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Adventures in Tenkara (Copyright William Holleran) — RBT ONE

Reflections on Father's Day

Reflections on Father's Day

river scene

Sunday was Father’s Day and not having any kids of my own I thought it would be a great day to go to one of my favorite rivers. My theory was that the usual crowds would be at home with their families celebrating around the grill. I got a late start Sunday morning, it’s a long story, let’s just say having three dogs can sometimes lead to a rough night’s sleep. I left the house around 9am and drove the hour and a half to the river. My theory proved...


New Year's Day

New Year's Day

After surviving the holidays I decided to get out there and fish on New Year’s Day. The weather was about twenty degrees above normal at a balmy fifty degrees. Truth be told I had some time and probably would have headed to the river if it was only thirty degrees as well.

I took my time getting ready on Tuesday morning, no need to rush this time of year. After a quick breakfast, I decided to head to one of my favorite rivers which are loaded with trout but also very challenging to actually land fish.

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Swift River Tenkara

Swift River Tenkara

I took Friday off of work, ran a quick errand and headed to the Swift River in central MA. It’s been extremely hot and humid during the second half of summer and I needed to get to cooler water and some good size fish.  It was a cloudy morning in the high 70’s and there were threats of a possible thunderstorm. I got to the river around 10:30 AM which was later than I hoped but some things can’t be helped. When I arrived, the small lot was pretty full so I decided to park across the street.

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Winter Salters

Winter Salters

A winter day on a local Salter stream before another Nor'easter storm in New England

Everyone gets a trophy?

Everyone gets a trophy?

White Mountains brook troutI’ve been teaching a lot of anglers how to use tenkara this season. When I tell people that you can use tenkara for all types of freshwater species, I’m often asked what my favorite is. I think people are surprised by my answer. Most of the time they are expecting me to say something like “trophy” size rainbow or brown trout in the rivers of western Massachusetts. But in reality, I’d rather be fishing for native or wild brook trout all over New England. Whether I’m fishing the thinnest blue line...