Brookville

White Mountain Apache Reservation, Arizona
July 21, 2018


On the drive in
Valley streams
Stealth streams
Gearing up, my sugegasa from Isaac Tait, my kebari from Todoroki Toshiro
Todoroki-san kebari
The Brown trout of Brookville
Cow pie with mushrooms
Drop the gear and celebrate
Snow Peak titanium sake set getting a workout
Kampai!!!
Friends!
Lower Brookville, no restrictions
Zerosum 4.5m business
Upper Brookville is on Tribal land with restricted access unless you are with a Tribal member as a guest
Resident Brook Trout
The resident trout are known to take flight
Working a 4.5m rod
All good things must come to an end, on the way home






Kauai Trout


The Hawaiian islands are a great destination for adventure! You can do anything from a lazy day at a pristine beach to a crazy night in a busy international city. I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to have visited the islands many times over my lifetime. I lived there for three years and created many adventures on land, sea and in the air but I’ll keep this on the ground, toned down and target just one single fishing opportunity.


Mountain stream trout fishing in the headwaters of Waimea Canyon

For those of you that have not been to Hawaii, I will review the islands and give a little history of the trout there and what to expect.

The research for this adventure and my story was created using the tools of a modern traveling trout fisherman, the Internet, local knowledge, guide books and satellite mapping. I wrote the research and preparation on my iPad before the trip and kept a written diary during my experience and edited the story in the evenings after it happened.


The Hawaiian islands were originally inhabited by Polynesian sailors and voyagers in 300 to 800 A.D. the islands were later visited by the British explorer Capt. James Cook in 1778. In 1893, a group of American sugar cane planters overthrew the ruling Hawaiian monarchy. Soon after, the US marines came to protect the plantations from retaliation. The Hawaiian Islands became the 50th state in the United States of America in 1959.

The state of Hawaii is comprised of 8 islands that make up the group collectively known as Hawaii. There is the big island of Hawaii which is aptly named because of its size, Maui, O’ahu, which is where the famous North Shore of surfing is and Honolulu on the South shore which is the capital of Hawaii , Kahoolawe, Lanai, Molokai, Kauai and Nihau together make up the state.

The islands of Hawaii are the most remote islands in the world. Located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, 2,390 miles from California and 3,850 miles from Japan, the Hawaiian islands are the furthest from any landmass. Consequently, the Hawaiian chain of islands are 1,523 miles long making them the longest chain of islands. Kauai, the subject island of this story is among the rainiest places on the earth with more than 450 inches annually each year for the last 100 years. The highest point is on the big island of Hawaii, Mauna Kea at 13,796’ with the lowest point being at sea level along the coast lines. 


The trout of Hawaii

Trout are not native to Hawaii. They have been introduced. There are trout on at least four of the islands, O’ahu, Maui, Kauai and the big island. The original stocking of the streams in Kauai are well documented and were studied over a hundred years ago. At this time, there are at least three streams on Kauai that contain trout. The trout in these streams are “wild” trout naturally reproducing from the original stocking in 1920. At that time, 50,000 rainbow trout eggs that originated from Montana and Utah arrived in Honolulu harbor on a ship that carried them from California. The eggs were then transported to Kauai were they were taken to a hatchery to hatch the trout fry for introduction into the headwater streams of Waimea Canyon.

There is a commercial rainbow trout farm on Maui and a fisheries hatchery on Oahu that serves for stocking Hawaii’s public fishing lakes. I have heard from local fly fishers that there is a wild trout stream on the big island that takes a couple of hours hike to get to. Perhaps a target for later trips but for now, we will stay on track with the wild trout on Kauai.

This trip was a year in the making and I have had help from fishermen that wrote about their experiences in Kauai online. Three had been there and have caught wild trout. One of those people have been instrumental in the logistics of my trip and the other two have simply helped with their experience. Another angler passed on maps and notes about hiking in the area. If you are serious about catching the wild trout in Kauai, you will run upon at least a couple of people who have previously written about their own adventures. Out of the few angler/authors that I contacted, most have been enthusiastic about sharing their knowledge. I will join them and add to the knowledge base however, you will have to put the pieces together to build your own picture of adventure.


