Fly Fishing and Tenkara trip reports, videos, photography and art.
I started fly fishing in 2011. My wife signed me up for a free introduction to fly fishing at our local shop (Western Rivers Fly Fisher). That first year, I fished over 150 days. A few months later for my birthday my wife gave me a Tenkara outfit from Tenkara USA. Whenever I can, I fish pocket water on small mountain streams, usually with a Tenkara rod.
The gravel road to the Raft River mountains is lonely in a wild West kind of way. It stretches out into the horizon and seems endless. The only other motor vehicles are tractors being driven by teenagers. I was stuck in two traffic jams. It was bumper to bumper as I inched my way through a herd of black angus. Then I waited patiently until the family of ranchers with a half dozen kids mounted on horses waved me through their morning pow wow.
This float trip begins and ends with a giant frosty mug of rootbeer! And after a long day of setting up and breaking down a fishing vessel, rowing and rowing, hauling heavy anchors out of the depths and fighting monster fish is heavy current. A frosty mug is a perfect beverage before the long three and a half hour drive home.
I'm not great at fighting fish. After watching Lance fight a 24 inch rainbow in a tiny creek without losing the fish. Seeing him zig zag and pounce over boulders and logs to stay hooked up was inspiring. I figure I need a good coach. The best coach would probably be a steelhead or bonefish. Since neither are natives to Utah, I have to settle for the "golden bonefish" we have locally.
The only way to learn how to fight fish is to fight a big fish and get beat up...