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Cool page on Japanese fly-tying & rod-making

Cool page on Japanese fly-tying & rod-making

Postby Morgan » Sat Nov 21, 2009 6:58 pm

Very cool stuff on crafts including fly-tying and rod-making in the prefecture of Ishikawa (home of Hideki Matsui, it turns out).

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Re: Cool page on Japanese fly-tying & rod-making

Postby Daniel @ Tenkara USA » Sat Nov 21, 2009 9:11 pm

That is where I visited the family that has been tying flies for 400+ years (20 generations), and first got really intrigued by fishing techniques in Japan. They have a museum of traditional crafts, with very old bamboo rods and flies available.
Later I learned this area is famous for "Ayu fishing", which is not tenkara. Yet, it's very cool.
The Meboso family in the area is the family that still ties the traditional Ayu flies, they have been tying flies out of the same shop for 430+ years. The flies generally have a beadhead with gold leafing. It's fascinating. If you're going to Japan you need to "pay homage" to them.
This page talks a bit more about the flies: http://shofu.pref.ishikawa.jp/shofu/jou ... index.html

In contrast with tenkara, ayu fishing features 600+ flies. Most look almost identical, with very minor differences. And, they are historically and naturally barbless, as they used to be made from sewing needles.
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