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By Brad Trumbo
The Times 

Tenkara Angling for Snake River Smallmouth

 

August 6, 2020

Brad Trumbo

Above: A little smallmouth can put a sweet bend in the tenkara rod.

Since discovering tenkara fly-fishing a few years ago, I don't travel much without a tenkara rod. Tenkara rods are telescopic, collapsing down to about eighteen inches and only require a fly line, leader, and a handful of your favorite flies. Minimal gear and super simple. Absolutely unfettering after years of lugging a minimum of four fly boxes, two reels to accommodate floating and sinking fly line, fly line sink tips, split-shot and strike indicators for nymphs, a variety of leaders and tippet strengths, dry-fly float coat, and the list continues.

This third-generation fly-fisherman se...



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