Trout can be temperamental to downright sluggish during the dog days of summer, but at times fly fishing is most about hope. Today I broke out the tenkara rod and intended on floating hoppers, Japanese beetles, and elk hair caddis over hungry trout. With a drag-free drift, tenkara is designed for dry fly fishing, but the fish were not cooperating. As I moved on to a private stretch of water on the Cold River that I have permission to access, two deep pools and the lack of rises led to tying on a stand by olive wooly bugger. Of course stripping the fly is not possible with the tenkara rod, but a method I use in which I use the supple tip of the 11-foot rod to jig and swing the bugger started to make good size rainbows start to appear from the depths. I managed to land three, lose one and see several others consider a take. Both tenkara and this beautiful private stretch of water are available through Cold River Guide Service. Enjoy the dog days the best you can.
Mitch Harrison's parents gave him his first fly rod at age 12 and almost 40 years later he is still casting, teaching and learning. Another passion of Mitch's is bird watching. Mitch is a licensed NH guide and a science educator in Alstead, NH.