The Okuma Tempest Fly Fishing Combo has become my everyday 5 weight fly fishing set up. I use the combo for everything warm water related. For Bass at Park Lakes, Carp on the LA River, and for Trout in the larger mountain streams. It’s not that I don’t own other fly rods and reels, it’s just that I can’t put this on down. The quality that you are getting at an affordable price is amazing. The Adjustable one way roller bearing drag system is amazingly reliable and I have not experienced slippage one time. The rod casts just as good as any $300 rod that I have tried and the backbone really holds up. The largest fish that I landed with this setup was a 12 pound Carp on the LA River and the rod didn’t feel stressed at all. This combo comes in a 5 & 8 weight setup and I would buy both if I were you at Okuma!
I had a chance on Saturday to go down to the LA River with one of our blog followers Haro Gharbigi. We got there at about 8:00 a.m. fished a couple of holes and managed one small Carp. It was alittle hard to hook into a couple of fish, because there were a ton of volunteers from FOLAR walking the bank and getting into the water to pickup trash (which is great, but bad that we happened to try and fish that day). So after an hour or two we decided to head out and check out one of the spots that Haro fishes regularly. It was a nice little water reservoir, with just about the clearest water that I have ever seen. Unfortunately we had mostly Carp fly gear with us, but we did manage a couple little Bass and Bluegill. Thanks for showing me the spot Haro!
We went scouting around Clark Regional park up off of Beach and Rosecrans for a couple of hours on Sunday. Caught a couple of tiny little Bluegill, and it looks that the Bass should start spawning soon. Most of the Park Lakes have started to or have turned over, and the waters starting to get warm. I’m started to see alot more Bass, Carp, and Sunfish and the Catfish plants have already started. This means that Warmwater fishing should be in full force soon, and I am itching get a big fish on a fly. This little trip out was fun even though the couple of Bluegill that we caught were small, until I realized that I locked my keys in the car. Amazingly though Dan “The Fishing Guru’s” key to his Rav also opens the locks on my Tacoma. Here are some of the pictures that we took.
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