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"The River Valency, a trout stream in miniature."

A Tale of Three Rivers Tenkara Tales from the UK David West Beale

The stars have aligned in my favor. A visit to an old fishing buddy and a journey across country to a family wedding has given me the opportunity to fish three very different trouts streams, all in the same week.

The Wandle, Fowey, and Valency. Three contrasting rivers each with their own characteristics and challenges. This will be my first chance to fish for native brown trout with tenkara so I am hoping for some salmo action to christen my new esoteric zoom. At 8' to 6' 9" it's certainly a specialist little rod, and this is just the sort of water that Daniel Hall of Esoteric Tackle designed it for. I am keen to test it out, and I'm hoping for a trout from each river.. The Valency in Cornwall is a true freestone stream, lively, clear and bright and narrow enough to jump across in places. This is a

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stream of plunge pools, riffles and pocket water, all in exquisite miniature. Another Cornish river, the Fowey, though still a small stream in its upper reaches, is by contrast heavier, faster and more powerful, with deeper pools and glides. Here it runs through shady woodland with a dense canopy, its banks are mossy and green and its water has the color tinge of old rust. But my first destination is a glorious contradiction in terms - an urban chalkstream. I am going to fish the River Wandle in London. (Yes, a trout stream in London!) This throws up an interesting set of challenges. I am fairly experienced with western style fly fishing but very much a newbie with tenkara, to the extent that my visit to the Wandle will be my first go at tenkara on running water. I'm pretty sure I will get the hang of it quickly enough, but the

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