November is a beautiful month in Japan - the fall colors are in full swing, the days are cool the evenings are brisk, and preparations are in full swing for snow. However, the lull between Tenkara season and ski season requires that I get creative to find things to do. Luckily, there is a plethora of outdoor activities to enjoy in Japan.
Wakasagi Fishing on Lake Sagamiko
Wakasagi also known as Smelt is a very popular game fish in Japan. Even though these fish are only a few inches long Wakasagi anglers really get into it with some impressive gear.
This is way more comfortable than Tenkara
The traditional post-fishing BBQ. I could get used to this.
This area offers some pretty spectacular views of Mt. Fuji, Uchiura Bay, and Suruga Bay. November is the perfect month to come and scope out the area, which is rife with keiryu that you may just find a few Amago living in.
There is some fun trails in the Chiba Forest and around Mt. Kano - but I am not going to tell you exactly where they are... You will just have to find them yourself ;)
The Fall colors are amazing this year and Toyohide Waterfall was raging from all the rain. I waded through the water and climbed to the top of the waterfall. I am pretty sure you could find some fun warm water fishing in the area...
I also squeezed in a trip to Uratanzawa where the Rainbow are getting huge! I brought one to hand but the camera was in the car. The rest broke the 5x tippet like it was thread.
Seriously I cannot get over the Fall colors this year - they are epic.
Written by Isaac Tait who now lives in San Diego but dreams of returning, one day, to Japan. You should follow him on Twitter