Ready, Set, Fish!


So what does a tenkara guide do when it’s too cold to fish?  The answer is, get ready to fish!  For me that means tying flies, taking care of administrative stuff and exploring ways to provide a more fun and safer experience to the wonderful people who support Unreel Fly Fishing.   I have always maintained American Red Cross first Aid and CPR qualification.  This winter I decided to upgrade to a “Wilderness First Aid” certification.  It was an intense and highly informative 2-days of training on dealing with emergencies when help is some distance away.  My goal is to never have to use anything more than a Spiderman band aid.  That said, this training will be really helpful if you and I come across a less fortunate angler while fishing!

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Ho Ho Rainbow!


I love sneaking in a little pre-holiday fishing and yesterday morning we grabbed a chance to do just that.  I’ll admit…it was cold when we started.  Rods were freezing, we were freezing but luckily the fish weren’t freezing!   We caught the trifecta of Rainbow, Brown and Brookie and by mid-morning the sun had cleared the ridge and was making things much more comfortable.  That’s when this big fella decided to try one of our breakfast offerings.  I’m off to celebrate Christmas with the Miko clan but back shortly after Christmas.  If your 2019 resolution is to fish more, get in touch and we’ll start the new year off right.  Until then, I wish the happiest of holidays to you and yours!

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Fun Before the Storm


Here’s a little Unreel Fly Fishing pop quiz:

What should you do when you’ve got a big winter storm coming?
a. Stock up on groceries
b. Fill your car with Gas
c. Make sure you have fresh batteries in your flashlight
d. Go fishing!

The honest answer is probably “All of the above” but yesterday we started with “Go fishing!”  As you can see, it was a good decision.  28 degrees doesn’t feel so cold when you’re catching amazing fish like these.  We had a delightful morning and still got home in time to get ready for whatever mother nature has in store for western North Carolina this weekend.



Don’t forget that trout need to be cold and wet.    That makes this a great time of year to give me a call.  Let’s bundle up and  go catch some!

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Cold…Who’s Cold?


We’ve had an unusually cool November so far and yesterday morning was no exception.  Starting temps in the upper 20’s and a little bit of ice on the rod and rig were sure signs that winter is getting closer.  Hot coffee, dressing properly and making sure your boots aren’t too tight all help but nothing warms you up like catching fish.  It’s amazing how quickly a solid take and a good bend in the tenkara rod can make you forget all about how chilly you were just moments before.   The idea of being warmed by cold blooded trout probably flies in the face of the laws of thermodynamics but trust me….it works!

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His and Hers Rainbows!


What could be more fun than spending a day sharing new experiences and having new adventures with a loved one?  Answer: Nothing!    That’s why when I take pictures of wonderful people like these I never have to tell them to smile.  I had an awesome morning  with these tenkara first-timers yesterday in spite of a 34 degree starting temperature.  It’s amazing how the feeling of catching your first fish on tenkara can warm you up.   Next time you’re thinking of buying a guided trip as a gift, do yourself and your partner a favor,  make it for two!

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Three Generations of Tenkara Aces!


Family fishing is my favorite fishing and today was as good as it gets.  I had the privilege of guiding this awesome grandfather, father and son/grandson trio for a busy day on the stream.  We caught variety, quantity and as you can see, some serious quality.  When you land a beautiful trout like the one above, everybody should get in the picture!   Thank you guys for letting me join in on the fun.

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Fish with a Friend


What better way to spend time with friends than in the outdoors?  Combine good company,  fall colors and few cooperative trout and you’ve got a perfect tenkara morning!  That’s exactly what we had yesterday when one tenkara angler decided to introduce a bass fishing buddy to the fun and simplicity of trout fishing with tenkara.  As you can see by the smiles it was fun for everyone.  Now that’s what are friends for!


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