Tenkara in oklahoma

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  1. okcaveman

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    I really love the simplicity of tenkara fishing. Iv got a couple rods but have mostly used them for microfishing. Iv tied up a few flies and caught quite a few pan fish, as well as a couple small coastal rainbows in Washington that were generous enough to jump on the hook of a novice.
    Fast forward to this week, I managed a couple trips to a local tailwater. This is a beautiful area, with a year round fishery and some very minimal reproduction.
    I only averaged about a fish an hour, but I felt like I was learning. I felt like I was able to detect strikes occasionally,and just getting a feel for how tenkara works. Now I am a man obsessed even more than I have been...
    Photos of the still water (i didn't fish here)
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    And a few of the fish I managed to catch[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

    I did the best on a cdc and elk, very easy strike detection, but I did catch a few on a purple killer bug. That's a bit harder for me as yet.
    I wish that I had wild trout here, but those are the trips I'm really looking forward to in the future

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    Simple is usually best. Thanks for the report, the pics, and the inspiration!
     
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    Where at in Oklahoma?
     
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    Mountain fork.

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    That's what I figured.
     
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    Looks like a great day!
     
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    Giving the season you did excellent, you'll do better in the spring for sure
     
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    I'm hoping in the spring I get to go somewhere with some wild trout. That's what really gets me excited, but this sure is fun!

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    Thanks for the post. I am doing the same thing this spring and my Tenkara will see some serious use!
     
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    Where are you planning to go? I'm looking at a trip to gsmnp in may or June. Hopefully I'll catch some native brookies.

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    I have a couple planned to Cranberry WV and a little farther towards the center of the MNF in north east central WV. Then I am looking into the Great Smoky Mountains come May.
     
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    Same here with the trout, only stocked . I have made a habit of catching lots of pan fish with my tenkara. I fish tenkara for pan fish and cuban yoyos for bigger fish . I haven't had a conventional rod and reel out in a year and a half
    Roy
     
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    Cool TR!

    You should try some tight line nymphing with some zebra midges or beadhead hares ear, copper johns, brassies or something like that. Great for wintertime tenkara.
     
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    A few pics from today
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    And this was the last cast I made in 2016. Wanted to end on a high note[​IMG]

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    Thanks for the advice! Right now iv just been using killer bugs and cdc and elk, mainly because they are easy to tie. I'll have to do some learning on the nymphing. Is it a hard technique to pick up on?

    I have you to thank for my interest in this stuff! I was out elk hunting around south fork, CO a few years ago, and had hunted my way up to a small pond way up a nasty drainage. When I got there, I was amazed to see trout all in it, and no sign of people anywhere around it. And I had no way of fishing... I vowed then and there to find a way to always have fishing gear on me for my hunting trips.

    Fast forward a few months and I saw a TR of yours, and it clicked, "tenkara is perfect for what I want, light weight and compact, yet very effective".
    Thanks for sharing your knowledge and turning me on to this!

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    Beadhead wooly buggers size #12-#16 in olive, Chartreuse or black are my goto flies. for pan fish
    Roy
     
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    You'll have to tell me how the fishing is in the smokies. Looks like you'll be out there probably the month before me

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    I will definitely keep you posted on how things are. I am a little worried about the water condition down there after those fires. I hope it did not kill off all the trout!
     
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    That was something I had thought about as well! It's amazing the impact uncontrolled fire can have, even on aquatic species. I'd never given it a second thought, but I was researching gila and apache trout and several of the streams the had been restored into were wiped out due to uncontrolled wildfire.

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    I was reading about how the ash changes the acidity in the water and if it is too high, it will kill almost everything living there. I have some people I know not far from there and they are going to get some info for me from one of the universities down there that are keeping an eye on things. I will let you know if I hear anything.
     
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    That's cool :35: Tenkara rods are perfect for doing exactly what you described.

    Tight lining is easy to learn, put a heavy fly as your weight (beadhead hares ear, beadhead killer bug or something like that) and then tie a 15"ish line to the bend of the hares ear and tie another fly to that line. If you need to get deeper you can put a split shot above the beadhead. There's other ways of getting it deep, 2 or 3 fly rigs with the splitshot on the bottom and tag lines above to tie the flies to but to get started just tieing off to the hook bend is the easiest way.
     
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