Winter fishing in Boise Idaho.

There are a lot more fish than potatoes in Idaho. I have been fly fishing in Idaho since 2003. Mostly I fish the Silver Creek Preserve, Big Wood River and upper handler area in summer on my way to Yellowstone and back from Montana. I had never fished the Boise River and especially in winter. I am in Idaho because I am giving a presentation on "Fly Fishing with Tenkara Rods" at the Boise Fly Fishing Expo 2018 in mid January. To prepare for my presentation, Conrad Estrem and Craig Newman, whom I have known from the Oni School, gave me fishing treat a day before the expo event. Oni, which means demon in Japanese, is a nick name for Masami Sakakibaba, who is the best Japanese tenkara master toda

Hatching Simulation with Tenkara rod

Traditional Japanese tenkara fishers use unweighted flies. Most of the time, trouts like to hang out deeper in water. In order to fish with traditional flies, modern Japanese tenkara masters develop a technique to bring trouts closer to surface rather than using weighted flies. One of the techniques is hatch simulation which would fool the fish to think there is insect activity on the surface. This would trigger interest on the trout. It is a two step casting process. A. Activity Simulation Be sure fly is dry. Cast about 4 -5 ft in front of the fish with a soft landing casting technique. Repeat step 2 about 3 - 4 times. B. Dead Drift Soak fly wet and cast to the activity zone and let it dri

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