Japanese Fishing Adventures in Pictures
12 CommentsThursday, 15 June 2017 | PG
Still reeling from the rollercoaster ride of fishing, interviewing, rod-testing and film-making that we took on during our 1500-mile driving tour of Japan in May and June this year...but here are some memories from the photo-album as a taste of things to come in Tenkara in Focus:
Delicious ice-cold Kirin in chilled glasses - with JP eyeing up the approaching food as we sampled what the Toyama region had to offer.
Half-submerged iwana (white spotted char) in the soft mesh of the net - a successful test for the Karasu 360 rod.
Eyeball-burning intensity of the crimson spots on this breathtaking amago (rain-child trout) from Itoshiro.
Hirata-san - former professional tenkara angler with 50+ years of experience - demonstrates his line-positioning and rapid-fire casting that he uses with his hand-made horse-hair lines (here using a hi-viz fluorocarbon line so that we could easily see it).
This enormous nest under a railway bridge was made by the infamous Japanese Hornet - a creature that kills more people each year in Japan than bears...Do not approach closer than necessary (and definitely do not disturb!).
Huge mounted amago in famous Shokuryoshi (professional forager/fisher of mountain rivers) and some-time bear-hunter Yamada-san's family inn called "Yuzanso" in Akiyamago (which translates as autumn/fall mountain settlement).
Delicious sansai (foraged mountain plants) and shioyaki (salted, spit-roast fish), quail's egg yolk and many more delicacies (including amazing tempura) - note the hand-tied horsehair level tenkara lines top right of the frame...
Relishing Mrs. Yamada's fantastic cooking at Yuzanso (bear skull in the background and seated underneath Yamada-san's uncle's bamboo "Shokuryoshi" rod.
Bear skull belonging to Yamada-san (the youngest permanent resident of Akiyama-go at 67 years of age).
1970's magazine article covering the kebari, fishing and lifestyle of Yamada-san's father (another famous Shokuryoshi and bear-hunter).
Stunning views along the drive through the mountains up to the remote collection of villages known as Akiyamago.
A fantastic day's adventure with Hide Yoshida and Keiichi Okushi - many great captures of iwana like this one for JP.
Stunning fish in crystal clear water and a nice hike (with nice friendly wading as it turned out!), more great testing opportunities for the Karasu.
A thrilling day of adventure, filled with fish-captures, some scrambling, unpredictable conditions and weird insect bites - in the excellent company of Isaac Tait from Fallfish Tenkara.
Isaac and JP on the approach trail, discussing the day ahead.
Isaac standing in front of the waterfall that was the target for the day's "hike and fish" - just as the water began to colour up - before rapidly rising and turning orange as we waded to the other side so we could climb out up to the trail back to the car.
This is just a small slice of the frankly overwhelming experience of our 2017 trip - and we both cannot thank all the people that we met (and who heaped so much hospitality on us). So, our duty now is to make the greatest possible content - especially in video format - to share with you so that you too can understand the deep fascination of tenkara addiction...
Watch this space - and do share this kind of thing with folks who maybe haven't had chance to appreciate this terrific pastime and culture.