May 25, 2017

Tenkara -- May 24, 2017

I went fishing again yesterday and this time I brought along my GoPro. I fished the same stream as my previous post.

I fished with the Suntech GM Suikei Keiryu Special 39 and an 8.5' #3 line. Tippet was 2.5 ' of 5.5X fluorocarbon. The fly was a #10 Buttercup Killer Kebari. I did fish a dry fly (ant pattern) for a few minutes and caught a couple fish, but I went back to subsurface, as it was a lot more effective.

Here's the video:

May 22, 2017

A Quiet Morning and Cutthroats.

This morning I was able to go for a little walk along a trail that I recently discovered. It's not a new trail; it's just that I never took the time to walk up it before.

Running alongside the trail is a nice little mountain stream. I guess I should say that the stream has a trail running along side it, as the stream was there first. Anyway, I drove to the trail head, gathered my few things for fishing and started walking up the trail.

I was alone. I did see one other guy, but he was mountain biking and didn't give any sign that he had noticed me. The sky was blue with occasional cloud. There was no breeze. The air temperature was just perfect.

As I walked along the stream I would stop periodically to watch its flow and to scout for trout. There were fish everywhere! Anywhere there was break in the current there would be at least one trout -- often more than one.

I rigged up and over the next hour and a half caught about many trout. They were all cutthroats. They ranged from 8 inches to, the largest, 13 inches. I hooked even more, but they many got off with a long line release. They were brightly colored and very beautiful. It was a glorious morning that I will try to repeat soon!

May 14, 2017

Finn Utility Jacob's Wallet

My grandpa used to fish wet flies frequently, and to store those flies he used a fly wallet. I never really used a wallet, but I love the classic look they have and their utility of both storing and drying the flies.

Finn Utility has the prefect wallet for tenkara anglers. It's called Jacob's Wallet. If you fish subsurface most of the time, like me, Jacob's Wallet has all the capacity that you need.

The wallet is meticulously made with 18 oz. waxed canvas and sheep shearling wool. It closes via a classy leather tab. It also has three pockets that will hold a spool of tippet, and some lines. I use spool cards to hold my lines, and they fit perfectly in the pockets!

The wallet feels nice in the hand. It doesn't feel or look cheap. Pick up your favorite tenkara rod, slip Jacobs' Wallet into your pocket and go fishing -- it's that simple, and all you need! BTW, its closed dimensions are 6 x 4 inches.

So if you have the desire for some functional nostalgia, take a look at Jacob's Wallet from Finn Utility. It's made from quality materials with high level craftsmanship, and is as functional as it is beautiful!

Disclaimer:  I received both the Finn Utility Tenkara Roll and Jacob's Wallet to review. After the reviews I returned both items to Finn Utility. I received no compensation for the review of these items.  

May 10, 2017

DRAGONtail DAMO Tenkara Net 30 cm

About a month ago I was fishing and lost my landing net. The water was high and moving fast and I was standing in a very precarious spot. I hooked a nice brown, battled it (and the current) for a minute and then brought it to my net. I lifted it from the net, removed the hook and slipped the it back into the water.

Unfortunately I also dropped my net. This happens to me a lot and it's usually of no consequence. The net had a leash or tether on it which usually stops it from running away. But this time the leash broke. I guess the current was so strong that the leash couldn't stop the net's momentum. I was standing in high flow water up to my waist and couldn't move quickly without risking at the least getting wet, at the most drowning. I really shouldn't have been fishing; it was stupid of me.

So, I needed to find a new net. I looked at a lot of nets available -- there are many good ones. Mike, over at Troutrageous, just reviewed a few of the nets I looked at. After considering the shapes, sizes and prices I bought the DRAGONtail DAMO Tenkara Net 30 cm.

I have a few nets, I have cheap ones, folding ones, one from Japan, and one custom wood one. They all have their pros and cons. But I really like my Shimano Damo. It's well made and holds up to strong currents when netting a large fish. That last point is important, that is, the net not folding in the current. I'm aware that folding nets are very popular, and I have one that I use frequently. But I also find that if the current is at all fast, or the fish is large then the net rim tends to fold under the weight. This makes it difficult to net and quickly release the fish. More and more I am preferring a stiff rim net.

The DRAGONtail DAMO Tenkara Net 30 cm is made for DRAGONtail Tenkara and looks exactly like the Shimano Damo, I mean exactly! The handle is green instead of black but that's it. Setting the two nets side by side show that they are the same net. DRAGONtail has made the net mesh a little flatter on the bottom, to accommodate large fish, but the handle shape, length, rim, etc. are the same.

Unlike the Shimano version, the DRAGONtail DAMO comes with a leash included in the price. That, and that the price is $39.99 USD (at the time of this posting), make the DRAGONtail the best net for the money that you can get. It's a strong, well made net for very little money.

So, if you are looking for a new net, and prefer the tenkara tamo or keiryu damo style, then take a look at the DRAGONtail DAMO 30 cm. I don't think you will be disappointed. I'm not!

Disclaimer: My opinion regarding this net is just that, my opinion. Your opinion may differ.  I bought this net at full price.  I receive advertising revenue from DRAGONtail Tenkara, but this does not imply a favorable review of their products.