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How Stiff Is the Tiny Ten Versus Other Small “Tenkara” Rods?

Top: Shimotsuke Kiyotaki 180. Middle: Generic Yellow Bamboo Rod. Bottom: Tiny Ten
Top: Shimotsuke Kiyotaki 180. Middle: Generic Yellow Bamboo Rod. Bottom: Tiny Ten

I’ve found that what qualifies as a “small, overgrown stream” often has little to do with the stream itself and more to do with the rod one uses to fish it. What could be considered a small, overgrown stream with a 13-foot (400-cm) rod suddenly becomes quite open and easy to fish with an 8-foot (240-cm rod).

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I Launched a Fly Tying Store and YouTube Channel

You may have seen my most recent Tenkara Addict video, in which I discuss my new online fly tying store, FlyTyingYarn.com. If you haven’t watched that video and browsed the store yet, I invite you to do so. I also started a fly tying YouTube channel and an Instagram account of the same name. I’ll be adding new products and educational articles to the store monthly, new videos to the channel every 2–4 weeks (haven’t ironed out a schedule yet), and new posts to the Instagram account weekly.

If you haven’t browsed the “Learn” page on FlyTyingYarn.com, you might want to head over there and take a look. Among other things, I include descriptions and pictures of some of the flies I use the most:

The initial response to the store has been beyond my expectations, and I’m really grateful to everyone who has placed an order.

(Also, I realize that I didn’t post to the blog here for November. My goal for 2020 was to post on the first of each month. I was traveling during late October and early November, so it slipped my mind. Sorry! To make it up to you, I’ll be posting again in a couple weeks about a new rod I’m getting and about how it compares to two of my existing rods.)

See you again in a week or two!

How I Attach My Landing Net to My Backpack

I fish with a backpack, and I attach the net to the backpack. I’ve tried attaching the net with carabiners (too fiddly) and magnets (not strong enough; I’d often find myself bushwhacking alongside a stream only to find my net caught by a branch several feet behind me). For the past six months or so, I’ve been using a side lock buckle. This is your standard webbing buckle, the kind that you squeeze on the side to open up. This is the exact buckle (3/4″ size) that I use. I have the net dangling off the bottom of the left shoulder strap. To both attach the buckle to the backpack and attach the net to the other half of the buckle, I’ve used a couple different sizes of zip ties.

This works really well. I can easily clip and unclip the buckle to grab the net, and the buckle never accidentally comes undone.

With the buckle closed
With the buckle closed
With the buckle open
With the buckle open

Modifications to My Handy Pak Net

I love my medium Measure Net. It’s the perfect tenkara landing net aside from one thing—it’s not packable. I’m gearing up for a weeklong backpacking and fishing trip in a week or so, and I wanted a net that was not only lighter than by beloved Measure Net but that also could pack down to keep the overall bulk of my backpack to a minimum.

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Tenkara Line Card Trick (Double the Storage)

I like to use these tenkara line cards from DragonTail Tenkara to hold/store my level lines. They’re cheap, light, and take up very little space. They’re sold as holding a single level line (as shown in the pictures at the link above), but I use each one to hold two. I fold down every other one of the little plastic tabs on the card.

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We Moved! What It Means for My Tenkara Fishing

My wife and I just moved from Pocatello, Idaho, to Rexburg, Idaho, for my wife’s schooling. Both cities are in eastern Idaho, and they’re about an hour and fifteen minutes apart. Not a big move, but I thought it would be interesting to talk a little bit about what the move will mean for my tenkara videos and my fishing in general.

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