I've tied up both earthworm and bloodworm colours and the canal bed is snaggy so I'm taking a box-full. Because of the poor water clarity I've opted to use the bloodworm to stand out better. I have often read that red disappears the quickest under water, but on the other hand, fish have their own colour receptivity and red is known to be an effective attack trigger for many fish, particularly perch..
My chosen spot is the neck of a narrow channel where the canal opens out into a large marina. I'm using my little 8ft zoom with a level 3.5 weight leader of about 7ft plus a 3ft 5x fluoro' tippet. The water is around 4ft deep and the whole shooting match gives me a reach of around 15ft, so it's fishing up-close and personal. The tungsten bead means the 'fly' is heavy enough to be flicked out with an under arm jump cast, but is still light enough for conventional tenkara casting too.
Day one - half an hour snatched before work
Day two - an hour in early evening
I fish the same spot as yesterday and immediately get sharp plucks on the line that quickly turn into two nice fat little perch of around 1/2 lb, one clearly just about to spawn. Not huge but great fun on the tenkara rod, although I am impressed by the steel the little rod has in the lower third of the blank. I feel confident that it will handle the 3 to 4lb perch I hope to be catching again in the autumn, when I think the enterprising worm will really score.
A few more sharp plucks from small fish which fail to connect, but then I see some bream rolling on the top just along the canal. I cast into the fading rings and the next take is more subtle as the worm is taken mid water on the drop. I lift solidly into a nice silver bream that fights with spirit but is quickly netted, The barbless hook has already fallen loose into the net, so after a quick photo' my fish is swiftly returned without any handling at all - catch and release at its best! Actually its my first ever silver bream on the fly and what a beautiful fish. In the blue light of the setting sun she looks like she is made from mercury.
Day three - an hour at mid morning
Today is more about helping my kids fish which is such great fun and trouble-free with tenkara. However, our chances are dashed when a tandem of cargo barges pass through, muddying the already soupy water beyond what is productively fishable. We do manage one pristine little perch though and hey no matter - these guys are earning their living - we are just fishing..