"Try a horse by riding him, and judge a man by living with him."
Nagano prefecture,Japan. Since 2004.
"We aim to cross physical distances and borders more than ever."
Last update, May 8. 2021.
Fly fishing Hokkaido. English sub.
[Maki Caenis official Promo video]
Tenkara & Fly fishing guide tour,From last season's highlights.
My good friend and I spent 2 incredible days fishing with Maki while visiting Japan for the Rugby World Cup. We flew from California and immediately boarded a train to the mountains in the Nagano Prefecture. Maki picked us up and took us to his local sushi restaurant in town. The owners prepared an incredible traditional meal for us and Maki helped us learn Japanese traditions and manners which was immensely helpful as it was our first time in Japan.
The next morning we traveled to the River Kana in search of Yamame. We immediately hooked into a gorgeous fish and were mesmerized by the Jurassic park-esque surroundings and gin clear water.
Maki patiently instructed us in the delicate and stealthy art of wild Yamame fishing and made tackle changes quickly and ensured sure we both had equal opportunities to hook up.
We spent all day on a secluded river and didn't see another angler all day.
The second day we visited several rivers and my inexperienced (in fly fishing) fishing buddy landed a "trophy" Iwana on a tenkara rod. It was incredible to learn tenkara from a true master and receive generations of knowledge in the birthplace of the simple yet traditional method. We traveled up a small stream for hours and were again taken aback by the wondrous surroundings.
That night we returned to the sushi restaurant and had another incredible meal. I can't thank Maki enough for a truly unforgettable trip, and my first guided fly fishing experience.
His laid-back attitude and patience matched our energy perfectly and we laughed all day long. We were always prepared with lunch and gear and ate and slept like kings at the Riverside hotel and local spots.
Maki is the perfect guide for fishermen of any level and provided us a ton of knowledge that served us well for our entire trip.
I cannot wait to visit again and hope Maki will visit California and we can return the favor. "Take risks, get trophy."
Clients photos uploaded to GUIDING page.Thanks.
TROPHY page uploaded.
My French client Philip san and He's wife Aticia san's Double hit.
After they visited to Miss Whitney Goulds san's spey class (who hold women's world record) in U.S.A.
Rods,Kerry san's beautiful custom spey rod.
With customers who are a little lame. A charcoal of the memory that I helped and caught with the young man who came with me.
Location.Deep mountain,Upper River Yu,Karuizawa.Where Japanese Black bear also lives.
©2004 Maki Caenis
Thank you very much for visited to Japan.
"Maki san is very experienced guide who knows his river's in Nagano prefecture well.He arranged nice equipment for me and tied me some effective flies.
With he's guidance I caught Yamame,Iwana,Amago and Rainbow trout using both up stream and down stream techniques.
Safety of he's clients is top priority for Maki san.He drives carefully and offers useful advice and physycal help with wading.
He is a good teacher and an entertaining companion,both of the river and at the Ryokan afterwords.
Maki san's English is good.
"I thoroughly enjoyed fishing with Maki san for a day near Nagano.He is a knowledgeable guide and skilled,patient instructor.
As a relative beginner,Maki san quickly ironed out wrinkles in my style and I now feel much more confident.
Maki's English is also very good.Highly recommended."
"My brother and I fished with Maki for two days at the end of September. We had a fantastic time learning many valuable skills and techniques while fishing in some incredibly picturesque places. We would definitely recommend his guiding service and plan to return in the near future."
"I am Japanese American stopped by Nagano before my 17 year old American daughter and I visit my family.
I hired Maki for my daughter's passion for fishing. Maki welcomed us.It was fasciating to see how he observes water and fish flow.He changed his hand made needle which looked like a piece of art every hour.Even I could fish a beautiful rainbow trout. Maki was so happy for us if he fished himself.
I needed to save before my trip but it was well worth to be with Maki.
Thank you so much for one beautiful memory.
I will keep in touch with you."
"Had tough conditions which often happen when you plan a trip far in advance, but I have enough experience to know Maki knows his stuff. In fact, I was surprised how much he had in common with my trout bum friends back in the United States. Not long after meeting he seemed like a fishing buddy I've know for years. Cold front gave us two rough days of fishing, but it started to warm and hatch started shortly before I had to leave and managed a nice rainbow. Will have to return for Yamame and Iwana. Despite the fish not cooperating, had a great time with beautiful surroundings. "