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Tubing and Tenkara

August 24, 2015

For several weeks our family had discussed the idea of tubing down the Apple River.  Looking at our options, I decided that we needed a more “family oriented” trip and opted instead to head to the Cannon River and tube with the folks at Welch Mill Canoeing and Tubing. August 13, 2015, was your typical August summer day, hot & hazy.  A perfect day to float down a river.

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And, I thought, a perfect day to catch smallmouth bass.

After stuffing our two vans full of kids, lunches, a cooler, and towels, I found a little corner for my Tenkara rod and hit the road for Welch Mill.  Once at Welch Mill we transferred all our gear to an old bus and after a ten-minute bus ride we were floating down the Cannon.  The river was relatively calm and just the right temperature for a muggy summer day.

Ten minutes in I had plump smallmouth attack the Heddon’s Tiny Torpedo I had tied on to my Tenkara rod. After a few jumps it deftly tossed the hooks. Although I did manage a few fish on the Tiny Torpedo and a jig and Mister Twister, I missed probably another dozen and a half fish that swirled an missed.

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I don’t know if it was the rod angle, my ineptitude, or maybe they weren’t that interested, but it seems like I should have caught a few more.  Nonetheless, it was a pleasant way to spend a nice summer afternoon.

– Hats

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