I was on a business trip to Japan and last minute, Maki was able to accommodate me in is full schedule.
I am a novice fly fisher and Maki was able to guide me to a beautiful section of a catch and release river.
I had a great day with Maki admiring scenery, supporting catch and release fishing,
caught fish and added to my fishing skills! Perfect !!

Thank you again Maki

Stuart New Jersey, (From USA)

"Enjoy,Art of spey casting."
Maki Caenis casting long belly spey line at he's home water,
Where he learn how to swim,how to fish 1970's from he's father,and how to do spey casting after that...
Rod:Hardy Palacona cane,14ft 6in.
Location:Spey pool,Home water.River Chikuma.

Maki is an outstanding fishing guide. His local knowledge of the habits of Yamame (a landlocked Cherry salmon) and
Iwana (a river char) is exceptional and I had a great experience landing Yamame in a beautiful mountain stream on 7x and 8x tippet. Challenging fish to catch as they are very wary, but we had a great day and brought enough to the net that I lost count (and, of course, I busted quite a few more off!). In addition to a great fishing experience, I enjoyed Maki's friendly and welcoming personality and he set up amazing traditional Japanese accommodations and meals that were almost as good as the fishing.
I would highly recommend him for anyone who wants to experience the unique and rarely fished by non Japanese anglers waters he guides on. His English is excellent and he handled literally all the details.
He is a patient teacher and when I landed a particularly large Yamame we were sight fishing for in a tough spot on very fine tippet he was more excited than I was! I highly recommend him!(From U.S.A.)

"Try a horse by riding him, and judge a man by living with him."

Canadian Kiwi English speaking,
Only 1 professional Fly fishing ,Tenkara and Center pin fishing guide,
Who spend more than 200 days at river,not only fishing,
Guiding place not listed in guidebook
Guiding Japanese local foods,Bear meat,Trout Sashimi,
Mongolian horse back riding,Glamping,and fish print Gyotaku artist in Japan.

Professional fly tier,Single hand,Spey casting instructor.
Representative of Yukawa Yamame Unlimited.
Komoro city,Nagano Japan Since 2004.

Please note.
Yamame and Iwana season will be close September.
Hako Steel head,Rainbow trout and Brown trout will be main target after October till next Spring.

Rainbow trout,Hako Steel head photos.
From fishing,Guiding trip.

Client Hako Steel head.
Took 1our to land and missed Shinkansen train.
April 2018.

Client Hako Steel head,
Caugh match the hatch.Early spring.

Rod:P.D.Mallock,12ft #8 weight cane.

From October till next March,Rainbow trout and Hako Steel head main.and some Brown trout.
Big river,Spey casting for big fish and single hand,
At stream using single hand and switch rod.
Our mountain stream for Yamame and Iwana will be open next Feb 16th biut still slow,
I recommend you to come after from mid of March for Yamame and Iwana.
Those Rainbow trout and Hako steel head would be o.k. even in Winter.
I can also guide in Hakuba village in winter,
For the peoples who visiting for skiing but i will guide you fly fishing.

Japanese Brown trout caught and released by Tenkara-kebari i tie.
Rainy fall reminds me B,C, Canada...

As for the booking,
Please pay deposit first,Them we can discuss about your more plan and details.
Such a your lodging,e.t.c.
*We value and take priority on contributing to local inns and sushi restaurants. The fee for the guide service outside Nagano prefecture is different for the time required for movement and the restraint time when the guide is staying together.
Please confirm at the time of reservation.

"DO NOT GUIDE THE GUIDE."from my client.U.S.A.

*I was born in Nagano prefecture,and I been guiding Nagano prefecture main,NOT TOKYO.
It will takes ONLY 1 and half our to get Nagano prefecture by Shinkansen.
Please DO NOT ASK me to guide in TOKYO,TOKYO is not good place to fish...
Please do not try to guide the guide.

Client Latest catch.
Last up date,October 13th 2018.

>>More clients photos>>

Limited guide service,Glamping Fly fishing guideservice at river side,
Drink beer,Wine,Whiskey after the fishing,While surrounding the bonfire.
Going to sleep listening to the sound of the river,Wake up morning listening to the sound of the river.
Cast your fly again and again till end of the day...
The experience in mother nature will be memories that can not be forgotten.

Glamping guide service,
Season:Full season.Include winter,

**Please book more thsan 2nights for glamping guide.

Client caught and released Japanese Hako-Steelhead.

Fly fishing in Nagano prefecture,Japan.
Studio Caenis filmed.

