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    Default Tenkara a hobbyist's hobby

    I recently got into fly fishing from baitcasting nearly 2 months ago. I've gotten several different fly rods (fiberglass, carbon fiber, bamboo, more fiberglass) and then branched out to tenkara rods. I wanted to learn how this form was different from fly rods/reels/casting/stripping/etc. What I've come to learn is that fly fishing is like driving a manual transmission car. You're casting with your right hand with a pile of line at your feet and your left hand to help guide the pile from the ground through the guides of your fly rod. Baitcasting is like an automatic you're lure is doing most all the work, you're just loading the rod and casting. Tenkara is like riding a scooter sure all three methods will get you where you want to be but I find fly fishing more versatile and in my case more enjoyable. I love driving manual transmission. It keeps me happy because I have something to do in between lights, slow down, speed up, shifting up/shifting back down. In other words, I keep engaged with the car, my surroundings and anticipation of my next action, which is a lot like fly fishing.

    Tenkara is limited to casting looking at your fly...mending...mending...casting (repeat as necessary). Tenkara is a quick and easy way of catching a fish without having to work to hard at it. Sure it can be difficult and intriguing if you make it so. Sometimes that's all I want is quick and easy. Other times I'd like to be able to shift up when I want to just because I can.

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    Default Re: Tenkara a hobbyist's hobby

    Tenkara, like all forms of fishing, is what you want to make of it. The fishing is as nuanced as traditional western gear. Saying that it's a quick and easy way to catch fish, without having to work at it is equivalent, at least to me, as the guy who only uses his fly rod to throw streamers.

    For example, stiffer and longer rods allow you to fish streamers or nymphs. You are able to impact action that is hard to replicate with western gear. I've replaced most of my fishing with tenkara rods whether it is in city ponds, mountain streams, big tailwaters, and a variety of water in Alaska.

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    Tenkara really came on strong some years back. The Tenkara Rod will Never replace my Fly rod, but it does have a place in my back-pack. I first started fishing Tenkara while testing our Tenkara lines/Leaders. I quickly realized it can be a blast…. As mentioned, it will never replace my western style rods, but I always have that small collapsible rod in my back-pack.

    One Reason being: Last season I was fishing with my son. We were catching loads of trout. Not many huge ones, but the numbers were high. To change things up a bit, we broke the Tenkara rod. I remember I hooked into a 16” Cutthroat. A decent fish for the day, but this time, the fish was accidently hooked in the dorsal fin. It was extremely difficult to land this trout. There were all kinds of hooting and hollering while my son tried to net the fish. This 16” trout seemed like a 20lb steelhead on the Tenkara rod. It was huge fun. The fish was safely released, to fight another day, but that fight will be remembered for a long time to come.
    My biggest fish on Tenkara, a Bull Trout a few years back. Again fishing with my son in the Rockies. He was small for a bull trout, but on a flimsy Tenkara rod, he was huge

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