As I was beginning to wrap up my day, was fishing near the put in when a guide and his clients came along preparing to take out. At that moment I got a fish on and we started chatting a bit. Once we were out of the water we discovered we had Casting for Recovery in common. I, of course, have worked with them for many years and he was going to be working with some local CfR staff on Tenkara. I couldn't go with them the day there were to go out, so we decided on another time. Last Saturday, was that day..kinda of.
Jim Mitchell of Montana Hunting & Fishing Adventures is the man I met over the summer and we decided that October 11 we were going to float and I was going to try my hand at Tenkara. Jim, his wife Bonnie and I hit the river with a myriad of rods on board. I had two rods (one for streamers, of course), Bonnie had a rod and Jim had a streamer rod and two Tenkara rods. We..were ready for anything.
The upper Bitterroot was the choice for the day. This was an area I had never fished, but this is Jim's home waters; a river he guides on and knows like the back of his hand. The moment we put in at Angler's Roost south of Hamilton, Jim ordered 'rods out!' It's wasn't a barn burner of a day, but we all caught fish. The big Brown in the picture at the top was not just my best of the day or my best since moving to Montana, but may be the biggest Brown I have ever caught. Hot fly was the Red Copper John under a Jimmy Legs. With that said, did have a couple come after that leggy bugger!
Even though our initial intent was to get my hands on the Tenkara rod, I only had it my hands for about 15 minutes. This, by no means, was any fault of Jim's. I was perfectly content sitting in the boat with my favorite set up..my 5wt St. Croix Legend Elite and my Ross Evolution. There did come a point, though, he put it my hands and sent me off. The casting takes some getting used and Jim and I have already discussed getting out next month in which I will dedicate my time to learning Tenkara. Ironically, he took a customer out and the woman stated that she can't understand why everyone doesn't fish Tenkara! Of course, that just made me eager to find out all about it.
All-in-all it was a great day with great people on an amazing rivers in the middle of paradise. Yeah..it rained..but we got fish!!
Next up..this weekend..The Yellowstone outside of Big Timber, Montana. Stay tuned!!!
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