Chris Hendriks: Tenkara in Norway. Part 2.

Tenkara guide Chris Hendriks
The Trysil River and its tributaries are not easy fishing. The right presentation and  technique under the right circumstances are crucial and a challenge to even the most experienced angler! But this is what makes the fishing in Trysil so attractive: beautiful surroundings, different water types, the challenge of catching a fish and of course the feeling that comes with knowing that you rose to the challenge and landed that most beautiful fish!

I use my Tenkara flies both dries and wets. Yes, just one pattern but in different colours. I still like to experiment with colours and to match the colour to that what is hatching. I always start out with the same colour and try different techniques. However, sometimes they can be really focussed on that what is hatching. Especially during a Sulphurea Mayfly hatch when they are bright yellow.  I have often noticed that you can try everything you have, but if it isn’t yellow they will not take it. But this is mainly when the fish is taking the flies from the surface. 
As soon as the wind changes or a small rain shower passes by, they can stop rising to the surface and start feeding from the bottom again. Trysil and a lot of other places in Norway are surrounded by mountains where weather conditions change a lot and very quickly. So if you want to stick to one colour only and one pattern, adjust your technique to go deep with your fly and the chances are  that you will achieve a successful hook up! 

tenkara fishing in Norway, Trysil
When it comes to using Tenkara as a tool, have two rods or multiple spools already rigged up with you. It saves you time when changing techniques and flies to fit a certain type if technique. Fishing this way is really successful. You can apply all the advantages of the Tenkara rod in combination with the very best technique for the situation. Fishing pure Tenkara is effective, but unfortunately not in every situation. Sometimes Czech nymphing is a better technique, or when there is a huge hatch of the Danica fly. When nothing else works, then a Danica-imitation does, sometimes even fishing with multiple flies.

For example, in Trysil we have a huge Vulgate and Danica hatch  for a long time now . But sometimes a very strange phenomenon occurs; at first the Danica is the only fly they go for. You can catch them with nothing else.  But then suddenly they don’t want your imitation any more. What I did was, I used a Danish imitation and an attractor. It was the Danica that they saw but it was the attractor that triggered them. 
If I took the Danica away however, they would not take the attractor at all! Only with the Danica imitation did they ever take the attractor. The only thing that I can compare this to, is when you eat every day pizza, at the same place because they are so big and tasty, in the end you get sick and tired of it.
If that place suddenly serves another dish as well instead of pizza you want to have a go with that one, although you still have the pizza imprinted in your mind.

This is just an example to show you that Trysil and other places in Norway can provide you with a lot of opportunities to find exactly the form of Tenkara that you, as an individual ,want to enjoy. 

In my case, sometimes I like to go for result and use Tenkara as a tool.  If  I want to go with a challenge in mind and fishing-techniques I will go for pure Tenkara with the Tenkara flies and the Tenkara techniques. 

tenkara fishing - big fish

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