Ready for Winter

All cleaned and drying

All cleaned and drying

With the small rivers cold and high I finally decided it was time to put away the tenkara gear for winter and focus my time on the salt and winter steelhead.   I may try to take the Amago out for searun cutts this winter when they are keyed on euphausiids but winter fishing often means 70′ casts to reach the fish and tenkara doesn’t exactly excel at that.   I’ll carry in along in case I find fish in a 30′ casting range.  I may also brave a winter trip to the Yakima or Rocky Ford for trout but otherwise it is switch and spey rods until next spring. So, today I took out all my tenkara gear and gave it a good cleaning and am letting it dry before putting it away.   Need to clean your gear?  Check out the blog post on Winter Maintenance of my Tenkara Gear at TenkaraUSA.    I pretty much followed this procedure except for shellac on the cork grips, I just scrubbed mine down and since they were not too stained didn’t even bother with bleach this year. Now to start tying some searun flies to get me through the winter and kebari for next season…