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Chasing rainbows in a small stream

I got time unexpectedly on Sunday and was wondering if I could go fishing or not. It was fine weather like summer sunshine, and I thought it will be tough fishing in the daytime. I arrived the small stream around 2 PM, where I once caught a nice Yamame fish.   &... more


Lake Chuzenji – Blowin’ in the strong wind

I knew it will be a windy day, but it was the only chance I could fish the Lake Chuzenji on weekday. It was very very windy.       Yes, there were little people out there. I could fish any where I wanted to. After I checked 6 spots, I felt a small take. I cast type 3/4... more


Rainbow on a Mayfly Wet size 10

I took a fishing trip to Hokkaido on this Silver Week (5-day consecutive national holidays) with 2 fishing buddies. There were beautiful full bloom cosmos along the road.     I was assuming a autumnal fishing pattern. Last year I lost a big rainbow tro... more
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Big dry fly fishing in Hokkaido

I visited Hokkaido, the northern part of Japan, to host fly fishing schools. I met about 60 students in three days, which was truly fun. Then I had a chance to fish a small stream for two days. I was wondering which rod to use because Hokkaido has a wide variety of fish.    ... more


How to tie Shimazaki’s Marshmallow Body Flies

  You might not yet heard about Marshmallow Flies, that was first published years ago by Ken Shimazaki. It is a very effective and simple technique making a voluminous body. The fly is, off course, very very effective. Now we got a special tying material.  ... more
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Japanese Hucho (Taimen) Fishing in Hokkaido

I went fishing to the Lake Syumarinai, Hokkaido, on May 27th to 29th, for Hucho. I wish I could visit there earlier, but I couldn't take days off until this opportunity. I was worried it was too late, but fortunately the water was getting clearer after a turbidity for some days.&nbs... more


Harrop’s Flies tied on TMC226BL

The legendary fly tyer and fisherman Rene' Harrop in Idaho has been a big supporter of our TMC206BL. We had been discussing the idea of a heavier version of the hook for years. Finally, we got it!!! We believe many other TMC206BL fans were awaiting, too. Great hook fo... more
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Yamame fishing in Yozawa Fishing Area

I visited the Yozawa Fishing Area for the first time. It is a quaint hitoric area since 1955, and has been a training river for Japanese flyfishers.        I once read an article about this area and was longing for visiting, but I was t... more


Lake Ashinoko in late fall – early winter season

I fished Lake Ahinoko 4 times in this fall season. I had good fishing on 3 of 4 visits with some memorable fish.  Saturday, November 8th 5:15 AM, I was on a famours spot. There are already 4 fishermen, 3 with lures and 1 with flyfisherman. They were all ... more

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