I recently started Tenkara fishing and decided to head to the Swift River catch & release area to see how I can do with some extremely pressured trout. If you’ve never been, give it a shot. You might not catch any fish but it’s such an enjoyable place and it’s very well taken care of. It gets extremely crowded (shoulder to shoulder) but if you’re willing to explore you can usually find water to yourself.
The moon was full and there was fog in the fields and on the water. With yesterday’s thunderstorms a few branches had fallen and the cobwebs were easy to spot near the river.
Last week I had a surprise fishing partner, a doe, and this week she brought a friend. I was walking back downstream and across the river I spotted the doe and a small buck.
I walked to some fishing holes that weren’t pressured as much but didn’t have much luck. I walked much farther downstream and saw some fast water. There was a text book slack pool and I casted a copper john nymph right on the edge and almost instantly it was hit by a hungry rainbow trout. I was happy the fish was hooked, but this being my first fish on Tenkara I knew I was in uncharted territory. I played the fish for a little bit and tried to bring him to the net. Just as I got the net out he made a run downstream and snapped my 7x tippet. I knew I didn’t need 7x for this section but kept it on anyway. After the fish broke off I tied on 5x and cast into the same area. A couple casts later and a brook trout decided to take my offering. This one was much easier to bring in since he was hooked upstream. HOORAY my first fish on Tenkara. After I released the fish I waded back to shore and left.