Monthly Archives: June 2015

Patagonia tenkara line review

IMG_7578When I was in Portland last winter I happened to be in the Patagonia store while my wife was buying a winter coat and was checking out their tenkara gear selection.  OK, calling it tenkara is a push in a way, the Patagonia gear to fit the “Simple Fly Fishing” title they give it.   The rods are 8, 10 and 11′ long and geared to being cast with a traditional western grip.  Their line as a thin level fly line, not a furled tenkara line or even a level flouro line like most tenkara anglers are using.   The even ship a regular 7.5′ tapered leader with the system instead of just using tippet material.   Anyway, I picked up the line & leader pack figuring I’d give it a try at some point this season.

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The forks are ON but the rivers are LOW

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Middle Fork, South Fork and North Fork cutthroat

Over the last four days I fished the three forks of the Snoqualmie and did well on each of them. Fished the Middle Fork on Thursday afternoon, it was running at 489cfs and definitely was in the best shape of the three water wise.  Since then it has been on a steady decline though down to 439cfs today.   Fished the South Fork on Friday briefly, just an hour, it was running at only about 63cfs that day and was low.  Unfortunately it has dropped down to 53cfs in just two days, that is not much water for May.   I fished the North Fork today, it is sort of in between water wise still running at 113cfs today but also on a  sharp decline flow wise.   On all forks I caught plenty of fish on a #12 GRHE Sakasa Kebari fishing either my Sato or Rhodo.

Just to put our low water into perspective, here are the average flows for today and the current flow on our local rivers.

                      Average   Today
Middle Fork           1800        439
South Fork             550         50
North Fork             700        110
Tolt                   600        192  

So you can see the South Fork is at less than 10% of its normal flow whereas the others aren’t quite that bad.  I don’t think I’ll be fishing the South Fork too much this year because of the low water, just too much stress on the fish.  Hopefully the Middle Fork and Tolt can remain at about 25-30% of normal and remain fishable but I have my doubts that will hold.