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Tenkara Fishing out West: Fish Creek and Crystal Creek

“The road goes on forever and the party never ends” or so I texted friends back home as we continued our tenkara tour of the Jackson Wyo. area.

After a sensational day on Flat Creek (click here for that story) we were pretty stoked to fish more smaller streams in the area.

A quick check in with our friends in a couple of local fly shops gave us da beta we needed.

Our first stop was Fish Creek, and a chance to put a big bend in the tenkara rod.

Fish Creek Cutthroat

 

During our last visit to the Jackson area we had fished the Gros Ventre and wanted to give it a try again. We headed up that way and decided that Crystal Creek, water we hadn’t fished before was worth a look. Crystal Creek was prime tenkara water and we roamed about trying a variety of spots.

 

After spending two weeks with a tenkara rod in my hand fishing a variety of water and catching some pretty decent sized fish I am more convinced than ever of both the effectiveness and versatility of tenkara fishing.

If you want to learn more I encourage you to check out the Tenkara Guide section of Dispatches, just click here.

 

Comments

  1. “After spending two weeks with a tenkara rod in my hand fishing a variety of water and catching some pretty decent sized fish I am more convinced than ever of both the effectiveness and versatility of tenkara fishing.”

    Tom, I’m hearing that from more and more experienced tenkara anglers. I’m sure there is an upper limit to the size of the fish and the size of the stream for which tenkara is a reasonable choice, but I haven’t reached it yet.

    It was good to meet you at the Summit in W. Yellowstone, and I look forward to more of your dispatches.

    Best regards,
    Chris

  2. Chris, likewise on both accounts! This trip out west gave me a chance to put my beliefs to the test. I hope we can find a time to fish together. Maybe a spring mid-atlantic tenkara adventure with a few others.

  3. I would like that. Check your calendar and pick a date.

  4. Tom,
    WOW, those are awesome fish! Can I ask which tenkara rod you used to land them?

  5. Jason, Thanks. I used a TenkaraUSA 11′ Iwana the whole trip. It handled the fish quite nicely.

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