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Daniel, or any Tenkara USA people, In 54 years of fishing, I have never heard of holding a fish upside down before releasing it. Why do that?
William, in my experience and in talking to some much more experienced anglers than I, this temporarily helps keep trout from flopping much and makes it a bit easier to handle them without them getting hurt.
I know holding crocodilians/sharks upside down will get then to calm down even “sleep”. It called tonic immobility. Wildlife researchers and zoologist use it to get data on live animals with less risk to scientist and animal.
Scott Larson, MST
Wikipedia: Apparent death.
Just bought an 11 ft. Can’t wait get in the water with it.
I’ll have to try holding them upside down. I’ve seen that technique used on sharks and bigger fish but I never really thought about using it on trout.
Wow! This is so cool. I just bought my first Tenkara and I can’t wait to get fishing!
Am really interested in tenkara. Like the method which would be perfect fou our small Tennessee and Western North Carolina streams. I am going to Japan in Oct. Tokyo snd Kyoto. Any suggestions on fishing shops with tenkara ecpertise? Have already ordered flys. Look to order your tod and line when I return. Thanks.
Ken, thanks for the interest in tenkara! For the best shops with expertise on tenkara in your area, please take a look at Tenkara Usa – Authorized Dealers. We have a good dealer network not far from you. In Tokyo, look up Sansui shop.
I was at Sanusi in Tokyo recently talking ten Kara – the guys in the shop asked me to pass a “hello” to you.
Awesome! Glad you stopped by there.
seems to me that a fly rod, with off-hand access to the line, gives the angler the ability to haul line in, which is exactly what tenkara is missing as I watch the “large fish” video. I only use my fly reel to store the line. the traditional fly rod gives more control, more options, stripping line to allow a downstream float often works wonders. better fishing with a fly rod! oooops!
There’s more than one way to skin a cat Keith.
I fish western fly rods and Tenkara rods. You should try it! With your simplistic attitude, you won’t understand the appeal until you do.