I've been reading about John Veterrli's quest for Tenkara on rivers.
I have to say that my interest is piqued!
Early last year, I made a foray to the Colorado River, Lees Ferry with the Shimano Mainstream ZE. I didn't catch anything in the couple of hours I was there. I had a great time but now I am wondering again...
So I'm going to do it.
The winter brings on the spawn of the rainbows at the Colorado River at Lees Ferry and Marble Canyon. Fish are stacked up and readily taking scuds, midges and the fishing is excellent.
But you have to have a boat to get to the prime areas of fishing.
I don't have a boat and the group that I used to fish the ferry with has all dissolved, everyone getting burned out on fishing or moving away.
Recently, the weather has been nice and I have a coupon for a couple of nights stay at the Marble Canyon Lodge that is just up the road from the river.
So again I'm planning my trip.
The Colorado is a HUGE river, big flows.
I'm going to take the ZE and rig a couple of different lines for two or three techniques.
This time, I'm going to fish all day and then some. I'm going to take the GoPro and get into some fish with it on.
In all of my experience at Lees Ferry, almost all of the fish have been taken at least a foot or so deep, most fish in the three feet of fast moving water. I have caught fish, sight casting to cruisers in slack water. The reach of a long line Tenkara rod is within the realm but it is the depth that I am concerned with.
There is very little that is conventional "Tenkara" about the fishing in such a huge river. So I think I will construct a stealthy indicator line that will show me what is going on down there. I'll also construct a regular #3.5 long line with traditional kebari and I'm going to give the traditional approach plenty enough of my time to know if that is going to work for the skill level that I have within me now.
The river is coming off of a high flow so it might be a little tough with the bottom scoured.
On any account, I'm going, the place is an adventure to say the least.
There is also Cathedral Wash that I can hike down to the river.
I may have a guide take me upriver.
I don't know, I'm in the planning stages and I'm going to have fun with this and use this thread to detail it.
Below is the last time I was up there, April of 2011.
I raced the 250 miles to Marble Canyon after work on Friday. Fished exactly 2.5 hours Saturday morning using tenkara technique with reversed hackle fly, nothing to show the hook to. I didn't see one single fish. I also watched four fly fishers digging in their boxes with no fish.
I used a 17lb nylon in a cinnamon color, somewhat limp. I constructed the line at 4.5m plus one for a straight tippet. That was the configuration that suspended the best, I was not using a long line technique.
I did not learn much more about the rod that I already knew from casting in my back yard.
So for a while, I will keep the rod nested. Perhaps in a few weeks, I will split guide services with someone and go upriver or I will use the rod at Oak Creek which is a stream that can carry the length of the ZE.
This adventure served a couple of reasons to go. I wanted to get away, I had equipment that I wanted to familiarize with (wading system) and breakfast at Marble Canyon Lodge. I have so many memories there of countless fishing trips to the area. I have a lot of experience at Lees Ferry, the Colorado River in Marble Canyon.
Above and below are the vistas that I saw during the trip, I was home by 4p on Saturday. There is a little math in there.