Floating Tenkara Lines For Warmwater
RIGS Floating Line (Left); Streamside Windcutter Line (Right) Both Pics Courtesy of Respective Manufacturers If you haven't tried a tenkara ﬂoating ﬂy line for warmwater applications yet, do yourself a favor and pick one up, especially if you frequent lakes or ponds. Being a trout guy by nature, my tenkara kit in recent years had evolved into level lines and kebari; excellent tools for tricking opportunistic browns, brookies, and rainbows in swift moving, coldwater streams where the emphasis is on presentation and keeping the line oﬀ the water. The perfect tools for the job at hand. With the warmwater opportunities that present themselves in Florida, and ﬁsh like bass and bluegill that are not quite as line or leader shy as trout, those same level lines and kebari can still work, but sometimes it's just more eﬀective (& entertaining) to ﬁsh topwater. Foam grasshoppers, beetles, and poppers, work extremely well in warmwater settings like ponds, but I'm not going to lie and suggest that level line (or furled lines) are
the best compliment to that menu of ﬂies. Sure, you can add ﬂoatant to each to keep them somewhat buoyant, however over time, both types of lines will "want" to sink and bring your ﬂy down with them. On the other hand, the ultralight ﬂoating ﬂy lines designed for tenkara rods seem to be the perfect tool for THIS job, and in my opinion well worth including in your arsenal. While I'm not going to endorse a speciﬁc ﬂoating line, two great options that I've personally ﬁshed are the RIGS ﬂoating tenkara line and the Streamside Leaders Windcutter ﬂoating line. Both lines cast and turn over easily, even with larger ﬂies. They obviously both ﬂoat. A few diﬀerences between the two is that the RIGS line has a short section of high-vis indicator at the very end of the PVC line. It utilizes a tippet ring for line-to-tippet connection. The Streamside lines can be purchased at several lengths from 8' to 30', and use a welded loop for line-to-tippet
Published on Aug 2, 2015
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