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On the Water, On Line

On the Water, On Line . . .

On the Water August 2014

On the Water
August 2014

On the Water

On the Water, the magazine, is in print this August and the new issue is now available. “Fishing the Five Boroughs” suggests one group of NYC lakes to fish during a long weekend. My Tenkara USA Ebisu makes another cameo in one of the photos.

Saltwater Line Leader Ingredients (photo taken 08 11 2014)

Saltwater Line Leader Ingredients
(photo taken 08 11 2014)

On line
Saltwater panfishing on a tenkara rod flex of 7/3 requires a line leader formula more specific than general freshwater fishing. One I have found has fitted my form of casting and catching.

The Ingredients: 3.5 Level Line; 4 to 8 pound monofilament; one #10 swivel; optional split shot or egg sinker

The 3.5 Level Line I cut to length of the rod (I match my 12-foot Tenkara USA Yamame.) One end I use for the rod connection. I tie a slip knot to match the rod’s silk Lillian. The opposite tip is simple knotted to a #10 swivel. This midsection hardware tackle is my nod to the fascinating myriad of conventional bait rigs used for porgies, fluke, and other such inshore and estuary species. The tippet consists of a single straight length of monofilament between 4 and 8 pounds sized from one half to two-thirds the length of the Level Line.

One can go a little lighter or higher on the line’s strength. The choice depends on an individual’s hook setting and fish playing techniques and whether or not one can tolerate a three dollar Clouser Minnow lost on a piling.

The range of the leader tippet’s length provides a casting distance equal to line, rod, and outstretched arm. Twenty-five feet is a workable average and allows a captured fish to be raised over a fence or bannister without too much stress on fisher and fish.

Docks and piers over the water, a jetty projecting into the surf, or flats and estuary grass banks can all be fished with tenkara equipment. The main point is a line leader similar to this one can cast small saltwater kebari patterns, reach fish, and bring fish to net or hand.

– rPs 08 11 2014

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New Year, New Gear

New Year, New Gear . . .

Goodies to start the new year: Tenkara Magazine, 3.5 Level Line, and a traditional tapered 11 ft. line. (photo taken 01 31 2014)

Goodies to start the new year: Tenkara Magazine, 3.5 Level Line, and a traditional tapered 11 ft. line. (photo taken 01 31 2014)

The “Polar Vortex” of 2014 has placed an unbroken solid ceiling of ice on my favorite local ponds and streams, yet I can still daydream of a day spent with my Ebisu tenkara rod, casting over open water, tussling with trout or panfish.

The USPO (and Tenkara USA) helped fuel my imagination further by delivering some new gear to my door. I received the debut issue of Tenkara Magazine as well as a new supply of 3.5 Level Line. Most exciting for me was the arrival of my first traditional tapered 11 ft. line. I can already tell by the look and feel of this 3rd generation product that I shall be casting into an April breeze with more confidence and accuracy. All I need do now is set up my vise beside a snow-bordered window, tie some kebari . . . and wait for the warmth at the other end of winter.

– rPs 01 31 2014

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