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Microfishing? An adventure in “Why Not?”

Microfishing? An adventure in “Why Not?”

by October 5, 2016 3 comments

As I have said in the past, I am always wanting to learn more whenever I can. I am reading more websites about tenkara, fly fishing, travel, kids, et. al. While perusing one site in particular, I came across the topic of microfishing.

Microfishing is best defined as the pursuit of small, commonly overlooked fish that are less than 6″ in length. In microfishing the number of fish species is virtually limitless, as there are literally hundreds of species that most anglers simply ignore. A major factor in this is likely the fact that many of us are stalking the next bigger fish than the last one we caught. Not that there is anything wrong even remotely wrong with this, but after awhile, at least for me, it becomes work and no longer fun.

For me, it is not the size of the fish, although I won’t complain about a Brown trout the size of a small pig. As a guide, I believe that the “Tug is the Drug!!!”, and I get a contact high even if it is a fish under 6″. I have been on trips where my clients have not caught a fish over 9″. In many of these situations it has been the number of fish to hand that made their trip successful. Each fish they hook, fight and land gets them excited because they are still having to play a fish. Like I said, “The Tug is the Drug!!”

The requisite gear is micro in size due to the size of the targeted species in the practice of microfishing. The cool part is that much of the gear we use in tenkara will work perfectly for this branch of fishing. Within Japan, there is a style of fishing that targets the Tanago species using much the same gear. The techniques are much the same as well. So, let me be clear and say that microfishing is not Tanago fishing and Tanago fishing is not microfishing. It is not possible to practice Tanago fishing in the United States as we do not have Tanago here.

There are definite differences between microfishing and tenkara, When microfishing, an angler uses and extremely light line, a miniscule hook, a sinker, and even a very small bobber. With tenkara, an angler uses much the same gear minus the sinker and bobber. The microfishing angler typically uses some kind of live bait rather than flies.

With these differences in mind, clearly microfishing is not tenkara!!! Even with these difference, I, the Tenkara Grasshopper, will start exploring the world of microfishing to the best of my limited abilities. And I might be crazy enough to even tie some micro-flies simply to see if I can do it.

Once things get started I will return to give you reports about my experiences in microfishing. And who knows, we might just learn something that can be translated in the tenkara or western fly fishing realms while we are at it.

Until then I say unto you:

“May your line always have a fish on the other end and pray that you are not one of the odd ones!”

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Image sourced from Google Search: Microfishing http://blog.nature.org

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  1. hollarab
    #1 hollarab 7 October, 2016, 07:49

    Great idea!

    When I’m home I thought this sounded like a lot of fun, but when I get on the water it seems I never decide to tie on my size 30 flies.

    But, I do like to tie them. I’ve used the Gamakatsu C12-BM in size 30.

    Here is a pic: https://photos.google.com/photo/AF1QipMMz4z8E3cKYeO2Oa-02cQPnncuUokI8EhsDPVi

    The “hackle” here is one strand of peacock hurl.

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    • Graham Moran
      Graham Moran Author 8 October, 2016, 10:58

      Thanks AB for your comment. This is something I am,going to be working on this winter. Tying small flies looks like a lot of fun.

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  2. Graham Moran
    #2 Graham Moran Author 6 October, 2016, 09:46

    This is a test

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