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Smallmouth Bass:


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.

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