The beauty of Tenkara is simplicity. You just need rod, line and flies. That’s it. I had a chance to fish with a Tenkara master Mr. Sakakibara in a small stream of Japan. He gets as close as possible to the fish like a Ninja and moves his wrist slightly. The next moment, the fly is a feet ahead of fish, drifting naturally and Japanese beautiful native trout, Amago is rising to the fly. He does exactly the same movement every time like a machine. Every time he moves his wrist slightly, the next moment, the beautiful fish is rising to his precise perfect presentation. Some people say the origin of the word “TENKARA” comes from “from heaven” in Japanese. The god gave us the way to catch fish or the joy to catch fish. You don’t need much to catch fish or be happy. You just need a rod, line and flies if you know Tenkara fishing. How simple is that? On the very first Tenkara fishing day of your life, it’s quite possible to catch fish. That’s Tenkara fishing.
The beauty of Tenkara is its simplicity.
As for me, I prefer to fish with a reel. As you know, it takes time to be able to cast in western style fly fishing. You need practice. Some people just give up before they reach the point. It took me a year to catch the first very sensitive Japanese Yamame/Amago with a western style fly fishing. However, I never forget the moment of catching the first Yamame/Amago in my life. All the efforts were rewarded. It is all about the process for me.
Born and raised in Shizuoka, Japan.
Toshi grew up doing all kinds of outdoor sports. He has been taking photos for Japanese outdoor magazines/national TV etc… In 2013, he walked all 9 great walks in New Zealand in 9 weeks fully sponsored by Air New Zealand. During this trip, he was introduced to fly fishing. In 2014 and 2015, he worked as a guide in fiordland national park in NZ. Since then, he has been chasing fish and taking photos of fly fishing scenes.