Tenkara fishing

As with all of my travel, I put together a minimal pack list for fishing the mountain streams. I am a tenkara fisher that enjoys the effective minimalism in tenkara. The equipment of this simple method of Japanese fly fishing can be succinctly described as “rod, line and fly.” Japanese tenkara is a form of fixed line mountain stream fishing for trout and what I’ll be doing in Kauai fits the description perfectly. I have quite a bit of travel experience using a tenkara fishing kit that is easy to pack inside of a small backpack. The rod is telescoping and the line is fixed to the end of the rod and it is lightweight yet easy to pin point cast. Tenkara is perfect for travel and I have pared down my kit from experience and use a tiny fishing bag that holds a little fly box, three card spools of different lines and a nipper as well as a Derf needle driver (forcep) for removing deeply swallowed flys.

The logistics of my equipment and travel to Kauai

My flight is direct into Lihue from Phoenix and I will be renting a economy car to get to the area where there is trout. I found a beach hostel in Lihue for about $30 per night. I only need a shower and facilities in the morning before I drive to fishing and back in the evening to clean up so this cheap and efficient alternative was a welcome find.


My fishing trip is before our family vacation so I have two full days to drive the hour and a half to the trail head and hike a couple of miles to get to my target. Having spent lots of time in the jungles of the islands, I know what to expect. I create a pack list and follow it closely. I will be catching up with my family on the big island after the Kauai leg of my vacation so there is more to my pack list than pure mountain stream fishing.


The freshwater fishing regulations for Kauai require a license. This can be purchased online and if you are camping in the area at one of the few remote campsites, you will need a permit. I could have just camped but the logistics of my vacation did not support taking my camping kit. The cheap economy rental car will get me close enough to the streams and I can park and hike the rest of the way. If I am successful in catching the trout on day one, I can use day two for exploring the island. I’m equipped for hiking and snorkeling too and there is a lot to do in Kauai.

I enjoy the “plan your work and work your plan” method for my adventures. This helps me stay focused on my goal with room to make dynamic decisions based on the conditions of travel. The target area is rainy so I chose a lightweight rain jacket and a rain skirt for my kit. I also use a compact daypack and keep my things in a dry bag. The area of trout is epic for hiking and photography so it is my intent to catch a few trout in a couple of the streams and move on. I want to sample fishing in the streams, enjoy Kauai, and move on to the family portion of our vacation.

The trip

I flew straight into Lihue. Its a six hour direct flight from Phoenix. I arrived at the airport, shuttled to the rental car, found the hostel and then a place to get a refreshment. There is a Kauai location of my favorite restaurant close by, I’m having a drink in paradise before I turn in. I’ve gone from extremely hot and dry climate to nice and misty rain, it’s time to relax and unwind, I’m on vacation and it’s just getting started.

I set the alarm early, 5a. Sunrise is 6 and it took about an hour and a half to get to the area up the canyon. I stopped at a lookout for a photo and finished out the drive. It was clear, sun out and clouds in the canyons on the lee sides. My notes were impeccable but I still made a major mistake. The TOPO did not distinguish a power line trail from a road and ten minutes into my 2+ mile hike and I’m in dense jungle and soaked from mist and dew. Mother Hawaii is making me work for it. I persevered and drop into the dirt and mud road that I was supposed to be driving on.

Nothing was going to stop me (except me)

I had my GPS on the phone and it took me an hour plus to get to my destination. The pack comes off, I rig and rest. The stream is choked with a thorn berry plant, sticky sharp wiry vine type tanglefoot and slick mud slopes, volcanic rocks here and there but I can see the trout in the coffee colored stained water. I thread a cast and drift a half second and STRIKE! On my first cast! But I miss him, and several others. I know I’m going to catch fish but when? I try to move along the stream but I’m tired and tense. I finally catch one, then two, falling into the rhythm of a tenkara angler.. I catch about a half dozen trout in this section.


