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[Video] TMC Fly Tying Room #001 Pellet Marabou

Marabou patterns are the must for my lake fishing and area fishing in Japan. The marabou tail attracts trout better than any other tailing materials I believe. Among various similar fly patterns, my most reliable pattern is “Pellet Marabou”.     ... more


[Video] Carp on fly

Sometimes you just want to fish for just a couple of hours and do not want to go far. You will find carps everywhere and it is very very fun to fish them.        Once a famous flyfisher described the fishing like this; run like steelhea... more


Seabass fishing on a crystalline autumn afternoon

I went fishing for seabass with a friend in late October. I had been checking on the weather forecast for a week and it said it will be rainning on that day...   When we arrived at the bay, it turned out to be a fine day. Because I caught nothing last time, so I was fire... more


Catch & Release (a sigh)

I visited the Lake Sumarinai, Hokkaido, this fall twice on October 21 to 24 and November 11 to 13. I just wanted to fish enough just before the lake got frozen. The first visit might be on the best time, and the second one for lingering farewell.    On the first tra... more


Rainbow on the Sink-Tip

A friend of mine was planning to fish the mainstream of the river Saigawa, Nagano, and took me out. He picked me up at 5:00AM.        On the way to the fishing spot, we found a Japanese persimmon tree bearing a lot of fruits. I fel... more


Headwater Fishing in Shinshu

A friend of mine took me out to headwater fishing for char in the middle of June. I am not familiar to that kind of fishing and have little experience in the mountainous area.        We went down to the river and there are lots of huge ... more


Take the opposite course

I heard that, especially after the C&R rule got effective, the Lake Chuzenji, Nikko, Tochigi pref, has been in very good shape. I thought the famous shore would be very very crouded, so I decided to try a different side. There are no fishermen in the spot. For fishermen, this w... more


Midge fishing in a city

Even though rivers are closed in winter, but we can fish in our city. The Pale Chub lives in rivers running in residential areas and rises in specific spots on a warm day without wind.          I tied some CDC midge flies on TMC508 with Shimazaki Str... more


Enexpected snowfall – Lake Sumarinai, Hokkaido –

I was on a fishing tour to Lake Sumarinai, Hokkaido, to hunt Japanese Hucho. It was very hot last time I visited, this time we had a snow. Asahikawa City saw the heaviest October snow in 33 years. We had a snowstorm on the lake and it was like midwinter for me as Tokyo residents. The snow ha... more


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.&nb... more

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