|Latest Brown Trout to spend a moment in my tamo net|
For many western anglers, including readers of this blog, the last few years have seen the introduction of tenkara to the U.S. and the benefits of this old yet simple way to fish. Tenkara gear has the benefit of allowing the angler to simplify the gear they carry, the fly selection they use, manipulate the fly in ways that are hard to duplicate with traditional western gear, etc. It has been embraced by many, ignored by others and at times received harsh criticism (to put it mildly) by others who wish to remain ignorant or somehow feel threatened by it's presence. I can not speak for others, only myself when it comes to what tenkara means to me. Tenkara is a particular method for fishing and at the same time a specific type of gear. It is "tool" available to anglers like any other tool found in a tool box. A wrench was made for specific purpose but in a pinch I could use it as a hammer. Tenkara was developed and works best pursuing trout on small mountain streams but for me it works just as well on a small pond looking for some bluegills and bass.
|This brookie decided to sample my wooly bugger right after the brown pictured above|
|One of my favorite brookies from the past caught on an 11' Iwana|