forum: The Tenkara Forum Threads 04-04-2013, 08:12 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 822
Posted By CM_Stewart
Re: tenkara questions

A ten foot rod is already on the short side and you don't have many choices if you want to go even shorter.

It is possible to collapse the bottom section to make a shorter rod. If you do so, I...
Forum: Fly Rods 03-01-2013, 07:09 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,677
Posted By CM_Stewart
Re: Recommendations for a 1 wt.

You're right. It has tenkara written all over it. You won't be able to fish it better with a rod and reel, no matter how light.
Forum: Fly Lines 12-31-2011, 07:06 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 831
Posted By CM_Stewart
Re: Tenkara line + leader

Happy New Year!

Getting a tenkara line to turn over and casting in the wind are two different issues.

The 10.5' traditional line from Tenkara USA casts well on the 12' Iwana, so if you are...
Forum: Coldwater Fly Fishing 10-18-2011, 09:40 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 688
Posted By CM_Stewart
Re: Tenkara What???

What you're missing, and what is new (at least new to the US) is that the rod is specifically designed to cast a very light line - lighter than any fly line and basically equivalent to a 15' leader....
Forum: General Discussion 07-21-2011, 07:35 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,881
Posted By CM_Stewart
Re: Tenkara. Anyone try it?

If you're going to try it, you owe it to yourself to try the real thing rather than a Breambuster, etc. The main advantage of tenkara is that line used is so light you can keep it all off the water...
Forum: General Fly Tying Discussions 02-24-2011, 10:12 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,401
Posted By CM_Stewart
Re: Scuds: Antenna and tail or not?

No antenna. No tail. No back. Yarn wrapped around a hook. My most productive fly, by far, ever since I started tying them.
Forum: General Discussion 01-07-2010, 07:36 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 717
Posted By CM_Stewart
Re: Tenkara anyone?

Oh, I would definitely put it in the ultralight category. Consider that the tenkara line weighs less than half what a 000 fly line weighs, adjusted for length.

And while you can cast panfish...
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