After a long winter break from fishing, spring is finally here! This is the best time of year for fly fishing in Japan.
Yesterday, I went to Sasama-gawa with my fishing buddy Mr. Sakai-san. It was a clear day with light winds. Perfect fly fishing conditions.
Mr. Sakai-san caught 4 amago trout for the day. A very good catch for this area. His largest fish was about 23 cm. (see below)
I hooked 2 amago, but only landed one of them. It was small, about 15 cm. But I was happy, because it was my first fish of the season.
There was a hatch of tan mayflies that day. And "match the hatch" fishing produced all of the fish. Here is a close-up of a mayfly from that day. Notice the orange egg sack on the abdomen. I am thinking of adding the orange bit to some of my tied fllies.
Here is a mayfly from Kanogawa (week before last). This mayfly was 2 to 3 times the size of the one above from Sasamagawa. Also notice the difference in wing color.I told my friends Spider and Dan at DK Littleton Outfitters in Greenville South Carolina that I would take a picture with one of their flags in Japan.
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