It is pretty straight forward catching trout in Kauai. The guidance is there, clues here and there but you won’t get the cake from me.

You have to cook it up yourself from your own recipe. The people that helped me will help you just like I am helping you here.

I’m back on the beach now, finally on vacation. Research, make a plan and execute it. See what you have but be careful, you could make a huge problem for yourself just bushwhacking in the jungle. Make sure you know what you are doing and more importantly, draw limits for yourself and stay within them.


List of useful links










Good luck and mahalo.

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My Kauai Trout pack list

Travel Documents

Flight reservation info (to Lihue)
Rental car reservation info (Lihue)
Beach hostel reservation info
Fishing license (printed)
Camping permit (printed)

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Pack List

Travel Duffle/Pack
Tote
Sling Bag
Stuffable backpack
20L stuff sack
Travel pillow
Travel blanket
Umbrella
Hat
Buff
Sunglasses
Aloha Shirt x 1
Rainjacket
Rain Skirt
Hoody Rashguard
Travel pants x 1
LS t-shirts x 3 (camouflage - raglan)
Track pants x 1
Lounge shorts
Shorts x 2
Surf trunks x 2
Travel underwear x 4
Hiking boots & socks
Flip flops
Sleeping Mask

Bathroom kit
Medicine
Sunscreen

iPhone + case, charger/cord
MacBook + charger/cord
iPad + case, pencil, charger/cord
AirPods
Nikon waterproof camera kit

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Tenkara list

Micro Pack
lines x 3 ea
forceps
5x tippet
Kebari

Fishing license

Stuffable backpack
13L Dry Bag

Genryu Fishing of Japan #40

Photo by Uberto Calligarich
Ezoharu Zemi

by Keiichi Okushi

Ezoharu Zemi is a small cicada with a male body length of about 3 cm. In our main genryu fishing field Tohoku region, they occur in the broadleaf forest such as beech from late May to July. In Japanese, Ezo means Hokkaido and Haru means spring, so the meaning of the name of Ezoharu-zemi is “a cicada telling the spring to the north country”. What a fascinating name it is. The Ezoharu-zemi’s echoing in the forest tells us the arrival of a full-fledged genryu fishing season. In such a season early June we go on the first genryu fishing trip of the year.



This year, we went on a genryu trip to North-Tohoku, Iwate, on a group of 6 people. Our normal size of the group for a genryu fishing trip is 3 or 4 people, but this time we had 3 new friends joining in the group. One guy was Go Ishii (Go-chan). I met him about 2 years ago on a short genryu trip that we went with 2 American friends. We often saw from that trip and Go-chan wanted to join our genryu trip. Another guy was Uberto (Ubi-chan). He is an Italian who lives in Osaka. I got to know him when he came to the event with Yuzo Sebata last year. Last guy was Matsuzawa-san. He is a friend of Tsurumi-san (Tsuru-chan, my best genryu friend) from the school days.



At 21:00 on Thursday, we gathered at Shin-shirakawa station in Fukushima where we always meet and parked some cars at near -by parking, then we headed to north on Tohoku motorway to Iwate. We got off the motorway around mid-night and drove general road for about 30 minutes, then drove into a dirt forest road. In about 15 minutes we arrived at the end of the forest road. There was no car parked before us, and we felt a luck. The first day was rainy weather forecast until around noon, but fortunately it was not raining. We laid a blue-sheet and made a toast with beer celebrating a safe arrival into the mountain. Then we drunk about 1 hour while talking about each other 's current situation, and we had a nap for 2-3 hours until the morning.

