Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Fish 0 Stag 1

When I was out on the river, splashing in the distance caught my eye as a Red Stag was galloping full steam across the river towards me. He stopped mid river and stared at me, then turned back and continued up the far bank. It's not so common to see these guys when your fishing, but in April during the roar anything is possible. What a sight!



Mr. Kato's backwater Fly Store "Dusk" and top customers.

Mr. Kato admires Noriko's creation.

Mr. Yoshida - Bamboo Rod Builder.


Hitch'n a ride.

Beautiful Japan - Countryside.

The approach - #3 weight rods and gentle casting.

Nature's fridge.


Fish'n Buddies.

Man-made obstacles.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011


House size boulders with deathly vertical drops, cheap slippery trekking shoes and a light weight tippet had my mate doing the crab-walk as he tried to navigate his way closer to the water to land his catch. I'm pleased to say that he didn't come to any slippery demise and the fish was eventually landed and released, not before a frenzied mob of eels came in for a closer look. I've never heard of a nest of eels but if there is such a thing this was definitely it.

A week later I went back and fished a few eels out for a feed. There were literally 30 in this small area and some were at least 15cm across the back, with a metre of 40lb line, a hook and a bit of beef, I could chose the ones I wanted by just dangling it infront of there mouths. Messy to prepare, but good to eat!