We encourage anyone to try the Tenkara method of fishing. I could emphasize this alternative method as a must-do for seasoned anglers, but I am equally enthusiastic about the novice angler picking up this enjoyable fishing method.
The significant difference between Tenkara and traditional fly fishing is - lack of a reel. The rod is extremely light and long. The rods extend telescopically from a small packable handle of about 15 - 26 inches, all the way out to a reach of 8 to over 14 feet long.
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The idea is to approach the river with knowledge of trout lairs and habitat. Then, use the fly as a trigger for the trout - very similar to playing the string game with a cat. You present the fly to the trout and it literally pounces on it. The line is (for the most part) not on the water, so there is no drag. Ideally, you have a significant amount of drag-free time to play with the trout.