In the morning, I woke up with the sound of rain that beat the roof of the car. It became steadily rain when it became bright. Okay, departure was unfortunately in the rain. We wore rain jackets and quickly packed the baggage. The departure was 6 o'clock, rain was strong, but today's over mountain course time is about three and a half hours. As we planned to pick up bamboo shoots and wild vegetables on the way, so I estimated that we would arrive at the tenba (campsite) in around 4 hours.

Ten minutes after we started walking out, the mountain climbing trail became very steep. Matsuzawa-san and Go-chan seemed to suffer for climbing over the mountain as it was their first time. Ubi-chan carried 20 kg of luggage, but he continued to climb further with young Italian power. I also became feeling little sick because of lack of sleep and chilling due to rain. I climbed a steep climb in about 20 minutes with slower pace than usual. Then there was a huge snow bridge laying over the route. This year the snow bridge looked much bigger than usual year. I thought there should be more and bigger snow bridges in genryu area.

We had a rest after climbed over the snow bridge, but there was bit windy and rain was still strong. We thought we should not stay there for a long time because We worried about getting cold out of our body. So we continue walking through the pass and arrived at nemagaritake-bush where we planned to harvest nemagaritake(bamboo shoots). We decided on 15 minutes harvest time, and we were divided apart. There seemed to be few people who came here for bamboo shoots this year, and enough amount of bamboo shoots could be harvested in 15 minutes.

Soon after we arrived at the peak of the mountain after harvesting nemagaritake, but all the wonderful scenery was in the fog. Well, raining started to fall little by little when we started going down to the target river. By that time, our body got used to walking and earned a good distance. When we went down the mountain path, we arrived at the first small stream. From there to the mainstream we walked while harvesting wild vegetables such as koshiabura, Taranome and udo. Trails had no footsteps of predecessors, probably we thought we were the first anglers this year and fishing would be great.

We arrived at the tenba (camp-site) around 10 o'clock. It was a wide, flat 5-star tenba on a river terrace that we could overlook the river. I felt happy thinking that we could enjoy a good camping and good fishing for two days. Tsuru-chan and Ubi-chan set up the rope for tarps quickly. Then everyone worked keenly to set two tarps and spread blue sheets under the tarp, we got a completion of a comfortable river house. I took off my wet clothes and put dry clothes on. My body got warmed and I finally got comfortable. We had light lunch before the noon, and as it was still raining a little, I took a nap under the tarp. It was the time of bliss.

The rain stopped before 14:00 and the little muddy flow in front of the camp site became clear little by little. When a quick minded Hama-chan and Ubi-chan started casting a rod alternately in front of tenba, Hama-chan caught a good Iwana of about 27cm in a while. The weather forecast said it would sunny forecast for next 2 days. Our main fishing day would be 2nd day. We planned to fish and wade the mainstream altogether up to one big tributary and split into 2 groups from there.

Early in the evening we made a bonfire and started drinking while preparing dinner. The menu of the day was Hama-chan’s Tempura of wild vegetables, Go-chan's Grilled hormone and Tsuru-chan’s pork miso soup. The bamboo shoots burned with bonfire was also excellent appetizer. Our cold bodies were warmed up from the core with grand bonfire and hot pork miso soup. We enjoyed drinking until 9 o'clock and slept in sleeping bags. When I awoke in the midnight, I saw a bright big moon from among the trees. I fell asleep again praying for nice weather for the next day.

I woke up after 6:00 in the morning. The sun was already rising, and a wonderful blue sky was spreading. Some of the members were already awake and a bonfire was buring to prepare breakfast. Ubi-chan made pastas of tomato sauce. This was the best pasta we ever ate in genryu. It was very cold when I touched the river water to wash the dishes. So I felt that it was better to start fishing after the sun would be high in the sky.

Photo by Uberto Calligarich
Hama-chan had a rod and headed upstream at 7:30. At 8:15 the sun has risen high in the sky, and Ezoharu-zemi started shrilling in the forest. Temperatures also got higher, we got ready and walked upstream at around 8:30. Hama-chan was fishing slowly waiting for us, so we caught up with Hama-chan in about ten minutes. Because the water temperature is still low, the activity of the fish was not high, but Hama-chan, Tsuru-chan and Ubi-chan fished nice size Iwana.

