Blue and White Flycatcher オオルリ

The mountains of Japan are a natural aviary, the perfect rest stop for migratory birds. The オオルリ(Oruri) also known as the Blue and White Flycatcher, is one of those migratory birds that makes the mountains of Japan its summer home. Due to the harsh winter climate in Japan they fly south to the Philippines … Read More

Sugegasa

On the way home from my recent fishing trip in Nagano, my buddy and I stopped in at a locally made goods shop. I was looking for one thing in particular, a sugegasa (菅笠) – also known as a conical bamboo hat. Well lucky for me they had a bunch … Read More

谷太郎川 (The TaniTaro River)

A month or so ago I was sitting at home pouring over maps. I was looking for new water to explore while simultaneously passing the time waiting for my server droplet to run updates. Somewhere between a MySQL and an Apache reboot I noticed a river, called the TaniTaro River 谷太郎川, in the … Read More

Pondering the Shokuryoshi

When dinosaurs roamed the planet, and long before the Shokuryoshi (discussed in detail later) entered the scene, the Izu Peninsula of Japan was just a tiny collection of small volcanic islands in the Southern Pacific Ocean. Then these islands began moving north on the Philippine Sea Plate and eventually collided with Honshu, the … Read More

Flick – A Unique Fishing Co-op in the Tanzawa Mountains

Flick, a fishing co-op high in a small mountain valley, which is tucked deep in the Tanzawa-Oyama Quasi-National Park, is a unique and magical place. It boasts a fairly long section of river, that besides the six weirs that fall within its boundaries, is otherwise left totally untouched. It is … Read More

Honryu – A Tale Of A Remote Japanese River Valley

According to Keiichi Okushi’s interview on Tenkara Fisher a honryu is “When two or more of the rivers are joined, the flow that forms the most fundamental”. In a way I guess all rivers are honryu when viewed in this manner; but the kanji 本流, which translates directly to “mainstream” in English, helps … Read More

Overlanding & Tenkara

Overlanding: “Self-reliant overland travel to remote destinations where the journey is the principal goal. Typically, but not exclusively, it is accomplished with mechanized off-road capable transport (from bicycles to trucks) where the principal form of lodging is camping, often lasting for extended lengths of time (months to years) and spanning … Read More

Yamame – Queen of the Mountain Streams

Discovering Jimmy Spring Creek I am a little surprised that I have not yet written a Yamame post. I have written about the Amago and the Iwana but no Yamame article, until now. The Yamame is an absolutely beautiful fish and one that I have brought to hand numerous times during last years … 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

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