My friend, Jeff Loftin sent me a note and some pics. I think he must of known I've been busy shoveling snow the last two days. He mentions a couple of line options he's been using, I don't think he'll mind if I share them. By the way, Jeff is active with AFFI (The Adaptive Fly Fishing Institute) http://adaptiveflyfishing.com/default.aspx -
Just a quick note to tell you how much I enjoy the rods. This is a blast! I really didn't see the need to immediately head up the mountain to our smaller streams. I figured if Tenkara had any adaptive qualities I'd just cut to the chase and take it to the tailwaters of the South Holston. Technical tailwaters is a good challenge for any fishing technique.
I have found the tapered furled leaders work very well but get a little overpowered by wind. I'm highsticking a lot but also fish a more horizontal rod position at times to extend my reach. Gin clear tailrace water keeps fish a little further away especially when there's no riffle or water texture. The line I like to use for this is made of Cortlands' clear braided mono backing. Starting with 50# and stepping down to 30# then to 20# makes a line that turns over like a dream. It lands on the water like an angel with sore feet... Floats all day long with minimal effort...Take the rod length and the line length and that's how far you can fish because it lays out so well even with larger flies...And doesn't seem to spook fish. It is however a little heavy for highsticking tiny flies, I usually prefer the Tapered furled leaders for that, but works well with larger nymphs.
When I'm going after bigger fish I've been using a very special leader. I take two feet of 1X and put Biminis' on both ends, then two feet to 3X with biminis' on both ends then two feet of 5X with a bimini on one end and the fly on the other. Loop to loop everything and the leader is short but has a lot of last minute stretch if needed. Now I know this sounds kinda against Tenkara simplicity but I'm approaching it from an adaptive angle. I'd like anglers with special needs to be included in the pursuit of larger fish and have as few gear limitations as possible. If it takes tying bimini twists, a Tenkara rod, and spey flies to enable a special needs angler the widest fishing opportunities, then that's what we'll do. This is what is at the heart of AFFI and what I do for them.