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Well Cutthroat Tenkara is officially launched. Be sure to check out the sister site Fallfish Tenkara for an idea of what is to come!

I am envisioning Cutthroat Tenkara to be a venue for my fishing adventures in my new home California. While the State fish of California is the Golden Trout I picked Cutthroat for the name of my new site as they hold a special place in my imagination for me. As of posting this I have yet to catch one, perhaps that is why they possess a special aura to me… Or maybe it is because there are many, and rare, species of Cutthroat in California.

I have been back in the US for almost four weeks now and I have managed to squeeze in a few days of fishing already. Here are some of the highlights from my time in Texas and the foothills of the San Gabriel National Forest.

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I have caught the ultra light spin rod bug, and I plan to carry not only my Tenryu Furaibo TF-39TA (and/or the Karasu 360) alongside my Diawa Wild Stream 45UL-3 on many of my adventures. Right now I like to use light spoons from 0.7g to 3.0g with 3lb test nylon line. For me I feel that tenkara is more than a method of fishing; it is a way of life characterized by adventure, camaraderie, and even foraging for wild edibles to supplement a meal of fish freshly caught in high gradient mountain streams (where permitted by law and the prevalence of fish – who wants to eat the last few fish in the river anyways?). I also believe in having the right tool for the job, and sometimes tenkara is not the best, or even the right tool for the “job”. Hence my reasoning for carrying a UL spin rod (plus they’re a lot of fun and there are a lot of lakes in the Sierra Nevada my “new” home range).

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There has been some division in our small community as of late on what constitutes tenkara. For me tenkara is a way of life, not just a method fishing. I don’t want to be the instigator of any further division within our community; rather I would like to bridge the gap between tenkara and fixed line fly fishing. While UL spin rods are pretty cool, fishing without a reel is pretty cool too and whether or not your targeting trout, char, salmon, bass, or pan fish it is all fun but context is important.

Hey, has anyone used a bait cage on a fixed line rod yet?

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