Fishing a remote desert stream packed with brown trout with a tenkara rod
Soon the vegetation opened and I was able to prospect the glass clear water. The fish were wary, but slow movement and experience stalking spring creeks in the Driftless paid off. On many casts, previously hidden trout dashed from hiding under cutbanks to charge the fly. Small, dark, and simple kebari patterns drew strikes, with a variety upstream and downstream techniques bringing a few dozen 6-12 inch browns to hand.
The Kurenai HMR30 made an excellent tenkara rod choice for fishing this kind of water. It's shorter length and near weightlessness are well suited for tight, technical creeks. Most of all, it's action makes fish in the 6-12 inch class a dogfight!
Having enjoyed the fishing and the 126 ft waterfall at the end of the trail, I headed back to camp, mind wandering upon ways I'd approach those big cruisers in the spring pond. Probably should have been paying more attention to my footing, maybe I wouldn't have rolled my ankle a mile from camp. In any case, I was limping pretty good the next day and had to leave without targeting the pond's heavy hitters. Best to leave something for next time, right?