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

The Sagamigawa

Last week I came across an interesting article in my Twitter feed from the good folks at Hatch Magazine. Tenkara casting in the wind: https://t.co/[email protected]@[email protected]#tenkara#flyfishingpic.twitter.com/LicthCLQvP — Hatch Magazine (@hatchflymag) October 8, 2015 The article, which was written by Constantin Huet, starts off praising the merits of Tenkara and how the sport … Read More

Climbing The Mountain Of Death

On the edge of Gunma and Niigata Prefecture lies an area that many refer to as “Little Alaska”. While there are numerous jagged mountains scraping the heavens, the king of the area is without a doubt the majestic Mount Tanigawa (Tanigawadake) but it is also known as the Mountain of Death. Tanigawadake has … 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

A Tenkara Summer

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Fall is in the air! The lighting is starting to shift and the leaves are starting to turn orange, red, and yellow at the higher elevations. Soon the days will get colder and the snow will begin to fall in the higher elevations. There are still five weeks left in … Read More

Discovering the Yanagisawa River 柳沢川

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Day 2 Part II If you missed Day 2 Part I check it out here After a long drive up and over the Yanagisawa Pass we arrived in the town of Koshu. We found a Lawsons Convenience Store and gorged ourselves on some delicious grub. It was warm bordering on hot … Read More