Painting by Kiyoshi Ishihara
Sep02

Painting by Kiyoshi Ishihara

Today, I received a painting in the mail by Kiyoshi Ishihara. Ishihara-san is a prominent Japanese tenkara angler and a member of the storied Harima Fishing Club (of which, I’m probably the most deadbeat member in the club’s history). It was an extraordinarily generous gift from another very prominent tenkara angler back here in the U.S.–John Vetterli of Tenkara Guides. This watercolor is very simple-scorning...

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Gyotaku Brook Trout Print
Sep12

Gyotaku Brook Trout Print

  Today, I received my long awaited gyotaku print!  In Japanese, “gyo” means “fish” and “taku” roughly translates to “rubbing”, so “gyotaku” could be translated as “fish rubbing”.  Basically, the process involves painting a fish (literally), then laying a piece of washi paper over it, rubbing it to transfer the ink (or paint) to the paper, and finally...

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Framed Tenkara Flies
Aug20

Framed Tenkara Flies

  I recently wrote about some of the flies I got from the Tenkara Summit.  Two of them were very special to me since they were from Dr. Ishigaki.  I was tempted to fish with them but decided to have them framed instead.  I figured I’d get more joy by hanging them on my gear room wall than catching an 8″ brook trout with them.  That way, I can look at them from time to time and remember how great it was to meet Dr....

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