We reached the main part of mainstream around 10:30. The temperature has risen high and the activity of the fish also got higher at once. The stream started to have some run-off, but it was not the level to affect fishing. We fished Iwana fairly and reached the confluence point with the tributary around noon. We had lunch by the river. Then the sunlight was already very hot.

We had been divided apart after the lunch. Go-chan returned to tenba. Hama-chan, Ubi-chan and Matsuzawa-san went into the tributary. Tsuru-chan and I headed to upper part of main stream. Fishing was just great after that too, but We were blocked our way by the snow bridge to clog the valley. We checked the climbing route, but it was not easy. Time was also getting tight, so we decided to finish fishing and went back to down-stream. Collecting Nemagaritake on a way back, we arrived at tenba at 15:00. Go-chan was gathering firewood. Hama-chan group returned about 1 hour later. They said they had excellent fishing in the tributary too. “I have been fishing a lot since I came to Japan, but today’s fishing was just like another world. So great. I have never had fishing like today.” Ubi-chan said smiling. 

Photo by Uberto Calligarich
It was fine weather on that day, so we made a bonfire just beside the river and began preparing dinner. The menu of the day was my miso-soup of bamboo shoots, Ubi-chan’s spaghetti Ario Orio Peperoncino Anchovy, Hama-chan's Iwana with marinated kelp, yesterday's remaining hormone grill. Then we grilled 6 Iwana for the souvenirs for Tsuru-chan and Ubi-chan. We call this unseasoned grill way “Shirayaki”. We make Shirayaki when we would like to keep Iwana for several days. Knack of Grilling Shirayaki Iwana is to grill slowly over long hours with a far-fire. On the second night in the genryu everyone got back physical strength and had the best time. We talked about fishing, about mountains, about memories of a young age. Many topics came out from one to the next, a party with laughter continued late into the night.

Photo by Uberto Calligarich
The morning of the last day also started under fine weather. We enjoyed a slow breakfast surrounding the bonfire. Matsuzawa-san's Harusame-don(Vermicelli rice) with Nemagaritake shoots was so good. We cleaned tenba and the bonfire just like we came before, and we left tenba around 9:00. A long climbing continued to the peak on the return trip, but as our bodies got used to for two days in the mountain we all climbed at a good pace. Early summer sun shined strongly, but hardwood forest blocked the heat. From the peak we were able to fully enjoy the beautiful scenery of the mountains of the Ohu Mountain Ranges.

Photo by Uberto Calligarich
In this fishing trip, we got new genryu friends as Go-chan, Ubi-chan and Matsuzawa-san. Hard climbing over the mountain in the cold rain on the first day, a heavenly fishing under the beautiful blue sky surrounded by green forest, drinking good sake by the bonfire, all things seemed better than usual because we had them. Go-chan and Ubi-chan said they would participate in the fishing trip next month again. Matsuzawa-san promised resumption. Thus, a full-fledged genryu season started up this year. While I was thinking those things, we got close to the Parking place. We were slowly walking down the trail in the forest where Ezoharu-zemi’s shrilling was echoing.

Genryu Fishing of Japan #39


Seasons of Keiryu Fishing

by Keiichi Okushi

Now it is end of March. Opening day of the keiryu fishing season of our areas is around the corner. It depends on the area, keiryu fishing season opens at middle of Feburary or beginning of March in some prefectures, but for us living in eastern Japan, opening day of keiryu fishing is mostly 1st April. We had very cold winter in 2018 and had lots of snow falls in the north and north west coast part of Japan. I just pray for not having snow anymore and warm spring because the overflowing snow slows down the fishing season.


