Catch & Release area, Itoshiro
|Late May 2010, Daniel san who founded "Tenkara USA" came to Japan to learn the tenkara techniqu etc from Ishigaki san who is called "Tenkara the Great" and is Professor of Aichi Institute of Technology, and to research tenkara fishing.
He went to fish with his friend's Chikara san who lives in Tokyo.
I was communicating with him about the fishing culture, the fishing history, and the traditional tenkara kebari etc of Japan before he establishes a company,
so it became to plan that I join them at Itoshiro.
Ishigaki san and Daniel san and Chikara san went to four days fishing trip to Maze and Itoshiro. I left Kyoto later 1 day than they and arrived at Itoshiro at about 2:00PM of the 26th. Because Itoshiro that I know is an age when the C&R area has not been established yet, this is the fishing in Itoshiro after a long time for me. I fished in the C&R area near the inn because there was time to spare until promised time. Maybe the temperature went up a little and the condition of flow was good, so I was able to meet with five beautiful iwana between about 50m. I was recommended the use of level line by Ishigaki san, and experienced it for the first time with this trip. I can cast really well or was dubious, but I actually felt that it has low air resistance than the taper line and it is easy to cast. Daniel san and Chikara san also were coached from Ishigaki san, and they were catching the trout one after another. We did not have a hard time talking because Chikara san had interpreted, and we could have really nice the happy fishing trip. A lot of beautiful trout inhabits Togegawa river of the C&R area, and it had become a wonderful stream as we wish to visit again.
My Best Streams
Fukushima | Hinoematagawa Hinoemata |
Tochigi | Ojikagawa Miyori | Yugawa Akanumachaya |
Yamanashi | Yanagisawagawa Ochiai | Shiokawa Kuromori, Masutomi |
Nagano | Daimongawa Iridaimon |
Gifu | Shokawa Hirase | Oshirakawa Hirase | Isshikigawa Isshiki | A upper branch of Shokawa |
| Mazegawa Kawaue | Itoshirogawa Itoshiro | Togegawa Itoshiro | Shirakawa Kashimo |
Shiga | Adogawa Katsuragawa | Harihatagawa Furuya | Adogawa Kutsuki | Kitagawa Udotani |
| Kitagawa Noge | A branch of Kitagawa | Asogawa Kijiyama | Amasugawa Amasugawa |
| Echigawa Yuzurio | A branch of Echigawa | Shibukawa Kozuhata | Shibukawa Wanami |
| Chayagawa Yakeno |
Kyoto | Tananogawa Yamamori | Yuragawa Ashiu | Naesugidani Ashiu | Sasarigawa Sasari |
| Katsuragawa Hirogawara | Kutagawa Kuta | Besshogawa Hanase | Nakatsugawa Kumogahata |
Hyogo | Fukuchigawa Shirakuchi |
Wyoming USA | Gibbon River and Madison River | Firehole River | Soda Lake |
Colorado USA | Boulder Creek | South Boulder Creek (Upstream) | South Boulder Creek (Downstream) | Big Thompson River | Rocky Mountain National Park |
South Island New Zealand | Lake Wakatipu | Mataura River |
Ontario Canada | Credit River Erindale Park |
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