Monthly Archives: October 2014

My One Fly season

A box full of my one fly.

A box full of my one fly.

This season I decided to go the One Fly route and see what I could  learn from it.   I decided to stick with me GRHE Sakasa Kebari as my only fly for the year and tied them in #12-#16 in both standard and beaded versions.    A month in was my last update and I was pretty happy with the decision at that time.    Now after 3 plus months with 78 river days I have to say I am very happy with my decision to stick with one pattern all year.   I don’t think the season is quite over but getting pretty close as the rivers are set to rise next week due to the rains that will hit here in the PNW.

 

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Oudachi line review

Oudachi line and beaded kebari

Oudachi line and beaded kebari

Today the Middle Fork was high and cold, still dropping from the rains last week. This have me the perfect conditions to try out another new line from Moonlit Fly Fishing – the Oudachi, a specialized tenkara nymphing line.    I knew I was going to throw a beaded GRHE Kebari today so decided to fish the Amago which I figured could better handle the heavy fly and the long nymphing line better than the Sato.    It took a few casts to get used to the line, though I got a trout on the first cast, but once I did it was easy to cast the length and get good, deep drifts with the line.

 

This is a specialized furled tenkara line made specifically for fishing nymphs deep.   It has a  butt section of gray that is very thin, a heavier and hi-vis “indicator” section to help turn over the weighted flies, a tapered tip section made of fluorocarbon to help sink the fly better and finally a tip ring or micro-swivel connector for the tippet.    On the 20′ line I used the tip section was a little over 4′ long and the indicator section was also a little over 4′ long, leaving about 11.5′ for the butt section.  I found I was fishing with the indicator portion partly into the water so really holding about 13′ of line off the water and letting the rest dredge deep where the trout were hanging out.    I know I was deep because I hung on the bottom a few times, that rarely happens to me when fishing tenkara.

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