In early April it is time for our area to celebrate the full bloom of cherry blossoms, a symbol of spring in Japan. Cherry blossoms in full bloom dye cities and towns with light pink color, people walk in parks or street lined with cherry trees looking at the cherry blossoms. The cherry blossoms at night, especially the fantastic atmosphere of the lighted up cherry blossoms is also very beautiful. Cherry blossoms bring the spring to towns, but even in low mountain ranges where we go for keiryu fishing, the trees just start to bud, the mountains are still in winter's dress. Needless to say, the deep genryu is still under the deep snow. However, for us who have been away from the mountain stream for half a year, fishing even in the stream in low mountains and casting the rod in the clear flow is a great pleasure. This time of the year, the trees still have no leaves and the entire river is bright and wading through the stream is nice feeling. We get excited looking at the beautiful body of Yamame. It is the time when we feel the joy of coming spring.


In late April the mountains are started to wrap in fresh green at last and the mountain cherries bloom like patchworks on and around the valley. Sometimes the cherry blossom petals fall to the river like snow fall when we wade through the mountain stream. It is a breathtakingly beautiful moment. One day, when I fished one yamame with the beautiful body like that jewel and released her to the river, few cherry blossom petals flew away from somewhere by gentle breeze. I felt the beauty of the spring that is just passing away.


Spring of keiryu as well as the flower of the mountain cherries is over by the beginning of May, then season of early summer comes. There is a consecutive holiday called Golden week in early May in Japan, and a lot of people go out for travel and outdoor activities. This time of the year, the mountains are fully wrapped in light fresh green, and the wisteria flowers bloom all over the valley and amuse anglers' eyes, but full-fledged genryu and high mountains still have snow, and fishing is more difficult due to the influence of run-off. However, it will be possible to enjoy fishing at a region with less snow and genryu in low altitude mountains. We go out to the mountain stream where Iwana can catch from beginning of May. Still we enjoy fishing based on the campsite downstrem of the genryu areas or we just go on a day fishing trip. It is also starting season for sansai picking. We pick many sanaei and taste sansai cuisines at camp. I love the fresh green forest. I feel excited when I think that the season full of life sense will come and we can enjoy genryu fishing in full swing soon.

May is the season for planting rice. In the middle of May, rice planting is done in mountain villages where we drive through on the way to the streams. Once when we were on a way home from fishing in the evening, rice fields were filled with water to plant rice. Then, the rice pads were mirroring the moon and stars of the night sky like a mirror. I stopped the car and just looked over the scenery without words.


Depending on the amount of snowfall in the year, we go to the first genryu fishing camp of the season at the end of May or early June. We climb over the mountain listening to the cry of Ezo-Haru-Cicadas to the genryu. The mountain streams in high mountains still have influences of run-off, so we normally go to the genryu in the mountains of the Pacific Ocean side with relatively low snowfall. At this time, many mountain vegetables and bamboo shoots can be taken in the mountains of the Tohoku region, and we can enjoy these mountain vegetables dishes at camping. Regarding fishing as well, the Iwana, which still have few anglers yet in that season, have low vigilance and shows a very good response to the fly we cast. Sometimes it is impossible to go to very upstream by being blocked by the snow-bridge, but it is a wonderful season that you can enjoy the pleasant fresh green forest, wonderful fishing and delicious wild vegetables.

In June, mountains and forests are completely covered with dark green color. Then the rainy season comes to the Kanto region where we live and to Tohoku region later in 10 days. Since the camping in the genryu struck by rain can not be said to be comfortable, camping fishing in rainy season should be careful of the weather. Rainy season is a hard time for outdoor activities, but on the other hand this rain raises crops and rice.

July still continues to be the season of the rain, but the temperature rises steadily and mid-summer comes. It is a season where you can enjoy a wonderful genryu fishing if the weather is fine. Every year, we go genryu camp fishing trip for 3 days after middle of July when the rainy season ends. In this period, the effects of snow are no longer even in the genryu of fairly high mountains, we can go to the genryu of full-fledged high mountain. If the weather is blessed, the temperature is high under the summer sun, and it is a time when you can enjoy exhilarating fishing by actively entering the river. We are fond of challenging to the rugged and beautiful genryu of the Asahi mountains such as Miomote river at this time. However, in the year when the rainy season has prolonged, it is necessary to pay full attention to the rapid rise of the river due to precipitation and sudden heavy rain.

