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Thursday, July 9, 2020
Small Streams, Nymphs, Tenkara And "Monsters"
"Many are hooked here, but few are landed" I can't remember who said that, or where I read it but it sure applies to places like this. I did manage to take one brookie in this spot and although it did not seem overly hard to do at the time. Looking back at it now I feel a little different. I started fishing a dry fly, a foam black ant. I figured it was easy to see and it's been working well for the last few weeks and it just might be the easiest fly to work through the changing currents in this section of stream. Well common logic doesn't always work...one then two ants found their way into the wrong places. A very sparse soft-hackle was called upon and it fared better then the ants, but it did not work. It was at this time I pulled out a fly I don't often fish, a beadhead nymph. To be exact a beadhead hares ear nymph.
Fast water, changing currents and somewhat shallow water are problems when fishing nymphs. And to add to it I was fishing a 5' Tiny Tenkara rod. On the third drift a substantial strike took place, but no hookup. Several more drifts and a hookup.
Man what a beautiful wild brookie...Now I grant you this is not a "monster"...and I'm happy about that. A "monster"..defined as "an imaginary creature that is typically large, ugly and frightening"...none of that applies to this wild jewel.
I learned that nymph fishing with a Tenkara rod may be easier then fishing it with a conventional fly rod in small streams.