Thursday, May 22, 2014

Lined Up

 Although I have yet to actually fish the new Tenkara Rod, I have taken it out to the backyard for some test casts - with great disappointment.
 With a level line attached, I just couldn't get the rod to load and all my casts dumped in a heap not far from the rod tip. I had suspected that might be the case as there is really no appreciable weight in 15 feet of mono and a dry fly.
 Hmmm, I fired up the You Tube machine and watched some casting technique videos and tried again, but still with no success.
 Was all this Tenkara stuff just a lot of hype?
 Had I been sucked in by the fly fishing media marketing machine?
 Had I needlessly spent down funds from my FEDERAL (Fiscal Expenditures Directly Earmarked Regarding Angling Logistics) RESERVE?
 Did I buy a puddle-cast stick?
 Turns out not.
 After talking with a fellow Tenkara tosser, he suggested I switch out the level line for a furled one.
 Bingo. I think this thing will catch fish.


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Raquette River Blueway Corridor

 I was fortunate enough to attend the Raquette River Blueway Corridor networking and business meeting on May 19 at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake, NY.
 A lot of hard work , done by a very few people, has been instrumental in bringing the corridor project from concept to its present form.
 There are bigger and better things on the horizon from this organization, which represents and highlights  the communities, events, histories, and focal points along the entire Raquette River corridor.
One of the announcements is the upcoming launch of their new website, with a name I find very intriguing…another play on words involving “Raquette”.

 Unfortunately, while Quiet Raquette remains in a somewhat self imposed state of blogdom anonymity and tends to dwell more on things not Raquette River oriented (I need to work on that), the river remains a mainstay in this bloggers world.
 Best of luck to the RRBC.
 I’ll post a link to their website when it goes live, and make a concerted effort to post more "Raquette River" here. 

First Tugs of the Season

The stars finally aligned to get out for the first real serious fishing of the season. Water is still high and fast, and although there was a great hatch with lots of bugs, the fish weren't expending the energy to rise. So, it was those typical soft spots in front of big rocks that seemed to be holding the fish deep. A tungsten bead head pheasant tail got down quick and deep enough for them to eat.

The first tug of the season:

The best tug of the day: