Tenkara For Carp
|Rigging up for a lesson in carpology.|
That's how I became involved in this story. Last year Badger Tenkara loaned me some rods and asked me to test them out on some bigger fish. I happily obliged and quickly broke the rods while out on the water. It turns out this is a common theme with any piece of gear you loan me. In the past I've been described as being very hard on my gear. Combine that with a misunderstanding on how to set the hook and it was a recipe for disaster. Still Matt had faith in me and promised he would teach me how to effectively work fish on such a short leash. In exchange I would show him how to locate and target carp with a fly.
|Look at all those carp in such a small area.|
|Matt making a cast towards the berry tree.|
Matt's tenkara rod loaded up instantly and then went slack. The carp had broken him off. He rigged up again with some heavier tippet and made another cast. Soon he was hooked back up and after a quick struggle, the carp was gone again. I asked him if it felt like he had hooked onto a freight train? The look in his eyes gave me his answer. The big fish feel really big when you put the screws to them. They take off like a runaway train and all you can do is hold on and hope they stop. This chain of events repeated itself over and over. Despite constant hook ups we just couldn't keep the fish buttoned. Finally, the sun was starting to set and I was running out of flies. We decided to call it a day and began making our way back to the truck. We discussed the days events and have already made plans to try again in the near future. As a guide I always feel bad about not being able to put fish in the net, but I know it's gonna happen for Matt. He's one of those anglers that isn't going to stop until he gets one. Fly fishing for carp can be very hard and it's even harder with the fixed line of a tenkara rod. Still I can't complain, the outing wasn't all bad..
|It looks worse than it was, the fish swam away fine. Seriously, their blood is designed to clot quickly in water.|