Summer in Japan is hot! With temperatures around 32C-38C (93-100F). The area of where we fish is on a tributary of Lake Ginzan in Niigata Prefecture. It is located on the West coast of Japan’s Honshu Island, bordering the Sea of Japan.

The area has beautiful water, with endless small streams with hungry trout. It is a popular summer destination for many people to get out and enjoy nature. The region is also one of the largest rice production areas in Japan.

We were fishing around 750. above sea level. Not that high but definitely not as warm as at sea level.

It is great to experience new places that we have never been, with no expectations, no pressure from other anglers, just a bunch of fish.

We quickly discovered many small fish (10-18cm) that were there but no signs of larger fish (30cm above). We were searching for larger size fish using a 10 foot 3 weight rod with manic jig head H&C size 10. This setup  Which is a good way to search deeper places and faster runs, and we were lucky to find a few good-sized fish around 25cm-31cm! These Japanese Char sure are special.

Kiyoshi Nakagawa is from Japan but resides in Auckland, New Zealand and is a professional fly fishing guide and photographer. Give him a follow at @nzyoshi.

Summer Fly Fishing in the Japanese Backcountry


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