I have fished this rod twice now, only in a tight-lined, keiryu style of fishing. I can’t wait for spring, when it will get a good workout with a level tenkara line. The flex profile of this rod is very nice.
Because bait isn’t allowed within the park, and for good reason, I waivered between a chenille ‘pinkie’ worm, or the Overhand Worm, simply knotted on the hook I have been using for wax-worms (an Owner Main-Stream tenkara). With numb fingers, I chose the lazier of the two, and fished out a pre-cut hank of pink chenille. It took a few casts to adjust my markers, and I was amazed once again how well they show up against the background of our mountain streams.
They photograph terribly, but in reality, they are tops. Because of the softer rod tip on the Traveler, I think the fish get a little more room to take the fly before feeling tension in the line and spitting it out. On my third cast, the markers dipped slightly, and a small brownie took to the air.
I fished for a couple of hours all told, and finished the day in a deep pool that rarely provides fish for me, though I know they are there in the emerald depths. I missed one take, and a couple of drifts later, the markers paused and I set the hook, this time with a little more weight at the other end. The fish put a respectable bend in the rod, and within a few minutes was scooped and netted.
A fine brown, hooked squarely in the top jaw. The Overhand Worm provided, especially in a brutally cold mountain stream with sluggish fish. More amazing was that the “worm” stayed on the hook all day.