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Just writing back to let you know the 13 footer worked wonders out here for some small stream action. I probably caught at least a dozen small brook trout, and managed to land 3 out of 4 native trout species (German Brown, Rainbow, and one Golden, only one I missed was the Golden/Rainbow hybrids known locally as "bartola" trout). I've attached some pictures of our fishing trip.
By M.S. in California
Idaho alpine lake Cutthroat
Tenkara was not designed for lake fishing. Small streams has always been the home of Tenkara in Japan. However the control over the fly makes Tenkara an incredible tool on flat clear water where fish have the time to look over your fly. Add a slight twitch, draw the fly in front of a cruising fish, drop a dry fly into the center of the rings from a rising fish. And all at only 2.5 ounces! Tenkara-Fishing rods make the perfect alpine lake fishing gear for backpacking. The pictures below show just a fraction of the fish caught using our soon-to-be released for order 9'6" 6:4 rod. This beautiful alpine lake is packed with fish greedy for a meal and many more that will eyeball a potential meal for some time cautiously. When they would strike it was like lightening, with ferocity and amazing force, as they would often try and dive for deep water. The 9'6" held it's own and I was able to subdue fish of amazing size with it. Fishing from the bank, the 9'6" was perfectly suited to work in amongst the pines and rocks. I almost never considered my back cast. From the float tube it was also amazing to work along a shelf and into the shallows. Casting to rising and cruising fish, hooking up with fish mere feet away from the tube, so close that I was even splashed by them striking at the fly.