Yes, there are still one or two recap posts in the pipeline – eagerly awaiting to get published on the just relaunched blog. While I was busy working on the new visual appearance of SurfaceDiary, I finally found the time to sort and select some of the still missing pictures I took during the last few days of this years trip to Japan.
This post is featuring some great imagery and highly memorable moments from a fishing trip with Hayashi-san of Slowtaper, Takahashi-san of Less is More and good friend Tsuyoshi. I already had the pleasure to meet Hayashi-san a few times in previous years and the memories of our trip to Inba in June last year are still fresh and vivid. Takahashi-san and I got introduced to each other on last years trip to Lake Biwa – together with mutual friend Masami Motoki of Tsunami Lures.
On this last day of the trip, we met around 3 am in the morning and after a quick stop a nearby “konbini” (convenience store), we took a small and curvy road to Ushiku numa. It was the first time I went to this place and the river looked quite promising. Unfortunately I already heard about how difficult to fish this area really is. Even for locals, topwater fishing on the narrow and reed-covered river is tough during most parts of the season.
Before we started fishing, I bought the just released “Distill GL54” from Hayashi-san. This beautiful designed graphite rod is amazingly crisp and lightweight, while the reduced length feels just perfect for fishing narrow rivers and from a float tube or kayak.
I instantly started to practice side and backhand casting and loved it right away. That I had a first good strike and thrilling fight just minutes later, put a bright smile on my face and left the other participants slack-jawed. Lure of choice was Anydope’s “OneNac” – my absolute favorite for slow and steady style fishing in tough conditions.
After an entertaining photo shoot, we continued fishing and enjoyed the warming sunrise. During the first two hours of the trip there where no more bites, and I quickly realized what a lucky punch I just landed with this first fish of the day.
Fishing together with Hayashi-san is always entertaining. Just from watching him topwater fishing, you can learn more than with practicing for years.
To my surprise, I got more flattering feedback for one of my prototypes. That Hayashi-san loved playing the tiny pencil that much, put a bright smile on my face and the fish he caught minutes later was the highlight of the day. I was glad and happy to get the final proof that my little lure is not only fun to fish, but also efficient in tough conditions.
Around midday we quit fishing and had some very delicious Ramen for lunch to perfectly round-up the last day of the trip. Thanks again for having me and taking me out fishing!
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