Susuki

The Silver Grass Autumn Flower Every year in late August the head high grass called susuki (すすき) blooms en-mass. The soft gold grass “flowers” are quite beautiful despite their lackluster coloring. It is always a little sad to see the susuki blooming though as it signals the rapidly approaching end to … Read More

End of the Tenkara Season – Part I

It was the hottest recorded summer this year in Japan, so much so that besides a brief foray into the Sierra Nevada Mountains during a visit home in June, I had forgotten what it was like to be cold. That all changed on the morning of September 30th when I … Read More

Backcountry Tenkara

With the end of the mountain stream season fast approaching I was itching for a bigger trip. Something I’ve wanted to do since I discovered Tenkara was to go on a backcountry tenkara camping trip in Japan. When my friend Kado-san suggested we do just that I cleared my calendar … Read More

Iwana

Iwana, a beautiful and colorfully spotted char, is mostly a landlocked fish due to the multitude of dams and weirs on the Japanese mountain streams. The Iwana that aren’t landlocked and can swim to the ocean can live for up to nine years and grow over 60cm long! They thrive best … Read More

Oze National Park

Back in June I went on a spectacular tenkara fly fishing trip with my new friends Kado-san and Tetsuya. It was an amazing experience so when Kado-san suggested we do another trip, but this time to a place called Oze National Park in Gunma Prefecture, I eagerly agreed and cleared … Read More

Sawanobori (Stream Climbing) Shoes

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Genryū (源流) is translated as a “river source, headstream, or headwaters”. It is in the genryū of Japan that I prefer to fish with my Tenkara rod. There are several reasons for this preference but my main reason is that I don’t want to pay an arm and a leg to … Read More