An August thunderstorm makes for excellent tenkara
While I had spotted a few creeks that were blown out, chocolate milk messy on the trip there, this water was a bit higher and faster than normal, and tinted just enough provide an advantage for an angler in a lazy mood. The local herd of cows were either downstream and fenced away, or sheltering in the wood line far from the creek. Jackpot!
I decided I'd start with the largest hopper I had along, thinking the bigger profile would help increase its chance of being detected in the murky water. It worked like a charm, and drew a nice hit on the first cast. Unfortunately, both that fish and the next two, were able to slip the hook before I could land them.
I downgraded to another hopper, this one smaller - but bright green, figuring that the larger size may have been an issue. It seemed to do the trick, as the hits kept coming but I was also able to get much better sets on the strikes.
After just an hour and a half of fishing, I'd caught 5 nice browns all 8-12 inches, and missed or "long distance released" another 6. This section is high on my list for a repeat trip - I'd love to fish it when the water is calm and clear.