June 2014 Fly Fishing Trip to Japan, hosted by Christopher Bassano

 

The following is a run-down of the fly fishing trip to Japan that I have organised for June 2014. Once again, we will be chasing Cherry Salmon and Char in the northern streams for the duration of the trip. This trip is not designed to catch trophy trout and in fact, the fish are small by our standards (but very, very plentiful). The attraction here is in catching new species in beautiful surroundings while learning new techniques. It is designed to improve your river fishing skills while emphasising attention to detail – something the Japanese are very well known for. In my opinion, there are no finer small river dry fly anglers IN THE WORLD than the Japanese and if you want to improve, there is nobody better to learn from than the best! You will see things that you have never encountered before no matter how well travelled you are. New flies, new casts, wonderful mending techniques new set ups, etc, etc.

The cost is also found within this letter. Due to popularity, we are most likely running two trips, back to back. The numbers are strictly limited to a maximum of eight anglers per group.

 

Having run our maiden trip in June 2012, here are a few thought from some of those in the group.

 

“I’ve heard there may be another trip to Japan in the offing. Put me down for
it. Right now.
Last years’ trip was amazing. I still day dream about the scenery....wisteria
drooping down to clear rainforest streams, fishing from a ledge in a mossy
canyon, mist coming off a snow melt covering a rivulet...outstanding. And
the fish...small Yamame but big takes right off the surface. It took a while to
master the loooong leaders but it has come in very handy on our own small
streams here.
Hope you are using the same guides as last time...."slow, slow..enjoy"”

                                                                 Michael Beech

 
Two aspects of the fly fishing trip to Japan remain vivid in my memory. One
was of course the fishing which was conducted in pristine mountain streams
bubbling over granite boulders deep in geologically young, precipitous
valleys. Walking the streams was a constant delight with the sun dappling
the water through the canopy that was only interrupted by my back casts. One
does not have to be an expert fly caster to be entranced by fishing in these
conditions.
The second was the cultural experience. The trip is based in a small town in
the Akita prefecture where foreigners from Australia are still somewhat of a
novelty, but the local people and the expert guides were always hospitable
and patient.
At each end of the trip, Masako took the opportunity to show us her Tokyo.
Her local knowledge was an unexpected bonus as we gained a small insight
into the culture of both the big city and the village life of Japan.
I am fortunate to have been able to fish in many countries, but this trip
was a fishing and cultural experience unlike any I have enjoyed before."

Jeff Mount

 

“Who would have guessed it? Japan, the epitome of mountain creek trout fly fishing! A wonderful experience with a lot of beautifully marked trout chasing your dry fly and ‘busting’ the water surface at the take...Very addictive!”

                                                                 Julien Thomas

 

 

GROUP  1.

 

On Monday the 2nd of June, the party will meet either at Narita Airport (the international airport in Tokyo) in the morning or at Haneda Airport before 14:00 for a 15:30 flight. Haneda Airport is also in Tokyo. There is an international flight (QF021) on the morning of the 2nd that arrives at Narita Airport (07:00) for those who have limited time. Our interpreter will be handling the 'on ground' work at airports, hotels, etc. and will be present from when we first get together to the morning of Monday the 9th of June.

The 16:10 flight on the 2nd goes to Akita (north) where we check into the hotel and stay for six nights. On the morning of the 8th of June, we will fly back to Haneda Airport, Tokyo and have the rest of the day for sight seeing / shopping. Japan is home of Tiemco, Gamakatsu, etc and you are sure to find many items that we are unable to purchase outside Japan!

All accommodation is in single rooms (not shared).

We will fish on the 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th of June. There has been one guide organised for every two anglers. ie. You will share a guide with one other person. If you want to share with someone in particular, please let me know on booking.

For those who want to leave immediately after the fishing, I believe there is a flight out of Tokyo Narita Airport (QF022) at 21:30 on the 9th.

