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JoeFred 06-15-2011 07:52 AM

Catching a Speck on a Kid's Allowance
What tackle could a youngster buy to legally catch a Smokies brook trout for $20 or less? I have an idea except the cost of the floatant puts the cost over the limit. Would all vegetable shortening be effective?:smile: be legal?:redface:

I'm thinking there's some real show & tell/science project potential here... or family fun at the very least

Heavynets 06-15-2011 08:14 AM

Why is floatant a necessity?

I use soft hackle flies or San juan worms.

JoeFred 06-15-2011 09:27 AM

Good point, Heavynets. Thanks.

Care to share the rest of your suggested under $20 outfit? Could a reel be considered unessential?

Heavynets 06-15-2011 09:51 AM

I understand that a Japanese Tenkara rod does not use a reel. They are about 12-14 feet long. I would think that the bamboo poles that kids use to use to bobber fish would perform about the same. Should work fine for nymphing, jigging and some limited casting.

Others can tell you better on how best rig them or do a Google search.

flynut 06-15-2011 10:45 AM

You could probably get away with just tying a leader to a stick if you really wanted to keep it cheap...

And I saw a kid catch a stocked rainbow at Shelby Park in Nashville using one of those Tenkara was a pretty funny scene, I don't think he was expecting to catch anything and his friends were all joking with him about the rod he was using...

JoeFred 06-15-2011 12:26 PM

That would have been fun to watch.

While at Bass Pro yesterday I glanced at what appeared to be an 8' 5/6 WT rod for around 15 bucks. Might work for bow & arrow casting as would just the right kind of sapling branch, from outside the Park, of course.

ahighlan 06-15-2011 06:59 PM

I've considered buying a cane pole, a length of mono or leader and a fly to mess around with just to see what I could do.

Pretty sure you could get away with that under $20.

JoeFred 06-16-2011 02:10 PM

ahighlan, that and a considerable degree of stealth and cunning (no problem for a lot of kids ;)) should do the trick.

To everyone:
With the budget in mind, here is a free, printable download of the new Cosby Creek fishing map. This 5.5 MB PDF version of the map has a lower resolution background topo map than the preprinted one.


PS. Preprinted map is now available with Indian Camp Creek on the reverse side.

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