Behind Tofte, a rock cliff rises maybe forty ft, and above that white pines attain for the clouds. Throughout the stream from him, the wall isn’t so excessive and provides method quickly to overhanging maples and cedars. Spongy moss clings to the rock partitions. Ferns develop out of naked stone.
Tofte, 28, casts his unorthodox fly rod now. It is a Tenkara rod with no reel hooked up, simply an eight-foot, telescoping fly rod with a small piece of line dangling from its tip. To that, Tofte has tied a couple of ft of fly line, and to that a brief monofilament tippet and his fly — a worm nymph.
The Tenkara setup, Tofte says, is right for these intimate North Shore streams the place there’s little room for again-casts with a standard fly rod and fly line.
“I really like conventional fly-fishing,” Tofte says. “However I solely use that once I’m out on lakes. On the river, you need not forged 50 ft.”
The Tenkara rod provides him two choices for casting. One is an overhead forged, during which he flicks the road and fly in a extra conventional fly-casting movement. The second choice, which Tofte makes use of incessantly, is a slingshot-type forged. He attracts again the fly line and tippet with one hand, loading the tip of the rod with power. When he lets go of the road, the fly zips to Tofte’s goal.
As soon as the fly is on the water, Tofte lets it drift downstream naturally, shifting the rod tip alongside instantly above the fly.
“You possibly can have these tremendous-lengthy drifts which are completely pure,” he says. “The road does not drag.”
Hungry brook trout
Now his supple rod varieties a sleek arc over the pool he is fishing, and he’s rock-hopping his method downstream on shore. A brook trout has taken his worm nymph, a thin worm imitation fished close to the stream backside. The fish is a basic North Shore brook trout, full of untamed battle. All 9 inches of it.
Tofte lifts the rod excessive and reaches out to seize the road, drawing the fish nearer, slipping his internet beneath it.
A 9-inch brookie from a small stream is a prize. A very massive one is a foot lengthy.
When Tofte acquired his Tenkara rod a few yr in the past, he headed for a North Shore stream not removed from Grand Marais. (Streams should stay anonymous to guard the fisheries.)
“My first forged, I received a 12-inch brookie,” says Tofte, a sawyer for Hedstrom Lumber north of Grand Marais. “I assumed perhaps that was simply luck. Two extra casts, and I received one other 12-inch brookie.”
Tofte retains a couple of fish to eat and releases lots of these he catches.
On this present day, he fishes quite a lot of flies — a pair sizes of Adams dry flies, a…