A Wonderful Fish for the Tenkara Rod Bob Long
Smallmouth bass are, what they are. Not what they are not. If you can accept the integrity of those statements, marvelous! Some great smallmouth ﬁshing awaits. If not, it may be useless for you to read further. “I know what you’re trying to do.” – Neo “I'm trying to free your mind. But I can only show you the door. You’re the one who has to walk through it.” – Morpheus If those ﬁrst two lines intrigue, and you
intend to get serious about ﬁxed-line ﬁshing for smallmouth bass, the ﬁrst thing I request of you – before rods, lines, tippets, flies - is to curtail or stop using “smallmouth bass and trout” in the same sentence or thought (e.g., “like trout, smallmouth bass are...” or “look for smallmouth in those trout like riffles…,” etc.). If you are willing to do this you will be on your way to a greater understanding of smallmouth bass as the ﬁsh they are where they live, what they do, how they feed, and how to appeal to them. You will be on your way to enjoying greatly increased success for them using your tenkara rods.