Weekend of Fishing

Friday after work, I met up with Thurston and his wife Suzanne. He and I did some fishing while she enjoyed the warm weather, until the bugs started attacking her that is… đŸ˜‰

Thurston decided to give my TenkaraUSA Amago a try this trip. First cast…fish on!

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In the same stretch using my Soyokaze from TenkaraBum I got into a slab. The Soyokaze handled it well, bring it from the opposite bank in close. Unfortunately, the fish managed to spit the hook before I could land it. It was a fun fight and good to know that the Soyokaze can handle sizeable fish if I should happen to get into them.

We worked our way upstream, Thurston absolutely crushed it. I think he was in the neighborhood of nine fish. Nothing set any records but all were nice to look at, I think he dug tenkara for this type of fishing for sure.

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While Friday was fun, today was probably the most excited about a fishing trip I’ve been in a while. My wife Shannon agreed to give it a try. We stopped by Missoulian Angler and got her a license and headed up to the Rattlesnake.

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She started off with my Amago, had a few fish strike but missed the set. She felt like the Amago was a bit long and was having a hard time casting so, she switched over to the Soyokaze. We worked our way upstream and she got better and better at casting. We found a spot I thought would be productive, I cast in to show here were I thought she should get her fly and…

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Little dink came out. My only fish of the day and I wasn’t even paying attention for it! Shannon made a very nice cast to the same spot and had a fish take her fly. She brought it in perfectly and while she was trying to control the line it released itself. I count it as a catch as she had it pretty much in hand, just didn’t have it long enough to get a picture!

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We moved up the spot pictured above and promptly got another chance at getting a picture of Shannon with a fish. She placed the fly perfectly, missed a few strikes, and finally… BROWN TROUT!

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So much fun! Wisely, Shannon decided she was done for the day after this catch. So, two fish in, two on the line that released, I’d say that was a successful first outing for her! Great job baby, proud of you!

I tried hitting a few other spots but had no luck, for once I’m ok with that, and for being outfished. It was a great day on the water and I couldn’t be happier that my wife had so much fun and good results!

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I did scope out some water a bit further upstream. Soon…

Great weekend with friends, family, and fish! Hope you all had a good one.

Happy angling!

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