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!
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!
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.
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!
It’s been a while coming but it would appear that autumn is finally arriving here in the mountains. Yesterday it was 39 degrees when we waded in with our tenkara rods. The fall colors were breaking out and the fish were biting. Our hatchery supported streams have all received fish and some of them are pretty good size! The day did warm beautifully and we hiked up to brook trout water in the afternoon where we found good numbers of local natives ready to grab a dry fly. Good company, lunch in the warm sun and a low overflight by a bald eagle rounded out what was pretty much a perfect fall day here in WNC. I can’t wait to get out again.
If you follow my posts you’ll know I respect the effort it takes to find and catch our elusive native Brook Trout. The angler pictured above and below is a great friend of mine and definitely deserves special recognition. He came all the way from Christchurch, New Zealand to get the beauty pictured below. Okay, maybe he didn’t come just just to catch a Brook Trout…but he did that, too! If you’re wondering, no, I don’t typically guide barefoot. It’s a long story I’ll tell you the next time we go fishing.
I spent the day yesterday up in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park volunteering with their tremendous fisheries team. The GSMNP is a model nationwide for it’s impressive, science based management of it’s cold-water fisheries. Yesterday we were doing a stream survey using electro-shocking technology. Fish are momentarily stunned, identified and logged to monitor the biodiversity of each stream. Yesterday we found Brown and Rainbow trout, as well as Central Stone Rollers, Mottled Sculpins, Long- Nosed Dace, Black Nosed Dace, Crayfish and we kicked up some pretty impressive Stone Fly Nymphs as well. Next time you’re out trout fishing, don’t forget to pause and appreciate the many other wonderful creatures that make up a healthy stream. If you have a chance to volunteer with local conservation efforts, do it! You’ll find it an incredible learning experience, as well as a chance to help take care of our precious outdoor resources.