 

GROUP  2. (exactly the same itinerary as above but different dates)

 

On Monday the 9th of June, the party will meet either at Narita Airport (the international airport in Tokyo) in the morning or at Haneda Airport before 14:00 for a 15:30 flight. Haneda Airport is also in Tokyo. There is an international flight (QF021) on the morning of the 9th that arrives at Narita Airport (07:00) for those who have limited time. Our interpreter will be handling the 'on ground' work at airports, hotels, etc. and will be present from when we first get together to the morning of Friday the 16th of June.

The 16:10 flight on the 9th goes to Akita (north) where we check into the hotel and stay for six nights. On the morning of the 15th of June, we will fly back to Haneda Airport, Tokyo and have the rest of the day for sight seeing / shopping. Japan is home of Tiemco, Gamakatsu, etc and you are sure to find many items that we are unable to purchase outside Japan!

All accommodation is in single rooms (not shared).

We will fish on the 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th of June. There has been one guide organised for every two anglers. ie. You will share a guide with one other person. If you want to share with someone in particular, please let me know on booking.

For those who want to leave immediately after the fishing, I believe there is a flight out of Tokyo Narita Airport (QF022) at 21:30 on the 16th.

 

The total cost of the trip is $4,800.00

 

What do you get for the money?

 

ALL transport costs from arriving at Narita Airport until your departure one week later.

All accommodation from when you arrive, for one week.

Flight from Haneda (Tokyo) to Akita and return flight.

Evening meal on the of your arrival into Japan and breakfast on the day of departure as well as three meals per day for every day in betwee. Cold drinks will also be provided during the day on guiding days.

Five days of guided fishing with two anglers sharing one guide. Approximately 8 hours per day but this will vary with fishing location and travelling times.

The availability of an interpreter for the duration of the trip – there is very little, if any English spoken by the locals. The interpreter's name is Masako Sawada who is a Japanese lady who currently resides in Hobart but will be joining us for the trip. She has been instrumental in organising the trip. Trying to organise a fly fishing trip to Japan without being able to speak Japanese is as close to impossible as you can get as there is very little information readily available to us. She was invaluable in 2012!

There will be the chance to do some sight seeing or shopping in the afternoon before departure once we arrive back in Tokyo. There are a number of things to do there including going to some of the best fishing stores I have seen. Masako will help to organise anything for you for that afternoon.

 

What you should bring:

 

All of your own fishing equipment. I am very happy to give you my suggestions as to what to bring.

eg. 3 – 4 weight fly rods.

Floating Fly Lines.

Small dry flies.

Long Leaders and fine diameter tippet material.

Waders and wading boots (tungsten studs if possible).

A camera

 

I would highly recommend that you have a look at my web site www.rainbowlodgetasmania.com.au and read the story I wrote after my last trip to Japan 2010. There are also some great photos there to give you an idea of the terrain, water and type of fish you might encounter.

 

What the cost does NOT cover:

 

Your flights to and from Tokyo.

Alcoholic beverages and drinks after fishing hours.

Travel insurance. It is recommended that everyone have travel insurance!

 

As a ball park figure, two years ago these flights cost me $1,200.00 return out of Launceston.

There is absolutely no reason why you could not fly over earlier or stay on after the trip. If you do decide to go early, I can recommend some great places to purchase a few last minute fishing items!

 

On booking, a fifty percent deposit ($2,400) needs to be paid via EFT. I will forward you the account details on confirmation of your request to attend. This money transfer would go into Masako Sawada’s account and is non refundable. The remaining fifty percent is to be paid in the same manner two weeks prior to departure. As I said earlier, numbers are limited and I strongly suggest that you confirm your place quickly if you intend coming.

 

If you have any questions at all, please feel free to email me at cbassano1@hotmail.com or call me on (03) 63993378 or 0428376484.



“…to say it was a great experience is an understatement as the fishing was so much more technical than what I was used to and what I learned there in a short time has been so rewarding for my fishing at home streams. The guides and people are extremely friendly and the scenery is magnificent…”

                                                                Peter Hawke

 

“The experience of fishing the mountain streams of northern Japan is as about as contrasting to Tassie fishing as you can get, a hell of an adventure, and not to be missed. The challenge of trying different techniques in water that was gin clear and free of other anglers was very agreeable and at times amusing. The local guides were also remarkable in that they were unwaveringly polite…”

Trevor Jones