I related my sad story to Ed Van Put, who has used a Tenkara rod successfully. Ed told me he usually tries to fish the small tributaries early in the year, when they are running high, and a bit discolored. When the flows are low and clear, Ed said the trout are very spooky and Tenkara fishing becomes extremely difficult. After the next heavy rain, I will try one of the tributaries again, but will fish western style.
By the time you read these words, we will be preparing to celebrate the Fourth of July. Yeehah! I imagine this will be a time of golfing, swimming, canoeing, fishing and bratwursts and beer. Let the good times roll. I would however, like to suggest you briefly interrupt your celebrations for just 10 minutes. With your family gathered together, have one person thoughtfully read aloud our Declaration of Independence. After all, lacking these words, there would be no Fourth of July celebrations. Is 10 minutes to long to take, in order to rehear these timeless words? I hope not.