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Mark Kautz
06/12/2014 3:42 PM

Amador Flyfishers welcomes guest speaker Thomas (TJ) Ferreira of Tenkara USA Flyrods on Tuesday, June 17, at 6 p.m., in the Amador County Administration Center, at 810 Court Street, in Jackson.

Tenkara is one of the oldest (and now latest) flyfishing crazes: this traditional Japanese method of flyfishing is ideal for fly-fishing mountain streams, using a rod with an attached/fixed line (no reel) and a non-weighted fly.

Starting at 6 p.m., Ferreira will demonstrate how to tie Tenkara flies, followed by a general meeting at 7 p.m, After the meeting, Ferreira will lead a discussion of the culture of Tenkara flyfishing and the hands-on use of Tenkara rods.

AFF meets the third Tuesday of each month to socialize with other flyfishers and to support fishery conservation issues. Visitors are welcome. Visit amadorflyfishers.org for details.

By the way, I’ve known Ferreira for several years. His knowledge of Tenkara (you know I’ve talked about it before many times) is tip-top. It’s a fun way to fish places like the Middle Fork of the Cosumnes, or maybe the Silver Fork of the American, or even the West Fork of the Carson — all places I’ve fished and all places I’ve caught fish on Tenkara. If you come to the meeting, you will not be disappointed.

On to fishing. I made a successful trip to Silver Lake two Fridays ago. On the following Thursday, I headed up the hill with the intention of fishing Bear River Reservoir. I turned off the highway and in less than 200 feet I, once again, ran into road construction. The last time I talked to anyone up there they said they would be done by Memorial Day. I came to a stop sign that said “wait for the pilot car.” As the car in front of me and I waited for the “pilot car,” several autos drove by us going the other way, but nothing that looked like a “pilot car”. After ten minutes of this, I made a screeching U-turn and headed back up the highway.

I was low on gas, so I made the 13-mile drive to Silver Lake. When I went to check-in, I didn’t find any pay envelopes (cool, free fishing again) and parked at my usual spot on Kay’s Road.

Down at the lake, on the same rock as the previous week, I put out one rod with rainbow Power Bait and one with a mini-crawler, with a couple of those white floaty things.

The rod with the Power Bait went into the exact same spot I caught all the fish on the 23rd. In less than five minutes, I had the first of ten fish come to hand. It was big enough, so it went on the stringer. Of those ten fish caught over a period of just over two hours, I was able to keep five fairly good-sized ones (10 to 11 inches), which brings me to fish number eleven.

I mentioned above that the other rod had a mini-crawler with a couple white floaty things on it. It sat for an hour with no interest whatsoever. I decided to reel it in and change to a fresher crawler and, to my surprise, there was a fish on the hook. Well, one might call it a fish. Some might call it live bait. If I were to lay it on the rock, hold the nose with one hand and the tail with another pulling it straight, it would have gone, maybe five inches?

I’m surprised something big, like a nice Brown or Mackinaw didn’t grab it. Maybe nobody was in the neighborhood. In any event, I gently released it back for another day, hopefully in a couple years. I would say that it ranked right up there with the smallest Rainbow Trout I’ve ever caught. I also hope it learned a lesson. What lesson would that be? Don’t bite a mini-crawler under a couple white floaty things, of course.

Silver Lake is still full of water and it seems there are fish to be caught. I’ve talked to several guys and it doesn’t seem to matter where you fish — some are being caught in most places. The last plant by the DFW was the week of May 11, but with the warmer temperatures it seems the fish already in the lake are getting more active. The water is clean, clear and really cold. Get up there and get some.

Tight Lines.

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