Welcome to the best kept secret fly fishing destination in the world: Japan!
Maybe it’s because not a lot of Japanese guides speak English
but we have WORLD CLASS TROUT Fly Fishing here in Japan only 1.5 hours from Tokyo!
My name is Maki Caenis and I am bilingual in English and Japanese. 
I have lived in Canada and New Zealand and although
my English is a little bit rusty I can guarantee you will have a great trip fishing with me
in the Mountains of Nagano and Gunma prefectures.
There is a wide range of fly fishing in this area:
Learn to spey cast on lakes and big rivers for large Rainbows and Browns
Target wild Rainbows and Browns in rivers and streams
Learn why our native Yamame and Iwana trout are so addictive to fish
My favourite fishing is for the two native trout of Japan:
Yamame and Iwana. Yamame are a land locked cherry salmon that are similar in temperament to steelhead
although much smaller and Iwana are a land locked sea-run char like a Dolly Varden or Bull Trout.
Pound per pound, these native Japanese trout are as explosive and hard fighting as any trout in the world. 
We often sight-fish for them in gin clear water similar to the methods of fly fishing in New Zealand.
It is so much fun. Come let me show you!

My 1 st Atlantic salmon in my life,Russia.2018.June.

South Island,NewZealand,Dec 2017.

Location:One of the great best Spey fishing river,River Sai,Nagano prefecture,Japan.
Open full season,Catch and release only.

"Male,Yukawa Yamame".at home river,
Caught and released 10x tippet,4weight spey rod.
Yukawa Yamame fight so strong,Rolling fight,Head shaking.Very selective Yamame.
Model trout spey rod,#4/5/6 line weight.Maki Caenis designed 2007.

Rod,Semi hollow build bamboo rod.
Reel,Hardy Fly weight,made in England.(Gift from client).
Line,Maki Caenis Signature Fly line WF3F.

Client double hit.
Location,River Sai,Nagano prefecture,Japan.

Guiding my mentor at River Sai,He's casting under hand casting.
We fished King salmon and Steel head at Campbell river,Vancouver Island,B.C. Canada,Summer 1986.
He guided Japanese fly fisher men to B,
C.Canada more than 10 years.

Title "Slice of Heaven."

Title:"River's Edge".
My fly fishing friend artist from Canada.Diane san.


Tied in hand by Mr,Jin Woo Lee from Canada.

Gyotaku art by Maki Caenis.

Client from Australia.From 1 week guided trip.

6 years old client holding Yamame.

Sakura,Cherry blossom at Kaikoen park Komoro city Nagano Japan.

River side Tatami room special lunch for clients.
You can eat real Japanese traditional food there while looking for river Chikuma.
Only May 10 to mid of July.Hard to book,
Limited course,Early booking recommended!!

Photo:Nunobiki Hot spring,Komoro city,Nagano prefecture.Overlooking the Mount Asama. . .
We went to fly fish in Nagano prefecture which Maki. We arrived very late but he was waiting for us at the hotel to welcome us. The next morning we did a bit of leader preparation with very good japanese leaders and tippet that Maki is selling online and went to a Stillwater starter: We hooked a couple of nice rainbows and Maki made a beautiful ink print of it on Japanese paper. The next day we went fishing in a river and missed a few fishes. The lunch in a tatami room overlooking the river was extraordinary. The third day was spend on a lake in the mountains surrounded by a forest of beautiful straight, tall trees. The weather was wetter and we missed many fishes but enjoyed taking a few small ones anyway. We invited Maki for very enjoyable dinner and ended the stay with a very relaxing Onsen.
Phillipe san,(Clients from Hong kong.)

Photo:Japanese Kamoshika. Protected species.

Yoshino-sushi,Haguroshita,Nagano prefecture,Japan.Higly recommend.

:Please note all clients:
When you booking your J.R.Shinkansen,you can ask them to book called "Green seat".
It is like 1st class seat,you can get more space.


Maki net model 10th aniversary.

Maki Caenis Signature Fly tying vice.

In the press.

My client Brian san fighting Yamame!!

* Gallery*

Four Seasons ... Japan,There are four seasons in a year.

春 "Haru,"・・・Spring.         夏 "Natsu,"・・・Summer.

"Aki,"・・・Autumn.             冬 "Fuyu,"・・・Winter.

The river is best fished with an 8-foot length, 3-or 4-weight fly rod for Yamame and Iwanar. 

Yamame and Iwana fishing season runs from February 16 to September 30.
Rainbow trout and Brown trout,Full season.

Rod:Alexsander Glants Viblation.12ft.
Reel:P.D.Mallock wide drum,
Line:Maki Caenis Signature Spey line 8F.at Lake,Maki Caenis Photo.

There also the opportunity to fly fishing lakes for Rainbow trout.
Here you have the option of fishing wading ,single-hand or spey.

Maki Caenis was born in Nagano and started fly fishing at the age of 15. 

Having lived in South iland of New Zealand for Fly fishing 1year,and lived in Nelson B.C.,North Vancouver Canada,2years.as student.

Majoring in natural science in B.C.Canada, and have graduated with a degree.

Help developed and honed his fly fishing and guiding skills along with trips to Yellow Stone National Park USA,

Campbell river,Vancouver Island B.C.Canada,

Prince edward Island Canada.

Maki guides and fly fishes more than 200 days during the season ,
the majority of the time is spend on the rivers and
lakes during the summer. 
Maki also owns and manages the Caenis Fly Shop.