In July after fishing in genryu, when we park the car to buy juice for resting in the mountain village in the evening, we listen to full of frogs' barking sounds coming from the rice fields. It tells us the arrival of mid-summer. It is also beautiful at night when fireflies flying faintly around ridges and irrigation canals by the rice fields.

Normally by about 20th July, the long rainy season ends. The schools are on summer vacation, and real summer heat comes. It is the best season to escape the heat town to the cool mountains, but on the Japan Sea side in Tohoku regions which are the main fields of our genryu fishing, large amount of blood sucking horse flies “Mejiro-Abu” occurs from this time. It is impossible to do fishing while being hit by a horde of Mejiro-Abu. Since Mejiro-Abu is active until the end of August, we go to the genryu in Pacific Ocean side or in the pretty high-altitude genryu with low temperature where there is no Mejiro-Abu.

The season for genryu fishing in our fields is from April to September for 6 months, but due to, the remaining snow in April and May, Run-off in early summer, and Mejiro-Abu in mid-summer, the comfortable fishing period in the genryu is only about two months in fact. However, it can be said that primitive nature, the river and the fish living there are being protected because the period of this fishing season is extremely limited.

As mentioned, in this hopeless Mejiro-Abu season, we go to the genryu where Mejiro-Abu do not live for example in Pacific Ocean side. Camping in genryu of this time is best if there is no Mejiro-Abu. In August, the hot weather exceeds 30 degrees centigrade every day and we have sleepless tropical nights day by day in towns. However, in the mountain villages there is a comfortable coolness that you do not need air conditioners at night.

Mejiro-Abu who rages in the summer disappears to somewhere at the end of August. In the beginning of September, we go on an expedition to the genryu that we were most looking forward to during the season. It is the easiest time to enter the tough valleys with high water volume such as Miomote river in Asahi mountains or Kurobe river. Iwana shows a wonderful response to the fly in the genryu, because there was nearly no angler during the mid-summer due to the outbreaks of Mejiro-Abu. Keiryu fishing season ends at the end of September in most rivers. So, in middle of September, as many anglers enter the river to enjoy the last fishing in the season, the nature and the fish 's vigilance becomes stronger, and fishing becomes difficult.

From July to September, although we sometimes have typhoons, the weather is reasonably quite stable, the temperature is high, you can enjoy comfortable fishing and camp life. However, at high altitude genryu areas, once the weather collapses the temperature goes down considerably, the bonfire in the camp is essential, clothing needs to be warm enough. Yes, in the mountains, autumn comes over sooner. In the middle of September, you can harvest a lot of mushrooms in the forests along the streams or in the mountains on the way to the genryu.

Especially the mushrooms called maitake is the best mushroom that can be found in the forests of genryu areas. We are sure Maitake is the most delicious mushroom that matches any dish such as tempura, miso soup, maitake rice, baked mushroom and any other dishes. Some friends are crazy about searching for Maitake around this time.


Iwana lay eggs from October to November. In the latter half of September, we can see Iwana which have already started pairing in various places in the stream such as in the deep pools. Then they move upstream day by day for egg laying. I think that we should not disturb the Iwana at this period. In late September, when the hardwood trees of the genryu forests gradually color, I end up fishing and leave genryu having a feeling of gratitude in my heart.


Autumn signs also come to mountain villages in the end of September. Rice fields have reached fruitful season, they rain ears of rice and wait for the harvest. The rice fields in the sun is just like dyed in golden color. We dive home from the last genryu trip of the year through this golden rice fields.

I am already preparing for my first fishing of 2018 in the stream near my home-town. I am excited about what kind of fishing trips I will experience this year.