Marc's WhiteWater Gear Reviews

Fishing & Hunting

Fishing

I like fishing for edible fish like Trout, Grayling, Eel, Perch, Zander, Pangasius, Tilapia, Rudd, Catfish, Roach and Bream.

Tenkara

Tenkara fly fishing is a simple type of fishing practiced in Japan, still largely unknown outside Japan. The appeal of tenkara is its elegant simplicity and thus extremely usefull for backpacking and kayaking. All you need is a rod, tenkara line and a fly (no reel).


Tenkara Rod

This is my Sawtooth rod, made by the Tenkara Rod Company. It’s a 3,6 meter, medium flexibel, telescopic rod, made out of 9 carbon fiber sections. It only weighs 91 grams, the packing size is 50 cm. It has a handle made of cork. As tenkara rods are typically longer than most other fishing rods, it has the distinct advantage of reaching across currents.

Brown Trout fishing in the peaty waters of the Linn Falls at Aberlour, Spey Valley, Scotland.Portablity testing: conventional fly rigs versus Tenkara rod (@GlenCassley, Scotland).


Tenkara lines

The Chartreuse and Orange lines I use by the Tenkara Rod Company are 3,20 upto 3,60 meter, hand-crafted lines with single strand construction, a 3mm nickel alloy tippet ring (for easy attachment of the tippet) and an attachment loop for easy attachment to the rod. They are non-tapered, and perfectly weighted to cast of the same length or slightly shorter than the rod. I use Line Clips for on the go line storage. These clips connect to your rod and allow you to quickly store your line.
I’m frequently asked to share my line information, so here we go:

Line (wt)Tippet (X)Fly sizesFish WeightFish
4 wt3X6 -14500 grPan fish, River Trout, small Bass
5 wt4X14 -20750 grmy goto line, as it is the”all-around” trout fisherman’s line weight, which covers virtually all trout-fishing situations.
6 wt5X18 -261 kgCatfish, Smaller Salmon, Large Bass
My personal preferences, arguably good or bad advice. ©


Tenkara Tippet

As the line is too thick to tie the fly directly, we use a tippet. A thinner than 0,2 mm, 30 cm upto 1 meter, line rated at 3 kg. These are my Rio Tenkara Rod Co. Tippets, which comes in 27 meter spools, good for making approximately 45 tippets.

Tenkara Fly

Artificial flies are used in tenkara fly-fishing. These are tied with thread, feathers and sometimes fur as in western fly-fishing. Traditionally a special reverse hackle wet-fly is used, which means that the feathers are angled towards the hook so the fly seems to ‘swim’ when pulling the line. My kit includes three sizes: size 14 as my standard fly, larger size 20 flies for bigger water and the smaller size 12 for when the others don’t work. I use flies without barbs.

Accessories Kit

My Accessories Kit is a 420D Nylon Pouch, containing Nippers (for cutting lines), Forceps (for hooks further in the fish), Lochsa and Payette Paste Line Floatants (should I chose to use a floating setup. I also keep my spare lines and tippet in this pouch.

Tenkara Fishing Technique

I primarily use my Tenkara gear in mountain streams, fishing for Trout, Grayling, small Salmon and pan-fish. I guess the benefits of Tenkara fly fishing are the precise placement of the fly and the easy manipulation of the fly. The basics are as follows:

  • I normally carry a ready-to-use kit.
  • Arriving at a stream, I’ll take out my rod, unwind the line (8 turns) and I’m set to go!
  • Tenkara fishing, to me, is checking out the main flow, eddies, foam patches, et cetera, to find fish.
  • The techniques I use (I don’t use a floating line) are:
    • letting the fly drift with the flow
    • moving it up and down while drifting with the flow
    • paused at a certain spot
    • pause and drift
    • cross stream pulling
  • Use a landing net, turn the fish belly up with wet hands and unhook.
  • smaller and not edible fish are released by holding them with their mouth against the current untill they swim away.


Ego Blackwater Trout Net

The EGO Blackwater trout is an awesome net. There is also a unique ruler built into the net that allows you to measure your fish without handling them. This unique feature is perfect for catch and release trout anglers! You can measure your trout and release it without every handling it! It has a retractable quick-draw tether. It can land a 25 cm trout with ease. Weighing approximately 300 grams, it is easy to bring on backpacking trips.

Trout fishing on the Allt Langwell falls, Glencassley, Scotland.


Lazy Trap Fishing

The most relaxed way of fishing is by using fish traps, ofwhich the simplest is this square net. It is placed on the river bottom. All you have to do is put bait like offal (fish guts or any other left over) in the little center pocket, lower it down to the river bottom, and check it every hour. It might take some stones to give it enough weight depending on the current. This is an awesome way to catch crustaceans, including shrimp, crab, lobster and crawfish.


RidgeMonkey Collapsible Fish Bucket

lighter for size reference

This is my 15 liter collapsible fish bucket called Perspective Collapsible Bucket by RidgeMonkey. It only takes an instant from being folded to scoping a good amount of water. Wash basin, stalking bucket, groundbait bowl or even a drinks chiller. The design is very pactical. It has a rigid top rim, a proper hook & loop handle strap and an external D-ring for stable pouring, but the see-through front is the best feature! It’s made out of tough 500D PVC.


Hunting

Bow Hunting

Bow

Operational and folded version

This is my foldable ‘survival’ modern Longbow. It has an aerospace T6 aluminium body, epoxy composite fiber limbs and it uses a Dacron string. The draw weight is 60 pounds (270 N), which results in arrow speeds up to 252 km/h.
Bow dimensions: Length – 151 cm (strung), 59 cm (folded/stored).

Arrows / Heads / Points

I use 76 cm Carbon arrows, spine 500, weighing 24 grams. Outside diameter is 7,6 mm. For me weight is the primary reason to use carbon arrows, less wind drift, “flatter” shooting, durablity and good penetration thanks to a smaller diameter shaft also help. Carbon doesn’t bend like aluminum, so straightness issues are not a problem. The higher velocity of carbon arrows helps overcome errors in range estimation.

I normally take Blunts and Judo’s with me, but depending on the region and laws, I can take my broadheads as well. I use my field points solely for target practising.
A. Blunt Points/Blunts
A flat or blunt arrow point used normally in hunting designed to kill small game by blunt force. Some blunts come with a rubber head that is a larger diameter than the shaft with small spikes, others are just a flat blunt end.
B. Field points
Field/Combination Points​ are sharpened and tapered bullet points that can be used in both target archery and hunting. These types of point are more ‘target saving’ when used for target archery as they don’t penetrate as far and wide as a bullet point would.​
C. Broadheads
​Wide flat bladed points that should only be used for hunting. This type of point causes an arrow to fly differently than other types of point as it introduces more surface into the aerodynamics of the arrow. A broadhead is designed to cause large wounds in the target and modern quality broadheads are as sharp as surgical tools.
D. Grabbing Points (JUDO)​
A blunt point with small grabbing hooks that is designed to kill small game by blunt force.. When you shoot into leaves, dirt or grass arrows with other types of point have a tendency to bury themselves and become hard to find and retrieve, the grabbing hooks on these points are designed to help the arrow snag on the ground and flip up to make it easy to locate. These points can be expensive.​