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Water Systems

River-Yu. and River Chikuma.

Client voice.
Japan deserves serious consideration as a fly-fishing destination. The cultural
assets, traditional inns (ryokans) and cuisine are obvious draws and an easy sell
to the non-angling companion. While the country's central portion may not have
vast undeveloped spaces, its river systems are nonetheless stunning and
intricate. Shrines, picturesque towns and fun cities are seldom far from the
water, but these are often insulated from one-another by folds of mountainous
terrain. And unlike beat setups or private riverfront, access is virtually unlimited.
During a recent ski trip marked by some poor conditions, I located Maki Caenis
and spent time with him in Gunma Prefecture and Nagano. His local knowledge
and flexibility enabled us to succeed despite challenging, early season
conditions. He has an excellent command of English as well as both single and
two-handed techniques. His adaptation of two-handed methods for smaller
species and rivers is instructive. He ties, product tests, advises on rod building
and in general has got fish on the brain?in particular the native Yamame. He is
a patient and hard working guide. I will cast with him again.
Scott Padavan MD. Oahu, Hawai'i. [padavan@hawaii.rr.com].

Thank you very much Scott.I miss you,

Chikuma River, Yukawa River, and Lake fishing
The Chikuma River is part of the Shinano River which is the longest river system in Japan. 

The Chikuma River has a rich aquatic insect offering and a strong population of trout waiting to strike at your fly offering. 
Because of its size, the Chikuma River offers you to choice of conventional and spey fly fishing.
The Yukawa River is a tributary of the Chikuma River. 
The Yukawa River is noted for its its Vary of aquatic insects and hatches.Matching the Hatch is the key. 

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, 4- or 5-weight fly rod for Yamame trout and Char. 

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

River Chikuma will be open 10th of Oct 2012.

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

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

Having lived in New Zealand and Canada help developed
and honed his fly fishing and guiding skills along with trips to Yellow Stone National Park USA. 

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.

The target of trout

Yamame trout main,Char,Rainbow trout.

Season: Yamame and Char,16th of Feb to the end of Sep.
Rainbowtrout;At river All season.Lake except winter.

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

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.

For stalking.
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.

Will be continued...( I will write)
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.Please tell me even if it can bring back and,or to eat is the first choice.

We can do 1st day lesson,2nd,and 3rd day guided fishing.

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

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

When you booking guiding,We will ask you some questions, Please let us know...
NO1. Is this your first trip to Japan?
NO2. Is price your only concern?
NO3. Do you right-handed? or,Do You left-handed?
NO4. You would like
winding reel with either hand? Does not matter which hand?
NO5. Do you want to fish Yamame?or, Do you want to fish Rainbow trout?Do you have request?
NO6. Do you want a pick-up to the Shinkansen station in Karuizawa or Sakudaira?
NO7 Do you have food allergies? Please tell me if things you like food and drink.

Please tell us in addition to such requests.

Questions? please feel free to contact us by secure g-mail.

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