Target of fish.
Yamame,Iwana,Rainbow trout,Winter Steel head,and Brown trout.

Season:Yamame and Iwana,16th of Feb to the end of Sep.
Rainbowtrout,Brown trout;At river All season.
Winter Steel head,October till Spring.

Hollow bamboo rod ,Hand made Maki Staghorn Net &Japanese beautiful Syaku Yamame.

5 reasons to hire a guide.why?
1, It is much safety.
2,Guide can speak English.
3,Can save your time and money.

4, There is a wealth of fresh informations.
5, There is knowledges, confidence and experiences.

Before we fish Yamame,Let me talk about some things seems to be possible to share with.

・ Please do not wear over the summer and fall clothes black colors, and the colors red, cap, and a hat.
In Japan, have bee having a very strong poison. I will see if there is always safety in the preview for the hive, when you encounter any chance, is because these do not stimulate the bees.
・Do not look at the bees. We are a black eye, especially Japanese. again,. Bees will attack toward the black,Also includes hair color black.That do not stimulate the bee is always important.

Yamame are sensitive to sound. Let 's walk always quietly. Let's talk quietly.
Yamame is also sensitive to color. Please do not wear the shirt of a showy color.

・Yamame is also sensitive to speed. Please drop the line speed as much as possible. To move the head of the Yamame is early birds. Yamame so he know it, They hate things in the instinct to move fast.So again let's drop the line speed.

Eyes of the Yamame is good. Use the 7x main. Please do not hooking whether strong. Is sufficient not to cut your tippett, in moderate light hooking.

Reading the water,

Natural drift and drag.
・Yamame usually does not like drag. Of dry fly fishing is especially please try the natural drift.

It may be necessary for that not to turn over the line. It is called a trick cast.

But paradoxically, Yamame have been repeated a release,
For the hatch of caddis, and prefer the drag may flies, on a windy day.

Slack line.
Please be careful always Slack line. Slack is required for natural drift, for good hooking will also need to remove the line slack...

Photo:Reverse U trick cast.Attention to the tip of the fly line.

After the rain

Rise after the rain may be,possibility for a flying ant.and/or for Terrestrial insect such as beetle.

Often happens after the rain super hatch of crane fly.

Polarizing lens.
Please do not forget to bring polarized lenses.
May be to site fishing.
The dimming polarized is best.

・No need to bring "Distance"rod for Yamame,Please use soft action rod for long tippett. and for rolling fight,head shaking. Your old cane,bamboo rod or even grass rod works very well for Yamame.
・It doesn't matter if disk drag reel or click, I enjoy old reels sometimes for fun.
Please use if you like so There are bamboo rod and carbon rod for Yamame dedicated.
Depending on the location of the guide, you can use up to the main rod of 9ft from the 8ft. Also enjoy a switch or spey rod. Length is around 12ft.

Fly line,
・There are rental tackles included fly lines which I designed for Yamame.But if you wish to bring your fly line,Please bring floating #4 for dry fly and #5 for Nymph,Wet,and Streamers. #3 is most populer here in japan but I like #4 better for windy day. Long rear taper will helps you mending,roll cast,also for single handed spey cast. No need to bring heavy sink tips for Yamame.

・The length of taper leader I use 9ft, 10ft and 12ft.sometimes I use 15ft but not so much.

Casting angle.
for example,your text book said back cast in the 10 o'clock, to stop at the front 2 o'clock,Please forget.
Opened, at some point with backspace, at 11 o'clock the back cast, let's take it to the front at the 3 o'clock position.
Will be in contact with the water in the middle of a turn leader or tip of the fly line, it is good.
This technology, it will be important if there is a flow early point in front of the complex and still requires a dead drift in particular, please remember this when fishing Yamame rise.

Please relax and not always use excessive force.
Casting is not intended to do by force.
Please concentrate on fly flowing.

I use the wrist to the casting.
Since this is actually faster to get a look, please request the day if you wish.

Japan is a cold water, fish cold as well.
When you touch the fish please make sure your hands is cool enough, let's take some picture.
Quick release, can be done safely.

You may be totally different to experience Fly fishing maybe.
So, come visit your mentor when you go back home to your country, please ask them to reset to forget these things. This is very important.

Fishing license
There are two types of fishing licenses for roughly.
One thing a day ticket valid for one day,
Season ticket is valid for one season.
Most clients will buy a day ticket.
Advance purchase, purchase on-site fees are different, we recommend advance purchase.
You do not need a photo for a day ticket.

By the river, please follow since there is regulation of catch and release only in the rule.

Option course you can choose is,There is a river of brown trout sashimi that can eat and rainbow trout. Winter is particularly recommended.

Guide area,
Do you will be the guide in Gunma Prefecture and Matsumoto?
Yes, I do guide those area.

What you should bring for guide trips.

1.Rain Coat.

2.Polarized glasses.


Photo:Hollow bamboo rod ,Hand made Maki Staghorn Net &Japanese beautiful Syaku Yamame.

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