Flat water...weeds and tenkara
The majority of the writing about tenkara concerns moving water, that is what it was developed for..in Japan. Over here we have much more flat water, warm or cold. The concept of "line off the water" lends itself to flat water and open pockets in weeds. I can see the use of float tube, kick boat or canoe getting into weedy areas most can't get to or so many may not want to, but if you do - what to use. At the outset it's known you'll hang up...lose some fish but even a 50/50 catch to lose ratio becomes interesting if you hook up with 25-50 fish.
I'm too new to this to know for sure but what rods, lines and tippets would you arm yourself with going into the fish haven?
Or, thinking on it a bit more, is it just a foolish notion to think tenkara is useful in a weedy situation?
Last edited by Tanago53; 04-25-2013 at 06:07 PM.
You could also use an indicator and kind of jig it as well. I have done something similar with conventional tackle. The biggest problem I see is keeping the fly either stationary or moving very little. You need it to simply sink down vertically. If you lift the rod tip the fly moves forward and will ultimately cause you problems working in pockets. Interesting question. HOSS
This is great, thanks Golden, a fountain of knowledge as always. I think my Kiyose 43MF may be up to the task. I will have to address my line issues though.
Considering what HOSS said about an indicator (I do use them), but I may just wrap some of my tippet around an empty thread spool to get a tight coil set, then when ready to use not straighten completely...have a loose coil or two, this should allow a sinking fly to go straight down and then act as a strike indicator also. But top water in a little weed pocket, got to be killer...on the fish or my heart!!! ~Dennis