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.

Here you can see the different sections of the line:

Oudachi line sections

Oudachi line sections

Here you can see how visible the indicator section is, you will see grabs.

I’m not a big fan of weighted kebari but early and late in the season it can be the only game in town if you want to catch fish.  The Oudachi line makes fishing these heavy flies a pleasure in comparison to any standard line I’ve used.  I can see I’m going to order a few of these in different lengths to handle different situations.