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Old 05-12-2014, 12:07 AM
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Default Advice for small creeks, please

Our local streams and creeks are VERY small, but I love ‘em. The trout are about 4”-6” long, and they hide under logs and in small pockets in very close quarters. There is brush on the banks, and tree limbs hang low overhead. I have a 7’-6” 3 wt., and I find myself wishing I had a longer rod, perhaps a Tenkara rod, for reaching from pocket to pocket, high-sticking and dapping; but once a fish is on, how do you bring it in on a long rod without bumping into so many branches and bushes around?
Should I be looking at Tenkara, or another longer ultralight outfit (00 wt.), or ______ ?
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Default Re: Advice for small creeks, please

yikes,

from experience, keep learning how to be disciplined with hooksets with that 7'6". a bit of advice is to set the hook horizontally across the stream bed, instead of vertically.

(although I love the slow motion Brad Pitt shot of setting a hook directly above your head as if you didn't have acres of willow trees surrounding you)

I try that, and I break a rod.

Keep with the "western style." With creeks like the ones we have in SoCal, I see a Tenkara rod bringing more problems than results. I know there are certain areas that a Tenkara rod would excel (but so would my 7'6" 3 weight), but with the places I've fished, it just doesn't make sense, unless you want to fish 10% of the areas that I could with a Western style presentation.
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Default Re: Advice for small creeks, please

Personally, in close quarters, I use a 6'6" 3wt that I roll cast alot. You might be able to go with a 10ft 3wt, but that's still a long rod.
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Default Re: Advice for small creeks, please

Interesting thread here. I've learned a little from this one.
I also have a 7'6" 3 wt that I love for smaller streams. I think thes guyscare on to something with their comments.
I've never
Fished a Tenkara rod, but agree that it might be too much rod for these smaller streams. Like one of the otherresponses said, I like roll casting a lot on these smaller streams into those little pockets.
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